Amy Van Duyne, Executive Assistant to the CEO for Rock The House in Cleveland, Ohio and 2011 graduate of the Tourism, Events, and Convention Management program has earned her Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation from The International Live Events Association (ILEA).
The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics.
“ILEA certifies dozens of event professionals with the CSEP every year,” said Judy Brillhart, CSEP, ILEA president. “Each event professional who receives their CSEP designation elevates industry standards and best practices.” Van Duyne is one of 15 CSEP 2017 recipients announced by ILEA at the end of April.
Both the CSEP and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programs seek to elevate industry standards and practices by recognizing professionals whose skills, knowledge, and performance contribute to the advancement of the events industry. It is reported that event professionals with degrees and reputable industry certifications are regularly promoted and recognized with an increase in salary and benefits.
“Industry certification is a great compliment to an academic degree. The CSEP and certifications demonstrate ongoing commitment to the event industry,” says Amanda Cecil, chair of the Department of Tourism, Events, and Convention Management. “I am proud of our graduates who take this next step!”