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Think back to the last time you went to a convention, a wedding, or an off-site business meeting.  Everything you saw--from the sign-up posts, to the table decorations, to the folders you've been handed--had to be created by someone.  That someone would be an event planner.  This is someone who plans events--large or small, corporate or social. Any event you have ever attended had someone at the helm who shouldered the responsibility of looking after every minute detail, from the key-note speaker all the way down to how many knives, forks, and spoons were needed for the meal you ate.
This course will take you into the world of special event planning, giving you a very accurate behind-the-scenes look at a career that is almost invisible, but so very important. Whether you are looking to plan a family reunion, a wedding, an off-site meeting, or a giant product launch, this course will give you the necessary information and insight into what you need to know to pull off a successful event. 

Perhaps you are looking for a change of career.  If so, this course will illustrate in great detail the qualities you must possess to be a successful special event planner and exactly what the job entails. This is one of the most versatile jobs in the hospitality field, and people with drastically different backgrounds will find that they have the perfect experience to step into their new role as a Special Event Planner.  This course is designed to assist both the seasoned and novice Event Planner become better organized, save both time and money, and enjoy the entire process. 
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Lesson 1: Today's Special Event Planner

This lesson takes a look at what an event planner does, characteristics of one, and typical duties of the job. 37 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Professional Convention Management Association
  • Take Poll: Event Planning Interest
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Career Evaluation
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 1 : Today's Special Event Planner

Lesson 2: Why Clients Use Event Planners

This lesson covers common reasons why someone might hire an event planner and how to work with clients to meet their needs. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Additional information on Event Planning
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Determining What is Needed
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 2 : Why Clients Use Event Planners

Lesson 3: Your Job as an Event Planner

This lesson covers various skills needed to be an event planner, including an in-depth look at some of the most important ones. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Event Planning Yahoo Groups; Video of an Event Planner; Event Planning Internships
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Being Tactful Under Pressure
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 3 : Your Job as an Event Planner

Lesson 4: Going into Business

This lesson focuses on what it takes to start an event planning business. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: How to Start an Event Planning Business; Small Business Administration; My Punch Bowl: Event planning invitations
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Researching Competition
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 4 : Going Into Business

Lesson 5: Vendors

This lesson discusses the various vendors that you may be working with to organize an event. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Local Networking Groups; Event Planning Blog
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Locating Vendors
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 5 : Vendors

Lesson 6: Money, Contracts, and Insurance

This lesson looks at getting paid for your services, setting up a contract, and the insurance you will need. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: How to Collect Money in a Bad Economy; Ways to Get Your Business Noticed; Special Event Insurance; General Contract for Speaking Appearance Sample; Sample Contract for Speaking Engagement
  • Take Poll: Event Planning Experience
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Insurance
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 6 : Money, Contracts, and Insurance

Lesson 7: Preliminary Work for the Event

This lesson takes a look at what preliminary work will need to be done before the actual events. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Gathering the Facts
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 7 : Preliminary Work for the Event

Lesson 8: The Event: Showtime

This lesson explains the event planner's responsibilities when the event takes place, as well as necessary follow-up. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Event Planners Association; Articles on Event Planning
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Creating a Checklist
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 8 : The Event - Showtime

Lesson 9: Types of Events: Corporate

This lesson focuses on corporate event planning, including what it entails and the various types of vendors you may work with. 27 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Corporate Planning Checklist; Party 411
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Corporate Planners
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 9 : Types of Events - Corporate

Lesson 10: Types of Events: Social

This lesson discusses the various types of social events that planners may provide services for. 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Top Event Planning Destination: Las Vegas
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Social Event Planning
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 10 : Types of Events - Social

Lesson 11: Relationships

This lesson looks at the various relations you will have as an event planner, including those with clients, vendors, and staff. 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Zen Habits Blog; Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Working on Personal Development
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 11 : Relationships

Lesson 12: Networking

This lesson looks at the importance of networking and effective ways to do it. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Event Planners' Trade Show
  • Complete: Lesson 12 A: Assignment: Networking Goals
  • Complete: Lesson12 B Assignment: Making Contact and Offering Your Services
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 12 : Networking

Lesson 13: Keeping Your Business in the Public Eye

In this lesson you will learn more about getting your business noticed and how to handle any problems that may arise. 89 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Articles on Starting a Business; IRS Guide to Starting a Business
  • Take Poll: Starting a Business
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment: Event Planning Business Expectations
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 13 : Keeping Your Business in the Public Eye
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Special Events Planning
Course Number: 7550226
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.1 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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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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:
  • Define the role of a special events planner.
  • Describe why clients use event planners.
  • Describe your job as an event planner.
  • Know going into business.
  • Describe dealing with vendors.
  • Describe managing money, contracts, and obtaining the correct insurance.
  • Define the preliminary work for the event.
  • Describe the event.
  • Define types of corporate events.
  • Define types of social events.
  • Describe how to build and maintain client relationships.
  • Know how to network to expand your client base.
  • Describe how to keep your business in the public eye, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "The assignments were most helpful. I never would have thought to plan an all vegan event and this course put me up to the challenge for the very first assignment." -- Suzie M.
  • "The assignments were extremely helpful!" -- LaTasha B.
  • "The instructor was very good." -- Jody S.
  • "I found the writing part of the course to be very helpful as it made you research the field and your competition." -- Babette H.
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  • "Course was great and the instructor was great. I liked the whole experience of this course." -- Alla V.
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