Cvent, the meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, has announced that it has trained and certified more than 20,000 global marketers, event planners, and hospitality professionals through its free training and certification programme.

The company is temporarily offering all of its Cvent Certifications and training programmes to anyone in the industry free of charge. Certifications typically have been offered only to Cvent customers, and it can cost up to £1,400 for an individual to get certified and trained across the entire Cvent platform. Also included in the programme are hundreds of free virtual training sessions and certification study groups, hosted by Cvent experts.

More than 1,600 industry professionals across the UK and Europe have already completed training, Cvent reports, with certifications and training programmes free until 31st August.

Patrick Smith, Cvent’s CMO, said: “In times like these, it’s critical that we all find ways to lift each other up, support our communities, and work towards a brighter future, and we’re committed to doing exactly that. We’re extremely proud to offer our industry-leading certifications and learning opportunities to all meeting, event, and hospitality professionals at no cost to them. Our goal is to train and certify tens of thousands of industry professionals, giving them the tools and skills they need to bounce back quickly once things start to go back to normal – boosting not only their confidence and careers, but also the industry at-large.”