The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has launched ICCA Skills, the first accredited and globally-recognised certification programme for suppliers across every sector of the meetings industry.
Announced at IMEX Frankfurt, ICCA revealed that the educational programme offers 51 high-quality chapters, divided across two certification tracks.
The Certified International Convention Specialist (CICS) track provides foundational knowledge and practical skills for professionals who are new to the industry or want to improve their understanding of global business events standards. Learners are not required to have any previous industry experience and the certification can be earned in seven weeks.
Meanwhile, the Certified International Convention Executive (CICE) track is for professionals with at least three years of management experience. This eight-week programme offers advanced courses with a focus on collaborative learning.
Both courses will address today’s critical issues such as sustainable destination growth, stakeholder collaboration, community engagement, industry advocacy, and best practices in proposal bidding. All ICCASkills instructors are industry experts with proven teaching abilities and extensive international business events experience.
ICCASkills was developed in partnership with industry consulting firm Gaining Edge. Meetings industry associations such as the International Association of Convention Centres, Destinations International, the AMC Institute, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, and the American Society of Association Executives also contributed to the curricula. The ICCASkills website is powered by EventsAir.
Enrollment is now open for both certifications. The first CICS class will commence in July 2022 and the CICE programme will begin in August.