Follow-up Presentation at UIA Roundtable “Where to find help and how much does it cost?”


On 13 November 13 2015 MPI Belgium was present at the Union of International Associations (UIA) Round Table Europe. During the panel “Where to find help”, she talked about how the meetings industry community can help associations.

This slidedeck brings you a better understanding of the resources MPI has to offer (free and paying) and provides you with links to other helpful websites to have bookmarked.

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Member News


It’s with pleasure that we announce our new members or renewals from this summer!

Thank you for renewing your membership in the association and for all the years of membership:

And a big, warm welcome to our new members:


This year, we continue to take a leadership role in organizing professional seminars with exclusive content and having networking moments to mingle with peers. We are looking forward to meeting you personally at these upcoming events

Interested in becoming an MPI Belgium member? Contact geraldine(at)

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New from MPI HQ: Academy, Certificate Programs & Experiential Event Series


Meeting Professionals International Headquarters has formally introduced the new MPI Academy, an entity meant to encompass and connect all of the education and learning experiences MPI delivers within the meeting and event industry. In addition, the association has unveiled enhancements to its professional development offerings, including a variety of new certificate programs and experiential events. This announcement was shared during the opening general session of MPI’s 2015 World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco.


MPI Academy Coming Soon

The MPI Academy aligns with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS) and is designed to provide multi-faceted learning opportunities for meeting professionals at all levels. Its portfolio is comprised of training courses, certificate programs, streaming sessions from MPI events, webinars and tools such as the new MPI Professional Development Roadmap, which helps individuals map out their career, pursue continuing education, and supplement their professional development.

“Our objective with the new MPI Academy is to centralize all of our educational programs and bring focus to the diverse career tracks available,” Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI, said in a statement. “As we refine the way we deliver both our proprietary and partner offerings, we believe the academy will soon become the most reputable and valued source for growing one’s knowledge base and advancing one’s career.”

New and Expanded Programming

Earlier this year, MPI began launching new education programs and has more planned in the coming months – most of which are eligible for clock hours and are designed for both planners and suppliers. Recently launched programs include the following and the latter two were offered as pre-conference sessions prior to WEC 2015.

Meeting Essentials – Designed for novice and mid-level professionals, this program will help participants enhance their skills and competencies. The courses cover fundamental knowledge needed to execute and deliver high-quality, relevant meetings, and are recommended in preparation for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam.

Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC) – This intensive certificate course provides education, tools and applicable instruction to immediately begin practicing sustainable meeting planning. It is built around learning and using the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program® (SMPP®), which is the only sustainable meeting planning tool independently certified by iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide, the premier sustainable meeting planning audit firm in the U.S. for ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM compliance. MPI delivers the program in partnership with Avila Government Services, Inc.

Meetings and Events at Sea Certificate – Presented in partnership with the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), the certificate course explores the advantages of hosting events on cruise ships compared to traditional venues. This interactive session highlights which types of meetings or events should be conducted onboard as well as provides valuable cost comparisons.

New programs slated for release later this year include the following:

Experiential Event Series – MPI is partnering with high-profile events in key areas such as sports, entertainment, culinary and mega-events to provide unique, intimate education experiences, including behind the scenes tours and discussions. These programs will include certificates in areas like event production and sports event management. The first two events include the production of the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September and the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in Orlando in November.

Sustainable Practitioner Certificate (SPC) – The SPC Program is an interactive training session designed for individuals wishing to focus on sustainability within the meeting and event industry and covers the basics of sustainability, how to create a sustainability policy, measurement, reporting and more. MPI is partnering with Positive Impact, a UK-based not-for-profit corporation, to deliver the courses. Class dates will be published online soon.

Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) Refresher – Launching in October, this webinar has been developed to keep MPI’s HMCC recipients abreast of constantly changing healthcare meeting compliance regulations, cross-border compliance, and other healthcare trends. It is endorsed by Saint Louis University and is required every two years to maintain the HMCC and related seal of endorsement.

CMP-Healthcare Certification (CMP-HC) Boot Camp – This MPI training is intended for meeting professionals working within the life sciences sector and will commence in Fall 2015. It serves as a comprehensive, study preparation course for the CMP Healthcare Certification exam and will utilize an instructional design program that includes an implementation guide, instructor notes, participant workbook and an app.

For more information about the MPI Academy and its suite of educational offerings including the new MPI Professional Development Roadmap, visit



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Associations Congress in Lausanne – MPI Belgium Discount


MPI Belgium is happy to announce that members receive a 20% discount by using the code “mpibe” when registering for the International & European Associations Congress in Lausanne, 5-7 May 2015.

Association employee meeting planners can take advantage of the discount of 20% to attend the International & European Associations Congress in Lausanne, 5-7 May, where over 200 association executives from Europe are gathering.

The International & European Associations Congress 2015 is designed specifically for Association Executives who work in International and European membership organisations. There are two dedicated days with 4 streams focusing on issues identified by association employees as most relevant and challenging to them at this time, and a meeting for Association CEOs and Executive Directors the day before.

With a renewed focus on solving issues, this Congress concentrates on delivering detailed insights into methods being adopted to improve and future-proof associations, their membership, events, and other services, on behalf of their members Internationally.

  • A unique opportunity to hear from and spend time with other Association Executives, tapping into a rich resource of relevant expertise
  • Hear from over 30 International association executives all of whom are speaking on methods they have adopted to overcome specific challenges
  • Craft your own programme from a selection of 4 streams developed alongside Associations focusing on the issues you are facing right now, from social media to event strategies
  • Hear expert insights into the role and situation with PCO’s in 2015
  • Themed networking events: grow your community of association contacts for future expertise sharing
  • Attend the 1st ever International Association Awards developed by and for Associations to recognise and reward talent
  • Join a group of Chief Executives to discuss, confidentially, how you can develop and grow your association with a precise approach to development.

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