mpi2 logoMeeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced new Certificate Course, Special WEC Experience and additional PYM LIVE Event.

This month, the MPI Academy is launching the new Meeting Fundamentals certificate program with its first class scheduled on April 25th at the association’s Dallas headquarters. The course teaches participants how to create meeting blueprints, develop meeting budgets, prepare requests for proposals (RFPs), conduct site inspections, and more. It was created with the support of developmental sponsor InterContinental Hotels Group and is pre-approved for CMP certification credit, granting six clock hours upon completion.

In addition, MPI has developed a corresponding training program to be held during its 2016 World Education Congress (WEC) called the Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals. Scheduled for June 13 – 14, this special educational experience will include the new Meeting Fundamentals certificate course, a private networking reception, and admission to the WEC 2017 Preview Lunch and WEC 2016 Closing Night Celebration. Participants will also have time to visit WEC’s MarketSquare for more networking and to research products and services from a wide variety of suppliers.

The Plan Your Meetings (PYM) branch of MPI has also added another PYM LIVE regional event to its 2016 schedule with a program slated for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in October. Powered by the MPI Academy, these events provide experiential education about new event technology and meeting design trends as well as speed-networking opportunities to meet potential vendors and destination representatives. Following is the PYM LIVE schedule for the remainder of this year.

  • April 21, Ivy Room, Chicago, IL
  • May 26, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, TX
  • June 21, (Location TBD), Charlotte, NC
  • June 22, Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, NC
  • July 21, Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

Admission to MPI’s PYM LIVE events is complimentary for meeting and event planners. Check out to review event agendas and register.

For detailed information on the Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals program, including course dates and pricing, and other MPI Academy education offerings, see

WEC 2016 is scheduled for June 11 – 14, at the Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. To learn more and register for WEC 2016, visit