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DMCP Exams are held 4 times annually and are computer-based.   Exams can be taken at:

  1. a global testing center near the candidate's location using the testing center's computer, or
  2. on the candidate's laptop computer - virtually proctored - from their home or office location (this option is less reliable and not recommended)

ADMEI conducts an optional Study Session prior to each each exam.

Exam Fees
$550 Computer-Based Exam Member
$650 Computer-Based Exam Non-Member
$200 Retesting Fee


Study Session Fees (optional)

An in-person Study Session is held just prior to the Winter exam held at a computer testing center in conjunction with the annual conference location.  A webinar study session is held prior to the Spring, Summer, and Fall computer-based exams.

Visit the Exam Schedule to review Study Session dates, exam dates, and associated deadlines.

In addition to the DMCP Application fee ($200 - Member / $300 - Non-member) exam and study session fees apply.

The Exam

Candidates will have 3 hours to complete the 150-question, multiple-choice exam.  An extra hour is given if English is not the first language (ESL).

Best Practices in Destination Management

All 150 questions are based solely on the book Best Practices in Destination Management and accompanying supplement.  The book can be purchased as a hardback, eBook, or both at a reduced price.  The exam follows the DMC Competencies - the core skills, expertise, and knowledge a DMC professional should possess.

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Exam Results

Exam results will be flashed across the screen upon completion of the exam.  However, the official notification will be provided by ADMEI a week or so after the exam period closes.

Successful Candidates will be notified and can immediately begin using the DMCP suffix after their name.  It can be included on business cards, email signatures, company websites, LinkedIn, and other social media, etc.  The DMCP suffix and logo will appear by the individual's name in the Find a DMC listing on the ADMEI website.   Certification is good for 5 years at which Recertification can be sought.  DMCPs will be notified about 6 months before the Recertification Application is due.   Visit the Recertification page for more information.

Unsuccessful Candidates will be notified of their score and the percentage of the areas in which they fell short.  All candidates have a two-year window after application approval to take and/or re-take the exam.

Hosted Exams

The Certification and Accreditation Board invites consortia, DMCs, and other entities to apply to host the administration of a DMCP exam locally or in conjunction with another event that employees or constituents may be attending.  Visit Hosted Exams for more information.

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