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Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: What Is an Event Planner?
  • Lesson 2: The Importance of Networking to the Event Planner
  • Lesson 3: The Major Types of Event Planning
  • Lesson 4: Corporate Event Planner Basics
  • Lesson 5: Wedding Planner Basics
  • Lesson 6: Special Party & Celebration Event Planner Basics
  • Lesson 7: A Birds Eye View of Planning a Single Event
  • Lesson 8: A Bug's Eye View of Planning a Single Event
  • Lesson 9: Details that Make a Difference
  • Lesson 10: Starting Your Own Event Planning Service

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
1A: Introduce Yourself5
Lesson 1 Assignment30
Lesson 1 Exam: Event Planning Defined200
Lesson 2 Assignment10
Lesson 2 Exam:The Importance of Networking to the Event Planner190
Lesson 3, Assignment20
Lesson 3 Exam:The Major Types of Event Planning190
Lesson 4 Assignment10
Lesson 4 Exam:Corporate Event Planner Basics190
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Lesson 5 Exam:Wedding Planner Basics200
Lesson 6 Assignment30
Lesson 6 Exam:Special Party & Celebration Event Planner Basics190
Lesson 7 Assignment30
Lesson 7 Exam:A Birds Eye View of Planning a Single Event190
Lesson 8 Assignment10
Lesson 8 Exam:A Bugs-Eye View of Planning a Single Event190
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam:Details that Make a Difference200
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 Exam:Starting Your Own Event Planning Service200
Final Exam970
Total Points:3125

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