Now That You're A CDME

Congratulations on earning your Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) credential! This means that you have successfully met the criteria established by the CDME Board to demonstrate experience, leadership and professional development in the travel and tourism industry. 

As a CDME, you have a mark that signifies accomplishment, commitment, achievement, initiative and drive. It is the mark of excellence for our industry. Now leverage your certification and take advantage of the competitive edge that the CDME credential provides. 

1. Add CDME after your name

 We ask that you become a spokesman for the CDME by using the designation on: 

  • Business cards  

  • Email signature 

  • Resume

  • Website

  • Company directories and staff listings 

  • Publications 

  • Other official correspondence  

2. Announce your achievement to your community

The CDME designation is the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement. Work with your communications team to share this accomplishment with your community and stakeholders.

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3. Attend Annual Convention

You will be sent an official plaque that recognizes your successful completion of the CDME program. You will also be recognized for your achievement at Destinations International's Annual Convention in July. Visit for more information.

4. Refer a CDME candidate

There is no better way to show commitment to  the profession than by encouraging your colleagues to earn the CDME credential. When you refer eligible colleagues to become certified, you not only support them in their careers, but you elevate the industry as well.  

Visit for updated details and to apply to the CDME program. 

5. Recertify every four years

You have spent a lot of time, money and mental energy in earning your CDME credential. You have proven your commitment to yourself and your career. You have validated your knowledge and gained a significant competitive advantage.  Now, you need to ensure that you’re keeping current in your field and that you maintain an active certification status. 

CDME certification is valid for four years. A CDME must earn and report a total of 40 continuing education credits, by attending travel and tourism industry-related events and activities, such as classes, webinars, conferences and other professional development opportunities.  

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6. Keep in touch!

Please keep Destinations International informed of any changes in your contact information so we can send you recertification updates and other important communications. 

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For assistance or more information, please contact:

Rori Ferensic

Senior Vice President of Professional Development
Destinations International