CEM – Certified in Exhibition Management

CEM – Certified in Exhibition Management, is an internationally recognized designation for professionals in the Exposition and Events Industry.

CAEM is pleased to be partnering with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) to provide courses specific to the Canadian exposition and events industry.

These courses can be taken as stand-alone industry specific education. Event professionals can also work towards attaining the professional designation Certified in Exposition Management (CEM) to share their knowledge, increase their overall awareness within the industry, and to be recognized for their achievements as professionals in the event management field.



Program Elements

The CEM Learning Program is a nine-part adult learning and certification program designed to provide industry professionals an in-depth understanding of the overall operations of the industry. To begin the program, you must have three years of full-time experience in the exhibitions and events industry.

You may choose any nine out of the twelve courses offered to complete the program. Courses are offered both online and on-location and you may take all nine courses online, on-location or a combination of both formats. Each course has a corresponding online exam that must be proctored and taken within 90 days of the course date. You have three years from the date of your first passed exam in which to complete all nine courses and exams. If you have your CMP, you automatically receive credit for the Conference and Meeting Management course.

Recertification is required every three years after the candidate earns the designation.  Recertification requires CEMs to earn 15 hours of professional continuing education and pay a renewal fee in a three-year time period.

Application Process and Criteria

To begin the program, you must have three (3) years of full-time experience in the exhibitions and events industry and submit an online application. An application fee is also required at the time the application is submitted ($100 for IAEE or CAEM members/$125 for non-members).

Applications are submitted through the IAEE Member Dashboard at http://members.iaee.com. Your default logon is your email address and your password is your first name+last name (all lower case, no spaces). The application is under the “Certifications” section.

When you are accepted into the program, you will receive a welcome email containing log in information to Blackboard, IAEE’s learning management system that houses all course materials. You will also receive the latest edition of the Art of the Show textbook.

You can then begin registering for courses. To view the schedule and register for courses click here.

Hear from current CEM students and what the courses and program mean to them here.

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