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Event planning is one of the hottest new fields available to people from all walks of life today.  Although some event planners may possess a college degree in business or a related field of study, a college degree is not required to be an event planner, nor is a certificate or any other formal training--although any training and/or education you can receive would certainly be very beneficial and give you an edge over others just starting out.
Those who are brand new to the field of event planning can earn excellent money in this career path, and the benefits and salary only increase with the event planner's contacts, networking and skill level.  Those at the top of their game can earn in excess of millions per year.
Event planning is an exciting, lucrative and interesting career choice; however, it is not for everyone. Those who have a lot of energy, are comfortable with self-promotion, enjoy talking to and socializing with strangers, who are well organized, can handle multi-tasking and have an eye for detail will enjoy this career.  If you are laid back, shy and prefer to be "behind the scenes," you may want to choose another profession. This course will give you a great basic understanding of event planning. It will also explain some of the details of how the business works and what an event planner does exactly. Lastly, it will give you the basics to help get you started in this exciting, rewarding and often fun filled career.

There are ten comprehensive lessons written in an easy to follow, informative manner. The end of each lesson will provide you with multiple summary review questions so that you may effectively test your new found knowledge. We encourage you to use these self-test questions to determine whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or if you should review portions of the preceding lesson before taking the next step. Don't rush yourself. Take the time to read all portions of the lessons and complete the exercises and self-tests. Making full use of this course, in its entirety, is the first step in getting more of what you want in life and business.
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Lesson 1: What Is an Event Planner?

Event planners work to ensure the success of an event, which includes meetings, parties, fundraisers, and many others. 235 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: An event planning notebook will keep you organized
  • Complete Assignment: 1A: Introduce Yourself
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam: Event Planning Defined

Lesson 2: The Importance of Networking to the Event Planner

Any event planner needs a good group of people who can provide the required elements to put the event together and make it a great success. This lesson discusses the importance of networking and how to develop networking skills and con 200 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Business Cards
  • Take Poll: I Want to be an Event Planner Because...
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam:The Importance of Networking to the Event Planner

Lesson 3: The Major Types of Event Planning

There are three major areas of this field that are the most popular, and thus often become the highest paying. The first is corporate event planning, the second is wedding planning, and the last is special party or celebration event planning. 210 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Special Events Business; Planners Guide
  • Take Poll: Specializing in Events!
  • Complete: Lesson 3, Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam:The Major Types of Event Planning

Lesson 4: Corporate Event Planner Basics

Corporate event planners most often are employed by large to medium-sized companies or corporations. They organize, orchestrate, and arrange various events, meetings, conventions and educational seminars. 200 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Planning a Seminar Event; Party 411; Event Planning Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam:Corporate Event Planner Basics

Lesson 5: Wedding Planner Basics

Wedding planners may offer wedding day only coordination or a full range of other services, such as helping find the perfect reception location or by planning the wedding from start to finish. 220 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Be a Wedding Planner!; WeddingWire.com; Wedding Planner Careers
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam:Wedding Planner Basics

Lesson 6: Special Party and Celebration Event Planner Basics

Special party and celebration planners organize the party or celebration according to the wishes of those who hired them. 220 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Celebrating Events; Backdrops Fantastic; Event Jobs
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam:Special Party & Celebration Event Planner Basics

Lesson 7: A Bird's-eye View of Planning a Single Event

This lesson gives you a broad view of what planning one single event would look like. 220 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Event Planning Checklist; Engagement Parties; Planning Your Next Event
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam:A Birds Eye View of Planning a Single Event

Lesson 8: A Bug's-eye View of Planning a Single Event

In this lesson, we will use the gathered data to get a more detailed plan, from which a final plan will be made. 200 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Corporate Event Planning Information; Event planning checklist; Guidelines
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam:A Bugs-Eye View of Planning a Single Event

Lesson 9: Details That Make a Difference

If you want to be an event planner, then you need to always focus on the details that make a difference. 225 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Party Success - It's All in the Details; My Punch Bowl: Event planning Invitations; Perfect Planning
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam:Details that Make a Difference

Lesson 10: Starting Your Own Event Planning Service

If you want to run your own company, you should have experience, many contacts, and a good amount of starting capital. 1195 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 6 Articles: How to Start a Career in Party Planning; Software for event planners; Event Management Systems; Event Management Directory; Free Business Cards; My Punch Bowl: Event planning Invitations
  • Take Poll: What Do You Think of This Course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam:Starting Your Own Event Planning Service
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Event Planning 101
Course Number: 7550035
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
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Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what an event planner is and determine whether or not it is right for you.
  • Describe the importance of networking as an event planner.
  • Describe the major types of event planning.
  • Know the processes involved in planning a corporate event.
  • Know the processes involved in planning a wedding.
  • Describe the processes involved in planning special parties and celebrations.
  • Outline and summarize the details of planning any major event.
  • Know how to start your own event planning service, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "I thought this was an excellent course. There was no pressure and you could work at your own pace and timeline. I gained a wealth of information and feel the instructor was knowledgeable of the event planning business. The instructor promptly marked assignments, exams and responded to e-mails questions." -- Gloria K.
  • "I found that at the end of every assignement that there wasa section called "Conclusion" that helped to clarity things in a "BUGS EYE VIEW"....Great Course overall! :)" -- Calvin B.
  • "The instructor was there and graded me on time. I thank you Universal Class for being your student." -- Betty I.
  • "Everything was helpful....Instructor was pretty quick on getting back to my questions!" -- Courtney F.
  • "I particularly enjoyed the example of planning an event that was utilized for two lessons. I enjoy feeling involved in the event planning process." -- Gaytra A.
  • "What was most helpful was the assignments, as they required some planning and creative work that I will be able to use in my future business....I really enjoyed taking the course and was impressed with instructor's fast and professional feedback. The course is great, as it allows self-study at your own pace, gives the structure and direction in your future career of the choice, and the tuition fee is very affordable" -- Oksana P.

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