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Program Dates

The SMPC course is offered in conjunction with other industry events. Below find upcoming course dates and information.


This class is currently available only online.
$299 MPI Members
$399 Non-members

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Meeting Professionals International is recognized for providing premier education and professional development opportunities to its members and the meeting and event industry at large. Now MPI is proud to bring this commitment to the growing number of organizations within our industry who are making event sustainability a priority by offering the Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC).

Every organization is subject to the demand for sustainability in its operations. Organizations that care about their sustainability impact are taking measures to ensure their meeting and event planners implement sustainable practices to reduce the negative impacts and increase the positive impacts. The intensive 3 hour SMPC course provides those who plan, organize and host meetings and events, the education, tools and applicable instruction to immediately begin practicing sustainable meeting planning. The Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate will indicate that the holder is capable of planning an event compliant with ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM standards and is able to meet the criteria for GRI reporting.

The SMPC course is built around learning and using the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program®, SMPP®. This is the only sustainable meeting planning tool independently certified by iCompli Sustainability, BPA Worldwide, the premier sustainable meeting planning audit firm in the USA for ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM compliance.

SMPC holders adopting the SMPP® policies and procedures will be able to self-certify that they comply with both the ISO and APEX/ASTM planner standards. And this can be done through the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program (SMPP®) tool.

Avila Government Services, Inc.

MPI has partnered with Avila Government Services, Inc. (Avila) to bring you the Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate. Avila is the first company which is third party certified by iCompli BPA Worldwide to the ISO 20121 standards for sustainable meeting planning. The SMPP® system is also endorsed by the Convention Industry Council, which partnered with Avila to provide the SMPP® tool for planners to meet the APEX/ASTM level 1 planner.