How to become a certified event planner
It is said by some that one should get at least 3 years of solid event planning experience prior to enrolling into an event planning diploma or certification program. This is pretty good advice since the years of experience will help you determine what area of event planning you will be focusing on in your career (e.g. wedding planning, meeting planning, party planning, etc.) and hence what course of study would best meet you needs. Assuming you have made this decision here are over 20 options on how to get event planning certification and/or training …
Your event planner professional development guide
Event planner certification, continuous professional development training and your experience go hand in hand in the world of event planning.
Whether you are a seasoned planner, now entering the industry, looking to become a certified event planner or searching for on-demand content we provide the following links to useful resources.
Browse the ones below (sorted by location) and feel free to suggest others in the “Comments” section below:
For Barbados Students
1 Introduction to Event Planning course – Barbados Vocational Training Board
2 Certificate in Event Planning & Conference Management – University of the West Indies Open Campus Barbados
3 Events Management course – Hospitality Institute, Barbados Community College
4 Wedding Coordinator Certification Course – The Wedding Planner Institute of Canada
For Trinidad & Tobago Students
5 Professional Certificate in Events Management – Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad & Tobago
For Jamaica Students
6 Certificate in Events Planning & Management – School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of Technology, Jamaica
For International Students
7 Event Planning Blueprint Toolkit
8 Technical Meeting & Event Production – Event Leadership Institute
9 Technical Meeting & Event Production – Full Day Intensive – Event Leadership Institute
10 Wedding & Event Design – Event Leadership Institute
11 The Business Accelerator: Taking Your Event Company to the Next Level – Event Leadership Institute
12 The Launching Pad: Starting Your Own Event Company – Event Leadership Institute
13 Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals – Event Leadership Institute
14 Business Event Planning Certificate – Senaca College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
15 Convention Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Planner
16 Certificate in Meeting Management Designation
17 Event & Venue Management courses – Trebas Institute, Toronto
18 Wedding Coordinator Certification Course – The Wedding Planner Institute of Canada
19 ABC® Certified Wedding Planner – ICS Canada
20 Event & Wedding Planning Course – QC Event School
21 Wedding Planning Course – QC Event School
22 Event Decor Course – QC Event School
23 Event Planning Course – QC Event School
24 Luxury Wedding & Event Planning Specialization Course
25 Destination Wedding Planning Specialization Course – QC Event School
26 U.S. Schools with Event Planning Programs
27 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Professional Development Programs and Training Courses
28 You can also consider working to become a CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) or CMP (Certified Meeting Planner). These designations are given out by ISES and MPI, respectively. Many corporations, and some members of the general public, look for these designations when hiring planners.
Hope this information helps you in your search. Should you have any questions or if we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
In the comments section below please let us know of any other event planning courses out there that you think should be included in the list above. Also share feedback or reviews on the courses mentioned in this article.
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