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This designation sets professionals apart from the competition and indicates expertise in the preparation and execution of successful special events.   It recognizes those who successfully demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability in all components of special events.  ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards.  

CONGRATULATIONS to our ILEA Columbus members that have earned their CSEP designation:

  • Bill Ferguson, CSEP, CERP, CTA
  • Annette McClure, CSEP, CTSM
  • Tracy Moran, CSEP, CTA
  • Julie Weeks, CSEP, CTA


ILEA Midwest hosts study groups with CSEPs from around the region.  For information on study groups, contact your ILEA Columbus board at info@ileacolumbus.org.

For information on the exam, including how to register, click HERE.


  • Competitive Marketing Advantage: The CSEP designation is the only certification within the meetings/incentives/conventions/expositions industry that signifies broad knowledge across all facets of the special events industry. It conveys credibility and a competitive edge when marketing or soliciting business.
  • Professional Development: CSEP designees gain advanced, market-relevant events industry expertise indicating to stakeholders a career-long commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Networking Opportunities: Internationally recognized CSEPs are connected to an elite global community of other highly motivated career professionals who are dedicated to promoting industry standards and professionalism.
  • Recognition: CSEPs utilize the designation as an authoritative indicator after their name. This demonstrates commitment, experience, knowledge, expertise and professionalism.
  • Performance: Preparation for, and maintenance of, the CSEP designation increases special events industry knowledge, removing performance uncertainty for clients while opening market opportunities those who carry the certification.