The word event planning evokes visions of grandeur, jaw-dropping grand events that “wow”. It is no surprise that an event planning certificate is in demand. Entering the industry does require specific skills and an event planning certificate can demonstrate knowledge attained as well as provide networking connections.
Broad topics taught include program definition, strategies in site selection, décor, design, budgeting, risk management, proposals, technical management, coordination and general management. These are very broad themes and many diverse topics are taught in an event planning certificate.
Event planning has many similarities with meeting planning and many careers are in between. As such, in choosing an event planning certificate, it is beneficial to pick a program that teaches both for optimal career flexibility. An event planning certificate is not one size fits all so pick the one that suits you best.
What you should look for in an event planning certificate broadly includes: comprehensive nature of knowledge taught, networking connections provided, requirement of an externship and whether it is taught by credentialed industry professionals. Event planning certificate instructors should ideally be Certified Hospitality Educators (CHE) to ensure that they have the ability to impart knowledge.