What made you decide to get your CSEP?
When I was the president of the ILEA Edmonton Chapter, I realized I was the only Canadian president without a CSEP. On the monthly calls, my fellow presidents pushed me (quite firmly) to pursue it. I had previously thought I didn’t have enough experience to pass it, but the other presidents convinced me that I had more than enough!
What have you been able to achieve since obtaining your CSEP?
Successful contract negotiation using the CSEP Exam Blueprint! Before we even begin to talk about the budget, I slide the CSEP blueprint across the table to the client. In EVERY case, clients react with genuine surprise at the skill and knowledge required for professional event management. Together, we assign tasks to either me, the stakeholders, or the client. I design my contract/scope of work from this in-depth and helpful document.
What is the one most powerful part of having your CSEP?
I always knew I was a professional, but the CSEP designation was the finishing touch, the hallmark of an event professional. Having the confidence to say, “Yes, I know you have another quote for $X, but can they guarantee a strategic outlook (Domain 1), project, risk, event management and design (Domains 2-4), external communication (Domain 5) and professional conduct (Domain 6)? I can, and your event will be amazing.”
I would LOVE for this to become the industry standard, and with every new CSEP, we are one step closer.
What advice would you give to someone considering CSEP?
Do it! The resources available now are incredible. You know more than you think - take a prep class and go for it!