CEM Learning Program

We are excited that you have chosen or are thinking about obtaining your Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) designation! The CEM Learning Program is a nine-part adult learning and certification program designed to provide industry professionals an in-depth understanding of the overall operations of the industry.

To begin the CEM Learning Program, new candidates must have three years of full-time experience in the exhibitions and/or events industry and fill out an online application. If you have not yet completed your application, please click here. Your default logon is your email address and your password is your first name+last name (all lower case, no spaces). The application is under the Certification section. An application fee is also required at the time the application is submitted ($100 Members/$125 Non-Members). You will receive the latest edition of the Art of the Show textbook when you receive your approval letter.

The CEM Learning Program courses available for registration are listed below.

If you have any questions please contact cem@iaee.com

CEM Application

On-Line Courses for Certification

  • This course is divided into four sections and facilitated through KnowledgeHub, formerly Elevate. Consumer (public) shows are exhibitions and events in which companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, services and activities to public consumers. Consumer show organizers must possess a working knowledge of the activities and functions related to consumer shows and master the skills to address this different set of logistics than those related solely to the management of a private trade show or event. This program provides attendees with the skills necessary to effectively produce a successful consumer show.

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    This course is divided into four sections and facilitated through KnowledgeHub, formerly Elevate. Marketing is not an exact science. It includes a number of strategies and tactics that are constantly evolving so they can address changing social, cultural and economic circumstances effectively. The creation of a marketing plan that includes core practices as well as new ideas, innovations and unique points of view allows for the creation of an exhibition that may have begun as just a concept. The goal of an exhibition is to provide an appropriate environment in which buyers and sellers can come together face-to-face. Today’s technology increasingly permits the show organizer to extend the useful life of an exhibition by employing digital tools, thus further enriching the show experience.

  • This course is divided into four sections and facilitated through KnowledgeHub, powered by Elevate. All work must be completed by 4 October 2022. Producing successful exhibitions often hinges upon the proper management of logistics. Every event contains thousands of details that must be processed logically, sequentially and precisely. While managing logistics well is essential, exhibitions are intended primarily to bring buyers and sellers together in an environment that is conducive to their respective objectives. All of the stakeholders of an exhibition must communicate effectively before, during and after the event to ensure its success. Event operations focuses on the unique role of the exhibition organizer and his/her team in orchestrating all of the elements.

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    This course has four sections and facilitated entirely through KnowledgeHub, powered by Elevate. You have until 4 October to complete the course requirements. Protecting the financial integrity of exhibitions is critical, and an essential element of that goal is proper risk assessment and planning. Risk management is a continuing process that identifies, analyzes, evaluates and addresses loss exposures and monitors risk control and financial resources for the purpose of mitigating the undesirable effects of loss. This involves evaluating the security needs for an event and if a crisis should occur, having a crisis management team in place to manage it.

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    This course is four weeks in length and facilitated through KnowledgeHub, powered by Elevate. It is self-paced and you have until 1 November to complete the requirements of the course. Understanding the application of accounting, finance and budgeting fundamentals allows the exhibition organizer to make a greater contribution to the growth and financial success of the organization. It is essential the exhibition organizer know the terminology used in financial management to develop a budget and manage the financial strategies of the exhibition. A well-developed and well-administered budget is crucial to enabling the exhibition organizer to accurately project and monitor income and expenses, track cash flow and cost controls and ultimately measure the success of the event and the organization’s return on investment.

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    This course is four weeks in length and facilitated through KnowledgeHub, powered by Elevate. It is self-paced and you have until 1 November to complete the requirements of the course. A well-designed floor plan or layout is critical to the success of an exhibition or event. The floor plan is a schematic drawing of the exhibit hall or event venue that includes the booths/stands available for rent to the exhibitors, facility physical features, official areas (such as registration) and other feature areas that become the exhibition marketplace. In a rapidly changing business environment, a floor plan must meet the logistical needs of exhibitors and sponsors and the shopping habits of attendees with sufficient flexibility to adjust for growth or consolidation.

