Advanced Certificate in Event Management

An intensive online course for people with a flair for organising events. Learn good management techniques and develop a career in event management.

Course Code: VRE052
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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Become a Skilled Organiser

This course is designed to equip students with a range of necessary event management and business skills. It is designed to prepare you for a professional career in this field, and to develop a capacity to manage a wide range of different events, small or large.

 

Study, Learn, Work Managing Events

Start an event management business, or seek jobs in event management companies.

Make a career out of what comes to you naturally!
If you love organizing events and creating fun for people, this is the career for you!

What do Graduates of Event Management do?

  • Sub contract services to organisers of shows, conferences, concerts etc, on an event by event basis

  • Start their own business (Wedding planner, Party planner, Exhibition company, Conference organiser, etc)

  • Work in a larger established exhibition company

  • Work for hotels, reception centres, exhibition and conference venues, sporting venues or other enterprises involved with provision of events

 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Event Management.
 Business Studies BBS101
 Food & Beverage Management BTR102
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Research Project I BGN102
 Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
 Event Management BRE209
 Leisure Facility Management I BRE205
 Project Management BBS201
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 15 modules.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Financial (Money) Management BBS104
 Industrial Psychology BPS103
 Leadership BBS110
 Motivation VBS111
 Personnel Management VBS107
 Sales Management BBS102
 Tourism 1 BTR103
 Wedding Planning BTR104
 Advertising and Promotions BBS202
 Bar Service VTR204
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Adventure Tourism BTR302
 Business Planning BBS302
 Leisure Facility Management II BRE306
 

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Event Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


What Do Event Managers Do?

Event managers need to have a firm understanding of the event planned and the reasons for holding it: the What, Where, Why and Who?

  • What type of event is to be held and what is the budget?

  • Where is it to be held?

  • Why is the event being held?

  • Who is the event being held for, who are the supporters, and who is to be involved?

A well-managed event will meet the needs of its patrons. Private clients who use event managers to plan and implement their event will often have pre-set ideas on how the event should be run and may have very high expectations. They pay the Event Manager to ensure that all their ideas will work and the event lives up to their expectations. They may also expect the organiser to come up with a range of innovative and interesting ideas. This requires skills beyond those of an organisational and management nature.

An example may be a birthday party for a very wealthy client. The client may expect the Event Manager to show an extraordinary depth of imagination i.e. in the decorations used, the layout of the room, the menu planning and so on. The wealthy client may want the ‘party to beat all parties’. Second best may not be good enough.

It is wise for the event manager, irrelevant of the size and nature of the event, to use the approach: ‘That’s good enough’ is not good enough. Aim for excellence. Developing an excellent reputation is the best way to ensure ongoing work.

Event management also includes planning and organizing the supply of equipment, materials and services well ahead of time. Careful planning enables the use of alternative resources should any of these resources prove be to be difficult to obtain.

How Do I Get To Be an Event Manager?

Often event managers will start a career by establishing and operating their own business on a small scale; and growing from there.

Before starting out though; you need to understand what is involved, develop networks, and have a level of small business management skills.Other event managers start out by working for a larger company that is continuously organising and running events: perhaps a concert promoter, an exhibition company or even a reception centre

What Resources are Needed for an Event?

This all depends upon the nature and size of the event.

Determining the physical and human resources for an event can be more dependent on the desired quality of the event than its actual size. A great deal of planning is required to ensure all objectives are met at each stage if a high standard is a key objective. Once the overall aims are established, the entire event needs to be divided into operational segments. Each of these tasks can then be treated as individual tasks that require their own specific solutions and resources. Once the number of staff and the resources required for each task is agreed on, the important task of scheduling can commence. If staggering tasks is not logistically possible, then high staff numbers will be required for this intense operational period. Some parts of the event may have to be phased if a critical operational resource (e.g. a generator) is required at more than one place simultaneously.

