The Cleveland Chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) is proud to announce the formation of a discussion and preparation group for members who wish to take the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) exam to earn their certification in the special events industry.
Beginning on February 14, the chapter will be holding weekly discussion groups, to help candidates prepare for an upcoming exam. Groups will meet for one hour each session, for a total of ten weeks. The group will discuss and review all ten core curricula that are tested in the CSEP exam. Sessions will be timed in order to create an atmosphere similar to the exam setting. Professionals in each core curriculum area will be invited to join the discussion group to provide their knowledge in each event phase.
The Cleveland chapter anticipates that future discussion groups will be held in preparation for future exam windows. The discussion group is open to ILEA Cleveland members only, as a no-charge member benefit. Discussion groups are first-come, first-served and can accommodate up to 10 participants.
The Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability essential to perform all components of a special event. ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards.
This program was developed to:
Increase the proficiency of event professionals
Elevate industry standards and practices
Establish the level of knowledge and performance necessary for certification
Promote the advancement of the special events industry
Advance the careers of practitioners
Acknowledge the high caliber work of CSEPs and the value of the products and services they provide
The CSEP exam is offered four times annually, with the exam window lasting 15 days. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of full-time events industry employment in order to qualify as a candidate for the exam. The exam is comprehensive, and covers all phases of event planning and management, including development, pre-production, production, and post-production.
Amy Van Duyne, CSEP and Cleveland Chapter President-Elect, is spearheading the effort for the Cleveland Chapter, and is a strong advocate for the certification, saying that “sitting for the CSEP was the most exhilarating experience. I sat for the exam for personal affirmation that my knowledge in the events industry was on par with other professionals in the career field; however, I’ve also found it valuable as clients are looking for event partners who are well rounded and can bring experience to the table.”
More information about the CSEP exam is available at http://www.ileahub.com/CSEP and for event professionals who wish to learn more about participating in an upcoming ILEA Cleveland CSEP Discussion Group, please fill out the inquiry form at http://ileacleveland.com/csep-