On-Location or Virtual Courses for Certification

  • This class will be conducted VIRTUALLY through Zoom on 6/9/22 from 8:30am - 2:30pm CST. There will be an optional 30-minute study period followed by an hour for the exam. You must have a webcam to take this course.

  • This class will be conducted VIRTUALLY through Zoom on 6/23/22 from 8:30am - 2:30pm CST. There will be an optional 30-minute study period followed by an hour for the exam. You must have a webcam to take this course.

  • This class will be conducted VIRTUALLY through Zoom on 7/19/22 from 8:30am - 2:30pm CST. There will be an optional 30-minute study period followed by an hour for the exam. You must have a webcam to take this course.

  • This course is part of CEM Week in Orlando, FL. All documents in the REQUIRED READING section are required to be read before class. Our brain selects or inhibits information based on our motivations and needs. Our social concerns are the primary drivers for how we behave. As event and exhibitions professionals we must create event experiences that driver deeper meaning, inspire innovation, accelerate connections and maximize our attendees’ brainpower to supercharge results. It is not about creating high energy events and exhibitions; it is about creating experiences that are meaningful and engage the social brain. This course will help you discover the primary colors of intrinsic motivation, explore how to optimize the physical space of our events and exhibitions to produce experiences that influence what attendees think, and how they think so you can drive the results you want from your show.

  • This course is part of CEM Week in Orlando, FL. Digital events have become increasingly popular, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021. These types of events were initially designed as an alternative method of bringing event attendees together that made sense both economically and environmentally and as part of a company’s overall digital transformation strategy. Since the pandemic, such experiences have been developed as necessary to fill meetings, and many feel digital events will most likely remain in demand even post-pandemic. More and more companies are building out hybrid event strategies that will play up the advantages of producing face-to-face events while extending their reach by including a digital component. Only time will tell us for sure.

  • This course is part of CEM Week in Orlando, FL A well-designed floor plan or layout is critical to the success of an exhibition or event. The floor plan is a schematic drawing of the exhibit hall or event venue that includes the booths/stands available for rent to the exhibitors, facility physical features, official areas (such as registration) and other feature areas that become the exhibition marketplace. In a rapidly changing business environment, a floor plan must meet the logistical needs of exhibitors and sponsors and the shopping habits of attendees with sufficient flexibility to adjust for growth or consolidation.

  • This course is part of CEM Week in Orlando, FL. Marketing is not an exact science. It includes a number of strategies and tactics that are constantly evolving so they can address changing social, cultural and economic circumstances effectively. The creation of a marketing plan that includes core practices as well as new ideas, innovations and unique points of view allows for the creation of an exhibition that may have begun as just a concept. The goal of an exhibition is to provide an appropriate environment in which buyers and sellers can come together face-to-face. Today’s technology increasingly permits the show organizer to extend the useful life of an exhibition by employing digital tools, thus further enriching the show experience.

  • This course is part of CEM Week in Orlando, FL. Producing successful exhibitions often hinges upon the proper management of logistics. Every event contains thousands of details that must be processed logically, sequentially and precisely. While managing logistics well is essential, exhibitions are intended primarily to bring buyers and sellers together in an environment that is conducive to their respective objectives. All of the stakeholders of an exhibition must communicate effectively before, during and after the event to ensure its success. Event operations focuses on the unique role of the exhibition organizer and his/her team in orchestrating all of the elements.

  • This course will increase the student’s knowledge of infectious disease basics, including how they spread and how people become sick. This course increases awareness on the chain of infection and what that is. More importantly it elaborates on breaking the chain through proper cleaning and disinfection practices along with other mitigation strategies. This course also explores the importance of infectious disease or communicable disease prevention programs in the workplace and how they will not only help with the mitigation or prevention of infectious diseases like COVID-19 in the workplace but also may help with regulatory compliance. Other topics in this course include risk assessment, the hierarchy of control, and personal protective equipment or PPE.