Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate


About the Course

This Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate course is designed for those who make sustainability a priority and wish to improve sustainability efforts in planning their meetings and events. It is a perfect fit for organizations involved in hosting, organizing or planning a meeting or event for themselves or others. Sustainable planning is applicable to any organizational meeting from board meetings and training sessions to annual conferences and global conventions.

A key benefit of participating in the SMPC course is learning about the comprehensive nature of the SMPP® system. Knowledge of the SMPP system will help you plan sustainable events immediately. It provides education, training and implementation steps to begin planning.

Participants of this course receive:

  • CMP Clock Hours: 4 - Strategic Domain: Strategic Planning


Note: Instructor-Led In-Person or Online Self-Paced

What You'll Learn

  • How to adopt a comprehensive system of sustainable planning policies and procedures
  • How to plan an event that meets ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM sustainability standards
  • How to plan an event with the required criteria for GRI EOSS reporting
  • Demonstrate they are implementing sustainable policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate transparency by listing in the SMPP® Directory
  • Self-certify to the ISO 20121 standards
  • Self-certify to the APEX/ASTM standards
  • Meet the criteria for SMPP® 3rd party Certification by iCompli
  • Meet the criteria for ISO 20121 3rd party Certification by iCompl.

Online Course Overview

The SMPC course presents the following educational material from the SMPP® on-line system. The course prepares students to implement the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program® upon completion.

  • Sustainability Policy for Meeting Planning
  • Sustainable Meeting Planning Standards: ISO, APEX/ASTM & GRI
  • Sustainability Impacts of Meetings and Events
  • Sustainable Meeting Planning Guidelines, Goals and Objectives
  • Compliance, Measurement and Reporting
  • Sustainability checklists and scoring forms
  • Organizational Implementation of Sustainable Meeting Planning Program
  • Sustainability Purchasing, RFP/Contract Clauses and Data Collection
  • Event-Specific Sustainability Requirements and Procedures


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.

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