Certified Government Meeting Professional

The Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) course is offered in 3 formats – Live (in person), Virtual Synchronous (via Zoom webinar), and On-Demand. You must be a member of SGMP to take the CGMP course. Join SGMP online here.

Note - the course fee for the CGMP class is $649. Students will pay this fee at the time of examination. You will not be listed as a CGMP and will not earn your certification without completing ALL of the following steps: 

1. Complete the CGMP course,

2. Pay the $649 registration fee,

3. Pass the CGMP Examination.

CGMP On Demand

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CGMP Virtual

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The On Demand format is offered continuously throughout the year. Students may sign up at any time via learn.sgmp.org and proceed with course materials at their own pace. Classes are available a-synchronously as recorded video presentations. Handouts, practice exams, and the certification examination are available in the online course and by external link. You will have up to 90 days to complete all components of the course and pass the examination; you will have two attempts to pass the examination. If you are unable to complete the course and pass the examination within 90 days, you will be required to re-enroll in the course.

Register for the CGMP Class and Exam

The Virtual Synchronous format is offered quarterly. Students will register for the course at learn.sgmp.org and will participate in scheduled, synchronous Zoom webinars with a live instructor. Students must be present for all three days of class to be eligible to take the examination. Handouts, practice exams, and the certification examination will be hosted at learn.sgmp.org and may be taken a-synchronously. You will have up to 90 days to complete all components of the course and pass the examination; you will have two attempts to pass the examination. If you are unable to complete the course and pass the examination within 90 days, you will be required to re-enroll in the course.

Register for the CGMP Class and Exam

The Live (in person) format is offered 1-2 times each year. Students may sign up for these live offerings via learn.sgmp.org and will participate in scheduled, live (in person) classes. Students must be present for all days of class to be eligible to take the examination. Handouts, practice exams, and the certification examination will be hosted at learn.sgmp.org and may be taken a-synchronously.  You will have up to 90 days to complete all components of the course and pass the examination; you will have two attempts to pass the examination. If you are unable to complete the course and pass the examination within 90 days, you will be required to re-enroll in the course.

Register for the CGMP Class and Exam

CGMP Recertification

In order to maintain your CGMP certification, every three (3) years you are required to recertify by documenting ongoing involvement in the government meetings industry. While the SGMP online education portal retains a transcript on your behalf, it is ultimately your responsibility to track and document your Contact Hours as you earn them and to recertify by applicable deadlines. Please keep any and all emails and/or certificates you receive that indicate your participation. If you are enrolled in the "recertification package" in the online learning portal, you will receive reminders to earn hours and recertify beginning 90 days from your expiration date.

You must be a current/active member of SGMP in order to recertify.  

Fifteen (15) SGMP-approved education Contact Hours are required for recertification. The following activities count toward your recertification:

  1. Contact Hours at SGMP meetings/events – Fulfilling SGMP-approved education contact hours related to the core competencies within the past three (3) years. May fulfill all fifteen (15) Contact Hours via this method. These hours may be earned in the LMS, or at chapter or national events. 
  2. Activities within SGMP – One (1) recertification point (equivalent to one Contact Hour) can be received by professional engagement in any of the following ways:  
    1. Writing one article that is published in Government Connections magazine 
    2. Serving as a member of the national board or a national committee/task force
    3. Serving as a member of a chapter board or a chapter committee/task force
    4. Serving as a trustee for SGMP's Gilmer Institute of Learning
    5. Moderating 5 SGMP webinars.
  3. Contact Hours in the meetings/hospitality industry – You may earn up to five (5) of the 15 required Contact Hours from education at non-SGMP events within the meetings/hospitality industry. You must submit these hours for approval as part of your recertification application, and they can be tracked on your official transcript in the LMS.

Please note there is a 30-day grace period from the expiration date on your CGMP certificate.  After 30 days, you must re-take the CGMP class and Exam.

The fee to renew your CGMP is $100. 

TO REGISTER for your recertification package, you must navigate to your dashboard, click on CERTIFICATIONS and then select "recertify" to enroll in the package. All courses approved for recertification will be listed in the package. Note that courses earned at national or chapter events may also qualify.