The membership categories within Meeting Professionals International (MPI) are reflective of the growth and development of the industry. They allow MPI to offer more personalized services, education and products to its members. The new 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 Faculty Member.
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 Group - Student membership shall be available to those individuals enrolled in a post-secondary academic program. The student must be enrolled in either a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program unless the academic institution defines it otherwise. Students enrolled in a certificate program will be eligible for student membership for one year but will not be eligible for the transition dues rate upon completion of their program. Proof of enrollment must be received at MPI before a student can be accepted into membership and upon renewal in order to retain their student membership.
Faculty Group - Faculty membership shall be available to those individuals employed as faculty in post-secondary academic programs related to the meetings, hospitality, events, or tourism industries. The applicant's main employment, remuneration, direction, and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution and they must be considered an employee with their institution. Guest lecturers are not eligible for faculty membership. Faculty members will be required to provide proof of academic employment on an annual basis in order to retain their faculty membership.
Retired Group - Retired membership shall be available to those individuals no longer employed in the meeting industry and who meet the following criteria: 1) The candidate must have been an MPI member in good standing for five years or more prior to their retirement status. 2) The request for consideration must be submitted in writing with accompanying documentation to confirm their retired status.
Life & Honorary Membership - Upon request, consideration shall be given by the MPI Board of Directors for life and honorary memberships to qualified candidates. Honorary members will include, but not be limited to, charter members published as a part of the 1972 MPI Membership Directory. These charter members receive complimentary membership annually, including full membership benefits. The MPI Board of Directors may also bestow a one-time, honorary membership upon other persons, as they deem acceptable with no benefits of membership. To be a Life Member of MPI, a qualified candidate must be fully retired and an MPI member in good standing for at least twenty (20) consecutive years, during which a commitment was demonstrated to the meeting industry. Life members will be recorded as such and receive a complimentary membership annually with full membership benefits. They will also receive appropriate public recognition by MPI and a certificate of membership status immediately upon being named a Life Member.