There are a number of designations in the meeting and events industry that a professional can work towards, but admittedly, they can seem daunting. Where do I start? How long should I expect this to take? What should I know ahead of time? How do I prepare?! Luckily enough, our team is chock full of knowledge in these areas, so every once in a while, we’ll feature a know-how for certain designations, with information coming straight from our talented team. This week we tackle the Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) designation.

The DMCP certification was created by the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) to recognize and qualify destination management professionals who demonstrate the highest level of knowledge and commitment to the DMC profession.

In order to earn your DMCP, you must have a minimum of three years experience in the DMC field, active involvement in continuing education programs, and take and pass the DMCP exam. Before you can take the exam, you must apply through an online portal with various required materials. Then, you begin studying, which can be somewhat rigorous. The exam’s 150 questions are based on the book Best Practices in Destination Management, which gives an encapsulating review of all aspects DMC. While we recognize that not all DMCs may be doing everything exactly like the book, it really is a great guiding principle for all operating DMCs. It teaches you that there ARE formulas to everyday tasks in the destination management world, such as how many motor coaches are required for specific sized groups, or various meeting logistics.

SO IS IT WORTH IT?

Absolutely! Having at least one DMCP designation within your DMC is essential to a DMC’s success. If you’re serious about being a top-tier DMC, you should have some team members earning this designation as it allows for a more well-rounded understanding of destination management. On the other hand, if you are hiring a DMC and you notice that no one in the company has earned their DMCP, you should question it. Earning a DMCP designation shows a sincere commitment to the destination management field. It’s important, and worthwhile.

Working towards earning your DMCP and have more questions for us? Reach out in the comments below.