Apply for Certified Event Manager (CEM) Accreditation


How is Accreditation Assessed?

For CEM Accreditation each applicant is individually assessed by a PCO Association Accreditation Assessor to ensure they meet the levels expected of a PCO Accredited Professional.

The CEM program has two entry points:-

  • Recognition of Prior Knowledge (RPK)
  • Standard Entry

Criteria for the Recognition of Prior Knowledge (RPK) entry point

The RPK entry point will apply only to those experienced event managers who satisfy the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have held a position as an Event Manager or Conference Manager for a minimum period of 5 years immediately prior to this application. Please attach evidence (e.g. letter from employer; company profile; career summary).
  • Testimonials for In-house PCOs may be provided by either their Director or Department Head and one testimonial may cover multiple years.
  • Testimonials for PCO Educators may be provided by their Department Head and may be by way of a declaration of 5 years experience as a Tertiary Lecturer or similar position.

A guideline for referees is available on the PCO website. Please ensure referees include contact details.

Tertiary qualifications are not essential for this entry point.

Referees have the option of forwarding written testimonials directly to the Association.

Applicants must be current members of The PCO Association Inc.

Application Fee: Certified Event Manager – RPK Entry AU$295.00 (inc GST). The application fee of AU$295 (inc GST) must be forwarded with the application.

Criteria for the Standard Entry point

Accreditation as a CEM can be achieved through accumulating the required number of points in total (minimum points required is 72) in the following 4 criteria:-

  1. Intelligence/Academic Ability (8-12 points base weighting)
  2. Industry Qualifications (15-30 points base weighting)
  3. Event Experience (24 points base weighting)
  4. Delivery Quality (24 points base weighting)

1. Intelligence/Academic Ability

Tertiary courses which are outside of the Event Management area of specialisation will be allotted points based on the following schedule:-

  • Certificate – 8 points
  • Diploma – 10 points
  • Degree – 12 points

2. Industry Qualifications

Tertiary Qualifications Breakdown

  • Certificate in Event Management – 15 points
  • Diploma in Event Management – 24 points
  • Advanced Diploma in Event Management – 28 points
  • Degree in Event Management – 30 points
  • Masters in Event Management – 30 points

Partial Tertiary Qualification Breakdown

If the applicant is in the process of completing a formal industry qualification, the applicant can claim 2 points per module completed. Please attach evidence of any completed modules.

3. Event Experience Compulsory

The applicant must have held a position as an Event Manager or Conference Manager for a minimum period of 3 years immediately prior to this application. Please attach evidence (e.g. letter from employer; company profile; position description)

Total points applicable to this section:  24

4. Quality of Delivery Compulsory

4.1     Written testimonials are required from 3 clients, providing evidence of the successful completion of events covering the 3 years immediately prior to this application.

4.2     Written testimonials are required from 3 venues/suppliers covering the 3 years immediately prior to this application.

Testimonials for In-house PCOs may be provided by either their Director or Department Head and one testimonial may cover multiple years.

Testimonials for PCO Educators may be provided by their Department Head and may be by way of a declaration of 3 years’ experience as a Tertiary Lecturer or similar position.

A Guideline for referees is available below. Please ensure referees include contact details.

Total points applicable to this section: 24

Total points claimed for this application: (Minimum points required = 72)

Copies of tertiary qualifications and/or copies of certificates of attainment for tertiary course modules and the appropriate application fee must be forwarded with this application. Referees have the option of forwarding written testimonials directly to the Association.

Applicants must be current members of The PCO Association Inc.

Application Fee: Certified Event Manager – Standard Entry AU$220.00 (inc GST). The application fee of AU$220 (inc GST) must be forwarded with the application.

CEM Accreditation (RPK and Standard Entry)

Once an application form has been completed, please send along with the required supporting documentation and application fee to the PCO Association.

The PCO Association Accreditation Assessor will review the applications and communicate with the necessary referees for verification of the information provided by the applicant.

If successful, the applicant’s details will be added to the CEM section of the website.

If unsuccessful, the applicant will be informed as to why their application was unsuccessful and will have an opportunity to provide additional information, (within a 30 day time limit), so their application assessment can be continued.

If declined, an unsuccessful applicant will have the right to appeal to the Dispute Resolution Team (DRT) (see notes on this DRT below)

Downloadable forms

  • To download the CEM RPK application form click here
  • To download the CEM Standard Entry application form click here
  • To download the CEM Renewal application form click here
  • To download the Client Referee Report form click here
  • To download the Supplier Referee Report form click here
Accreditation Fee Structure

CEM (RPK)

$295

CEM (Standard Entry)

$220

CEM Renewal (every 3 years)

$220

CEC

$525 (includes Auditor fees)

CEC renewal (every 3 years)

$525 (includes Auditor fees)

Payment Details

Option 1:
Payment online by Mastercard or Visa – please note a 2% processing fee will apply.

Option 2:
EFT to the account of:

Bank: National Australia Bank
Account name: PCO Association
BSB:  082-902
Account: 39-680-6827

Please send remittance advice to membership@pco.asn.au clearing stating the applicants name.

Maintenance of CEM Accreditation (Min of 120 points required)

CEM’s will need to apply every 3 years to maintain their accreditation.

The following are mandatory for each accreditation renewal:-

  1. The individual to provide written testimonials from 3 clients providing evidence of successful completion of events spanning that 3 year period.
  2. The individual to provide written testimonials from 3 venues/suppliers regarding quality of delivery and ethics.

Continuing accreditation points can be accumulated in the following ways:-

Attendance at workshops

Workshops will be provided at each annual conference as well as at other times throughout the year.

Attendees at workshops will be credited with 10 points for each workshop, with a maximum of 60 points.

Attendance at selected Conference Plenary & Concurrent Sessions

Attendance at selected plenary and concurrent sessions will be awarded 5 points each – sessions that accumulate points will be highlighted in each conference registration brochure – maximum of 60 points.

Provision of Training and or Speaker Presentation Sessions

Members who deliver training and/or professional development workshops by way of preparing and presenting the material at relevant events industry forums and conferences etc will be awarded 20 points for each session, with a maximum of 60 points.