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IAEE Announces New CEM-Advanced Professional Designation and 2019 Program Date

March 5, 2019

CEM-AP Designation Class to be Held in April

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announces the expansion of its CEM Learning Program to meet the needs of exhibitions and events professionals as they develop their career in the industry. Building on years of experience, the recently debuted IAEE Certification Journey is comprised of five levels: Workforce Ready Assessment, CEM Certified, CEM-Advanced Professional, CEM Fellow and CEM Emeritus.

“The IAEE Certification Journey provides a distinctive path for those in the CEM community to build additional core leadership skills in their career path,” said 2019 IAEE Chairperson Tom Cindric, Jr., CEM, Senior Vice President for Informa, Global Exhibitions. “It speaks to IAEE’s overall strategic plan to provide personalized learning experiences that tie in to our members’ career growth and development.”

As CEMs complete each phase of their certification journey, they will receive a digital badge that can be used on business cards, email signatures, etc. to demonstrate their CEM certification level.

The Certified in Exhibition Management Advanced Professional (CEM-AP) certification program is for CEMs with at least 10 years of industry experience who have acquired 30 education/leadership credits through a combination of leadership activities and industry-related continuing education. Applicants must complete one mandatory, two-day course as part of the CEM-AP requirement.

“Leading and Negotiating for Success” will be offered prior to the Women’s Leadership Forum on 28-29 April 2019 at the Lansdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg, Va. The course will be taught by Georgetown University professor Dr. Sam Potolicchio, who is also the Director of Global and Custom Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

“We saw an ideal opportunity for current CEMs planning to attend the Women’s Leadership Forum to maximize this time they have set aside for professional development,” said IAEE Executive Vice President & COO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE. “Even for CEMs not attending WLF, it is a convenient opportunity to take the next step in their certification journey.”

Click here to submit your CEM-AP application and here for more information about the IAEE Certification Journey.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.

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