To qualify for the DES credentials, a candidate must demonstrate the following:
- Applicant must be currently or recently (within 12 months) working in events, meetings, marketing, conventions or learning industries.
- Applicant must have three year's experience in events, meetings, marketing, conventions, or learning industries or be a member of a professional association in one of the above fields – such as PCMA, MPI, IAEE, ASAE, AMA, CEMA, etc.
- Applicant must have experience in various virtual and digital environments. Experience may include attending, producing or exhibiting in online events or meetings.
- Applicant must have completed (or will complete) 2.5 or 25 clock hours worth of digital-related continuing education in 10 key “areas of focus” within 12 months of application. Programming may include online and/or onsite education programs through the Digital Experience Institute or other as approved by DEI.
Note: While event planning and management certification demonstrates an individual’s high standard of professional achievement within the meeting, event, convention and exhibition industries, DEI recognizes the unique attributes required of digital event strategists. As such, there are no exceptions to the DES program prerequisites. Digital-related CEUs earned in the process of achieving the meeting or event-planning certification may qualify for use toward the DES prerequisites, if they’re approved by DEI and within the stated time frame.