Sustainable Meeting Professionals Certificate

Sustainable Meeting Professionals Certificate

Meeting Professionals International is recognized for providing premier education and professional development opportunities to its members and the meeting and event industry at large. Now MPI is proud to bring this commitment to the growing number of organizations within our industry who are making event sustainability a priority by offering the Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC).

Every organization is subject to the demand for sustainability in its operations. Organizations that care about their sustainability impact are taking measures to ensure their meeting and event planners implement sustainable practices to reduce the negative impacts and increase the positive impacts. The intensive 3-hour SMPC course provides those who plan, organize and host meetings and events, the education, tools and applicable instruction to immediately begin practicing sustainable meeting planning. The Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate will indicate that the holder is capable of planning an event compliant with ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM standards and is able to meet the criteria for GRI reporting.

The SMPC course is built around learning and using the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program®, SMPP®. This is the only sustainable meeting planning tool independently certified by iCompli Sustainability, BPA Worldwide, the premier sustainable meeting planning audit firm in the USA for ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM compliance.

SMPC holders adopting the SMPP® policies and procedures will be able to self-certify that they comply with both the ISO and APEX/ASTM planner standards. And this can be done through the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program (SMPP®) tool.

The Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate is designed for those who make sustainability a priority and wish to improve sustainability in planning meetings and events in accordance with industry standards. It is a perfect fit for organizations involved in hosting, organizing or planning meetings and events for themselves or others. Sustainable planning is applicable to any organizational meeting from board meetings and training sessions to annual conferences and global conventions.

The Sustainable Meeting Planner Certificate, issued with this course, will be an indicator that the holder is capable of planning an event compliant with the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program®, SMPP®. Those businesses that adopt and use the SMPP® are able to self-certify that they comply with industry standards ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM planner requirements and meet the criteria for GRI reporting.

SMPC PROGRAM DETAILS

This Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate course is designed for those who make sustainability a priority and wish to improve sustainability efforts in planning their meetings and events. It is a perfect fit for organizations involved in hosting, organizing or planning a meeting or event for themselves or others. Sustainable planning is applicable to any organizational meeting from board meetings and training sessions to annual conferences and global conventions.

The Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate course can provide your organization with a set of policies and procedures to plan a sustainable meeting and event. A key benefit of participating in the SMPC course is learning about the comprehensive nature of the SMPP® system. Knowledge of the SMPP system will help you plan sustainable events immediately. It provides education, training and implementation steps to begin planning.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Adopt a comprehensive system of sustainable planning policies and procedures
  • Plan an event that meets ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM sustainability standards
  • Plan an event with the required criteria for GRI EOSS reporting
  • Demonstrate they are implementing sustainable policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate transparency by listing in the SMPP® Directory
  • Self-certify to the ISO 20121 standards
  • Self-certify to the APEX/ASTM standards
  • Meet the criteria for SMPP® 3rd party Certification by iCompli
  • Meet the criteria for ISO 20121 3rd party Certification by iCompl.

The SMPC course presents the following educational material from the SMPP® on-line system. The course instructs and prepares students to implement the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program® upon completion of the course.

  • Sustainability Policy for Meeting Planning
  • Sustainable Meeting Planning Standards: ISO, APEX/ASTM & GRI
  • Sustainability Impacts of Meetings and Events
  • Sustainable Meeting Planning Guidelines, Goals and Objectives
  • Compliance, Measurement and Reporting
  • Sustainability checklists and scoring forms
  • Organizational Implementation of Sustainable Meeting Planning Program
  • Sustainability Purchasing, RFP/Contract Clauses and Data Collection
  • Event-Specific Sustainability Requirements and Procedures

In order to receive their certificate and clock hours, students must begin scoring a meeting or event and list it in one of the SMPP® directories as evidence of completing the course requirements. MPI is a CMP Preferred Provider so the course has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit and clock hours will be transmitted to CIC automatically. The SMPC course does not have a test, however, students are expected to read the SMPP® Manual and score one meeting in order to achieve certification. Students using the SMPP® system are authorized to use the SMPP designation behind their names. The SMPC course is built around the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program®, SMPP®. This is the only sustainable meeting planning program independently certified by iCompli Sustainability, BPA Worldwide, the premier sustainable meeting planning audit firm in the USA for ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM compliance. SMPC holders will be able to obtain the SMPP® Certificate from iCompli upon completing the application and audit.

You will learn to:

  • Make better planning decisions to improve the sustainability impacts of your meetings and events.
  • Implement the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program® immediately and effectively in your organization.
  • Operate your business transparently in hosting and organizing meetings and events.

MPI has partnered with Avila Government Services, Inc. (Avila) to bring you the Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate. Avila is the first company which is third party certified by iCompli BPA Worldwide to the ISO 20121 standards for sustainable meeting planning. The SMPP® system is also endorsed by the Convention Industry Council, which partnered with Avila to provide the SMPP® tool for planners to meet the APEX/ASTM level 1 planner.

3 Clock Hours available

Strategic Domain: Strategic Planning

Standard: $399.00
Preferred: $299.00
Essential: $299.00
Premier: $269.10

Lessons

Activities Included:

Introduction

SCORM Course

SMPC Exam

Evaluation