Once the size of the event and visitation to the event is established and all tasks have been examined to determine the exact physical and human resources required, then the process of staff recruitment and selection can begin. The breakdown of tasks will assist invaluably in staff selection, not only in the number of staff required, but more importantly it will indicate the skill base needed to complete each task effectively. Care needs to be taken in selecting key personnel, especially in management. Highly skilled staff may be required in certain operational areas, especially where safety is paramount. When organizing an event that is community-based, a large proportion of staff may be recruited as volunteers. Even volunteers need to be judicially selected; do not simply accept all who apply because they are not paid employees. To ensure the highest quality team, all operational staff should be screened by experienced persons. Often a great deal of disenchantment and friction can arise from this pool of initially enthusiastic and altruistic volunteers.

THE STUDY EXPERIENCE

 

No two students have the same experience studying Event Management with ACS Distance Education. We plan it that way, both to:

  • give you ultimate flexibility in what, where, when and how you study

  • ensure every graduate has a different and unique mix of learning experiences (being unique is really important to career success today).

You will read and research things; but this course is far more than just reading things and trying to remember them. To be a good event manager you need far more than that; and throughout this course, we help you develop all of those different skills and attributes that are needed to make a success in the event industry.

  • You will attend and observe events

  • You will interact with not only our academic staff; but also people who work or have worked in event management

  • You explore opportunities for building business ideas or developing career prospects in this industry 

Course Requirements

To obtain this advanced certificate you must complete all assignments and pass an exam in eight modules and complete Research Project I.

Choosing Your Elective: 

Your choice of elective module from those listed should be determined, taking into account both your needs and any past studies or experience. Your choice of elective can (and should) be made after completing the compulsory modules.

AFTER YOUR STUDIES

Graduates from this course tend to find opportunities to work in events as they progress through their studies. Projects that you undertake throughout the course will help expand your networking with the industry; and stimulate ideas for businesses that you may develop.

  • Some graduates will find work with established event management companies

  • Some will start their own businesses.

  • Some may go on to further studies or to work in a related area. (Event management skills can be extremely useful in lots of other jobs; from marketing professional to tourism and hospitality)

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How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
registration. Recommencement fees may apply.

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What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding of the subject. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

Yes, your tutor is here to help you. Simply post any questions you have in your login.training portal or contact the office and we can pass on a message to your tutor.

We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (8-9 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- an Advanced Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

ACS has an arrangement with OAMPS (formerly AMP) who can arrange Professional Indemnity from Australian and New Zealand graduates across all disciplines. Ph: 1800 222 012 or email acs@oamps.com.au.


Who are ACS Distance Education?

ACS Distance Education have been educating people for over 40 years.

We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
We are focused on helping you learn and make the most of your experience.
You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

Our courses are written by our staff, who all have many years experience and have qualifications in their speciality area. We have lots of academic staff who write and update our courses regularly.


How do I enrol my staff/ sponsored students?

Yes, you can do a request for a bulk enrolment and request an invoice on our Invoice Request Form

We can prepare an invoice, quote or proforma invoice. Simply complete your details on our Invoice Request form

We can arrange bulk discounts for your course enrolment, please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

Yes, we have many students who are in locked facilities, such as prisons or hospitals. We can cater by also offering paper notes at an additional cost.


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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Dr Karen Cripps

PhD, MSc, BA Hons
More than a decade of experience in tourism and business; a former university lecturer with an outstanding reputation as an expert in sustainability.

Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy
Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo

Sarah Edwards

Over 15 years industry experience covering marketing, PR, administration, event management and training, both in private enterprise and government; in Australia and the UK.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Alison Pearce

Alison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ACS Agriculture, Wildlife and Ecotourism students.

She has worked as a University Lecturer, a Quality Assurance Manager, a Research Technician, and has also run a veterinary operating theatre; responsible for animal anaesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures. She has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

She has extensive experience of handling, husbandry, and management of a wide range of both small and large animals and has a particular love for nature and wildlife.

Sarah Pirecki

A passionate advocate for animal health and welfare. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience majoring in Animal Health and Disease and is currently completing a Diploma of Project Management. She has a wide range of experience working in agricultural settings, veterinary nursing, assistance dog raising, and animal education.

Michael Brugman

Mike is a graduate of Rhodes University and has experience in the Earth Science field. His working experience includes working as a consultant in geology, environmental and atmospheric science.

More recently he has been focused on research and academia including research interests in areas such as air quality and carbon emissions.

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