By Lance Simon, EVP iCohere
Many people claim to be virtual event planning experts, but few actually have the credentials and experience to back it up.
In addition to experience, what training is the best training to learn how to produce virtual events?
The Certified Virtual Events Producer training far exceeds other certification programs by several measures. Here’s a look at what makes this program so valuable for practitioners and their employers.
1. A Focus on Practitioners, Not Vendors.
The CVEP program is practitioner-focused, which means candidates are connected to a network of like-minded professionals who are experienced at conducting virtual events. Earning your CVEP credential also includes membership to the iCohere Academy, the largest worldwide professional community dedicated to the evolution of virtual events. All CVEP credential holders also gain membership to a private CVEP group within the academy for exclusive peer-to-peer networking opportunities.
2. Affordable Training: One price includes everything
With the CVEP program, practitioners pay a one-time, affordable registration fee. There are no additional application fees, testing fees or recertification fees. Special rates are available for multi-student registrations, government and nonprofit organizations. The CVEP training program is updated several times per year and current CVEP practitioners have access to all updates, so they always have the latest information available.
3. Certificate, Digital Badge and Recognition Badges
The CVEP provides proof of experience with a certificate of completion for all candidates who successfully complete the program. CVEP professionals also receive a digital badge, which serves as a verifiable online record of accomplishment and showcases the efforts of CVEPs. As CVEP practitioners gain real-world experience, they can earn additional recognition badges by successfully planning, implementing, and providing evidence of each hybrid conference or virtual conference they execute.
4. Live Courses and Self-Paced Training
The CVEP program can be customized to fit individual learning needs and schedules. While the live training is conducted three to four times per year, not everyone can attend a live program. Practitioners can register for the live program and attend classes live, or watch archived recordings when needed. Alternatively, they can attend a completely self-paced, on-demand course. Finally, any CVEP professional can attend future live trainings as a refresher training, at no additional cost.
5. Focused on Continuing Education, not Recertification
Many programs require costly recertification for credential holders, but is the added cost a benefit to the practitioner or to the credentialing company? With the CVEP program, no recertification is required, and instead continuing education and training is ongoing.
From planning to launch, how we conduct virtual events is a rapidly changing process. Business practices learned a year ago, may not apply with tomorrow’s events. The CVEP program provides continuing education opportunities through the iCohere Academy, so that practitioners are always up to date with technology, best practices, and modern event production.
6. Resource Library and Customizable Tools and Templates
The CVEP program was designed so that candidates can immediately begin applying what they learn. Each module includes customizable tools and templates. That equates to about 40 resources and templates. Additionally, the iCohere Academy provides access to webinars, online courses, eBooks and guides, case studies, and peer-to-peer networking.
7. Instructor-led and Supported by Subject-Matter Experts
The CVEP course is instructor-led by one instructor. The training provides a personalized learning experience through live streaming, online discussion boards, question and answer sessions, and a peer connect at the conclusion of each module. For some modules in the CVEP training, subject-matter experts are invited as guest contributors, so practitioners gain the added benefit of learning from a topic authority.
Are you ready to take your virtual events and your career to the next level? Register for the Meetings Without Walls Certified Virtual Events Producer program. Online classes begin April 18. (Archived recordings are available to accommodate busy schedules.)
Lance Simon is EVP with iCohere. iCohere is an All-in-One platform for professional learning and collaboration, supporting virtual conferences, courses, and learning communities. Lance created the Meeting Without Walls™ course in 2013 and has been the course instructor for every semester, training and certifying over 410 Certified Virtual Events Producer (CVEP) graduate to date. The course also provides CAE and CMP credits.
Written with Jo Lynn Deal.