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During its 2016 World Education Congress in Atlantic City, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced that MPI Academy will offer several new education options for meeting professionals, including seven online courses and two Experiential Event Series programs.

The new courses include online versions of MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) and Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC) programs as well as the Meetings & Events at Sea program presented in partnership with the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).

In addition, the academy has developed two web-based Experiential Event Series Case Study courses, which provide key findings from its CES® and South by Southwest (SXSW) experiential event programs in an on-demand format, and will offer the Venue Sales Certificate Program I and II online courses, which focus on three foundational areas of the sales process—pitch, positioning and proposals. All of these courses align with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS), and will be available online starting July 1, 2016.

MPI Academy is also preparing for two upcoming programs from the Experiential Event Series featuring pre-event access and education, just prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention and behind-the-scenes access and education during the Toronto International Film Festival.

A New Membership Model

MPI has also announced that it has restructured its membership model to offer three different levels for both planners and suppliers. In addition, the association will soon introduce a new e-subscription for select MPI digital resources. The new membership levels include essential, preferred and premier membership. For a limited time, MPI is offering new members the opportunity to receive a complimentary membership upgrade. For more information, please visit