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Event Planning Certificate

When a meeting or event is well-planned you know it. If the unexpected occurs, it’s well-handled. Let this be your experience by learning the necessary skills to run a successful event through the Event Planning certificate program. This comprehensive certificate program encompasses events and meetings and provides participants with the broadest career opportunities possible.

You will learn:

  • What event planning is
  • The role of an event planner
  • How to work with clients
  • Different types of events
  • How to work with and plan a budget
  • Contracts and the legal aspects of events
  • Event timelines
  • Venue selection
  • Food and beverage selection
  • Types of vendors
  • How to define the needs of staff and volunteers

Our event planning instructor, Laura Walter, has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She formally worked as Catering Sales Manager for Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, as Special Events Director for Montgomery Country Club, and has owned a catering and event planning business. Laura graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Hospitality Management. She holds certifications from NACE as a Certified Professional in Catering and Events and from Marriott as a Certified Wedding Planner. Mrs. Walter will lead the course through a series of lectures and discussions, as well as site visits and hands-on experience with other professionals in the event planning industry.

This course requires an outside time commitment in addition to the classroom hours.