Learning Opportunities for MPI Members

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MPISCC, along with its parent organization, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), is strategically focused on education. The chapter provides a number of opportunities throughout the year for professional and business training and development in order to elevate careers and generate exceptional meeting experiences. 

Planners and supplier members alike benefit from increased knowledge and targeted training. The learning experiences offered through MPI and our SoCal Chapter address current industry trends and concerns and are future-focused in regard to helping you build expertise and career success. Beyond that, they are a means to connect with fellow industry pros through shared experiences.

At the global level, the MPI Academy provides leading-edge education on topics essential to meeting and event professionals as well as certificate programs that enhance critical job skills. This education is delivered online and in-person throughout the year and is open to all meeting and event professionals. Here is a line-up of learning opportunities available through MPI:

MPI Signature Events


PYM LIVE Events are the fastest way for meeting and event planners to research meeting venues, network and learn from their peers, play with new event technology and establish important business relationships. Admission is complimentary for meeting and event planners responsible for site selection because speed-meetings with potential venues and destinations make up a significant portion of the event program. Two interactive educational sessions—one bite-sized and one full-length for a total of 1.25n clock hours of CMP-IS accredited education—feature content developed by the MPI Academy to help you navigate the challenges of the new year. In addition to formal education, PYM LIVE Events deliver many informal educational opportunities baked into the fabric of its event design. Spend a half-day with us and you’ll walk away with a year’s worth of new ideas and business contacts.

MPI Experiential Event Series

The MPI Experiential Event Series takes you behind the scenes of the world’s most impressive entertainment, sports, culinary and mega-events and introduces you to the people who produce them, program the content, manage the thousands of volunteers, develop the security and crisis management protocols, set the marketing strategy and design the event experience. Get more information and register.

World Education Conference

The 2017 WEC on June 19-22 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas is a global educational experience.  The theme this year is Stop planning meetings. Start designing experiences. People attend meetings because they have to. People have experiences because they want to. At #WEC17 you’ll learn how to produce unique, memorable experiences that capture the imaginations of diverse, multi-generational audiences and rally them to connect, learn and interact. You’ll also stay current on the issues that matter, from security and crisis management to the latest engagement techniques that foster learning like never before.

Register for WEC 2017 here.

WEC 2017


MPI Academy Professional Certificate Courses


Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM)

Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC)

Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills

Emergency Preparedness for Meetings and Events

Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals

Part 1 (Strategy & Sourcing)

Part 2 (Design & Logistics)


Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate

Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate

Meetings and Events at Sea Certificate

Venue Sales Certificate

Meeting Essentials2 Certificate


Webinars are free, on-demand education from the MPI Academy. Access is a member benefit of Meeting Professionals International. To become a member, click here.