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Required Reading

The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning by Shannon Kilkenny. (ISBN-10: 0910627924) is the first book required for the CEME designation.

Gathering people together for a special event is always a challenge even for the experienced planner for each event is unique. This book is designed to empower any planner to meet all challenges that surround a production. If you have chosen event planning as a career, you want your events to be incredibly successful and remembered for years to come. A memorable event is one that flows smoothly with every detail carefully orchestrated and produced meticulously with the participant in mind. Successful events do not just happen; they are the result of hard work, creativity, awareness, and careful attention to detail. 

Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives & Other Special Events by Judy Allen. (ISBN-10: 0470155744) is the second book required for the is course.

This bestselling all-in-one guide to the event planning business is back and better than ever, fully updated and revised to reflect the very latest trends and best practices in the industry. This handy, comprehensive guide includes forms, checklists, and tips for managing events, as well as examples and case studies of both successful and unsuccessful events.


Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events by Amy Spatrisano and Nancy Wilson. (ISBN-10: 0615169902) is the last book required for this designation.

It’s clear in the world of event management that the greening of conventions, trade shows, events and other meetings is more than just a good idea- it’s smart business, and it’s revolutionizing the nature of event planning. Authors Amy Spatrisano, CMP, and Nancy J. Wilson, CMP, have created the renowned MeetGreen SM system for addressing the green possibilities of every aspect of event planning, and have used it to improve the environmental impact of events around the globe. In this book they take you through a comprehensive, systematic approach to greening your event. From venues, lodging, transportation and food and beverage to communications, and marketing, they lay out, step by step, the ways you can put environmental responsibility at the forefront of your planning- and create enthusiasm among vendors, attendees and everyone involved. 

All of these books are available at Amazon.com, Chapters, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore. These are also available at most public libraries.

For more information on the CEME, please feel free to download the study guide and syllabus with the links below:

 CEME Study Guide PDF Download
– CEME Syllabus PDF Download

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