Meeting Professionals International (MPI) membership categories effective September 15, 2006, are reflective of the growth and development of the industry and allow MPI to offer more personalized services, education and products to its members. The categories of membership are as follows:
Corporate Meeting Professional – a person who is primarily employed by a corporation to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that corporation’s meetings.
Association/Non-Profit Meeting Professional – a person who is primarily employed by an association or not-for-profit organization to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that organization’s meetings. This category also includes private universities.
Government Meeting Professional – a person who is employed by a government agency or public university to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that government’s meetings. Individuals serving as faculty in a university should join as an Academic Professional.
Supplier Meeting Professional – a person who provides and/or sells products and services to the meetings industry, such as a destination management, hotelier, audio-visual, florist, transportation, production or convention and visitors bureau company. This classification of membership is not limited to the groups listed.
Meeting Management Professional – a person who is a sole proprietor of, or is employed or engaged by, a meeting management company. They provide meeting services including strategic and financial management and/or professional meetings management services to multiple clients. The applicant must specify whether their job responsibilities are primarily planning or supplying based on where they spend 51% or more of their time.
Student Members – Student membership shall be available to those individuals enrolled in a post-secondary academic program with emphasis in the meeting, hospitality, events, and tourism-related industries leading to qualification as a regular member. The student must be enrolled in either a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program unless the academic institution defines it otherwise.
Faculty Members – A faculty member is available to those employed as faculty in post-secondary academic programs related to the meetings, hospitality, events or tourism industries. The individual’s main employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution and they must be considered an employee of their institution.
MPI will continue to have the Student, Faculty, Retired, Life and Honorary Member categories. We remain committed to maintaining our philosophy of a 50/50 balance between our planner and supplier members.