The Meeting & Business Events Competency Standards (MBECS) were jointly developed with the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council and funded primarily by the MPI Foundation.
Academic advisers and senior meeting professionals from around the world have also provided input.
MPI president Bruce MacMillan said: "By using the MBECS as a field guide to success, professionals in any role and at any stage of their career can now follow a reliable path to career advancement by developing key skills and mastering competencies that will get them to the next level."
He added that students and tutors can use the standards to influence curriculum and course selection while hiring managers could use them to develop more accurate job descriptions.
A planner looking at the year ahead for professional development or choosing conferences and conventions to attend can evaluate educational offerings.
The 87-page standards cover strategic planning and event design to stakeholder management and communication.
Each major category is broken down into individual skill sets, which indicates the number of years it takes to master, how often the skill is used and the sub-skills that would need to be developed.