Certificate in Event Planning

ECE is currently updating the Event Planning Certificate program – please check out our new Introduction to Event Planning course, completion of which will count towards the requirements needed for the certificate.

Special Event production is a blend of art and science. Study both as you explore the aesthetic details which make events sparkle, as well as the behind-the-scenes logistics which make the events safe and functional.

ECE offers the Event Planning Certificate in two formats: our hybrid program is a combination of online and traditional classroom work. Students complete the certificate by working independently and attending live, instructor-led sessions in our online classroom via Adobe Connect. Students will also meet during the sixth week for a full day in-class session.

Participants in our traditional classroom format meet in class for one week (Mon-Fri), with each session focusing on specific subjects outlined in the Curriculum. Students then participate in two online Q&A sessions during the next six weeks while completing their capstone projects.

In both formats, students apply these critical concepts toward the development of a capstone: a complete event plan representing the student’s final project, as well as a foundational component of a professional portfolio.

After this program, students will be able to:

  • Create high quality events
  • Explore options for gaining event planning experience
  • Develop effective event objectives including timeline, budget, and program
  • Design event invitation/marketing materials
  • Solve event logistical issues (parking, safety, security) while encouraging "green" event practices
  • Select a venue and service providers and negotiate prices
  • Understand the lingo and the terminology for catering, AV, and more
  • Work with a client, vendors, and volunteers effectively

The tuition for the Event Planning Certificate is $1,995. For payment options, please click HERE.

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