Government Meeting Specialist

This program is designed to be managed by chapters and to be a member benefit to formalize the structure and benefit of the professional education provided by SGMP. Below is the template process for managing this program at your chapter.



  1. A member fills out the letter of commitment to show their desire to begin the program.

  2. Participation is confirmed via a letter to the member from the chapter with an attached tracking form that outlines the required participation and expectations. This document is recommended for the member to use to continue tracking his/her own progress*.

  3. Attendance at monthly education programs should be recorded on the tracking form based on the core competency offered*.

  4. When the applicant has reached their final course, they should notify the chapter of their progress and apply for the certificate (subject to chapter processing fee).

  5. Following confirmation of completion, the chapter recognizes completion of the GMS certificate program at either the next monthly program or at the annual awards ceremony.

  6. A letter of accomplishment should be sent by the chapter to the member’s supervisor.

  7. The chapter should create a public acknowledgement of members who earn GMS certificates including a page on the chapter website recognizing honors and awards.

  8. Certificates are valid for 5 years from the date earned. To renew the certificate, a minimum of 20 contact hours in SGMP chapter programs are required.

*SGMP recommends that chapters pursue and utilize a management program or an Excel document to meet the minimum standard of recording attendance at chapter events and maintain the records for the attending member.

Chapter Expectations

To maintain education attendance records for a period of no less than six years.

  1. To cross-train and transition duties for managing GMS and associated records.

  2. To maintain consistent and manageable policies for fees and processing affiliated with the GMS and programming.

  3. To communicate, market, and promote the GMS.

  4. To be responsive to members applications and processing.

Requirements and Qualifications

Government Meeting Specialist (GMS) is an in-depth certificate program offered by participating SGMP chapters. Over the course of three years of membership with SGMP, members will earn the certificate through attendance in core competency based training and gain the general skillset necessary to perform their duties as a government meeting professional.

In order to qualify for GMS, members must apply to enroll in the program with their respective chapter and maintain records of their attendance and the core competency the program covered. Over the course of three years, the member must meet the minimum criteria of program attendance and categorization in order to earn the certificate.

Any current SGMP member of a participating chapter can apply for this program, and must maintain their membership throughout the program in order to attend the programs and earn the certificate. The enrollment period is ongoing and can be completed in accordance with the participating chapter’s policies. Please check with your chapter for their GMS participation status.

Each GMS certificate is valid for a period of five years from the date the certificate is originally earned. In order to retain the value of the certificate, you will need to participate in a minimum of twenty contact hours within that period, or reapply to earn the certificate through the normal three year process.

If you have received your Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation, this program can be used to continue to build your knowledge and be used for recertification.

Core Competencies for Chapter Programming

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