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Conquering the CGMP Test: Is it possible?
By Cheryl Wierenga, CGMP
I RECENTLY COMPLETED
the CGMP training class prior to the 2011 NEC in Norfolk. Obtaining the CGMP certiﬁcation has been on my professional to-do list for the past couple of years. I knew it would be beneﬁcial, but there was the question in the back of my head…could I pass the test? Prior to the class, Lisa Silverman, the instructor, sent out a survey to get a feel for the participants’ learning styles, what we were expecting and so on. One of the questions asked what we were most looking forward to about the CGMP Class. My sarcastic response was, “Passing the test!” I figured if I said it enough times it would happen, right? I didn’t know what to expect from the class, what I would be learning, who would be there; nothing of that was on my mind…only the test. I’ll fast forward to the end. I did pass! And I want to share with SGMP members that you can accomplish this, too! In order to maintain the integrity of the program and class material, I will refrain from divulging too much content detail, but I do want to share a few “aha moments” from my experience. As a supplier, it appears the government has its own language – acronyms, words and phrases. The course defines these acronyms and places a meaning with the terms, so I now have a better understanding of what my clients are sharing with me. Another important learning lesson for me was that funding comes from a variety of methods. I now understand the difference between appropriated funds, non-appropriated funds and reception and representation funds to pay for food, beverage, rooms, etc.
The benefit to me is that my proposals will be priced appropriately because I understand what is available for funds and when I can potentially gain some additional revenue by upselling. Rooms, per diem, contracts and negotiating are the topics I most benefited from, but additional topics such as marketing and promotion, registration, sponsorships and VIPs were applicable to planners and good overall knowledge for suppliers. The class is taught at a pace appropriate for those in that particular session, with a mixture of activities, discussions and lecturettes. There is no set schedule and the groups are mixed with both planners and suppliers. We were talking, moving and learning all at the same time. The different activities that Lisa had us perform as table groups engaged each participant and allowed us to draw from others’ experiences and knowledge. To all of you who are interested in the CGMP, but have the same question that I did about passing the test, the answer is: yes you can! By paying attention, participating in the discussions and group activities and incorporating some studying into your evening free time, you can do it. Don’t be intimidated by the test; focus on the knowledge you are gaining and that you are growing in your career as a government meeting professional. I encourage you to register for the next class. You can do it! Good luck! G
Cheryl Wierenga is a supplier member of the Greater Oregon chapter.
GILMER INSTITUTE OF LEARNING
The Gilmer Institute of Learning enhances the purpose and goals of the Society by providing support to SGMP’s members and chapters through educational opportunities, certifications, training, resources, scholarships and endowment funding.
Lila Duncan, CMP
Kristi Griffith, CGMP, CHSP
Debbie Kopkau, MBA, CMP, CMS
Edward Scannell, CMP, CSP
Lynette Schick, CMP
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2011
Travel Tips & Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Can You Think in Reverse?
Food and Beverage
U.S. Flag Protocol
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Fall 2011