Certificate in Event Management

Study to become an event manager and work in the event industry, planning and running events, such as weddings, parties, exhibitions, concerts, product launches, etc.

Course Code: VTR012
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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DISTANCE LEARNING - EVENT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE - HOME STUDY

Learn to Work in Event Management

Event Managers are both self employed small business operators, and employees of larger organisations such as: wedding venues, hotels, resorts, exhibition companies, concert promoters and conference organisers.

  • Learn to manage weddings, parties, exhibitions, concerts, product launches, etc
  • Start a business or find work with an organisation that runs events or supplies services to the event industry
  • Gain confidence in your skills and ability
  • Save yourself time and money by homestudy

Home study allows students of this certificate to learn in detail about the many facets of event management. Core modules ensure students have a firm understanding of the key elements of events. Elective modules are chosen to allow them to undertake more in depth studies in areas such as: food and beverage management; project management; wedding photography; entrepreneurship and more.

Event Managers are both self employed small business operators, and employees of larger organisations such as: wedding venues, hotels, resorts, exhibition companies, concert promoters and conference organisers.

Event management can be both a challenging and stimulating industry if you have the personality, knowledge and perseverance to succeed. Like most industries, there are pitfalls that you need to be aware of, and careful to avoid; but with a course such as this, you will be laying a very sound foundation for future success.  

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Event Management.
 Business Studies BBS101
 Wedding Planning BTR104
 Event Management BRE209
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 10 modules.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Food & Beverage Management BTR102
 Leisure Management 1 - Marketing BRE103
 Personnel Management VBS107
 Advertising and Promotions BBS202
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Food Preparation - Foundations of Cooking BRE212
 Leisure Facility Management I BRE205
 Project Management BBS201
 Wedding Photography BPH206
 

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


 

Content of The Core Subjects

Business Studies

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Establishment Procedures
  2. Management Procedures
  3. Communication in Business
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Staff Management
  6. Productivity
  7. Financial Management
  8. Marketing Techniques

Event Management

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Event Management
  2. Developing the Concept
  3. Physical and Human Resources
  4. Project Logistics
  5. Marketing an Event
  6. Financial Management
  7. Risk Management
  8. Staging the Event
  9. After the Event 

Wedding Planning

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Planning
  3. Managing People
  4. Managing Locations
  5. Managing the Programme
  6. Other Issues
  7. Managing the Client
  8. Managing the Wedding Day: Planning for Contingencies.
  9. Operating a Wedding Business:

 

How Do Events Come About?

Some events occur almost naturally, whilst others need to be initiated from a very original, creative, and sometimes obscure thought.

Naturally Occurring Events
The stimulus for these events may not always be obvious. Many organisations conduct events simply because “that is what this type of organisation does.” A garden club would conduct an annual flower competition or show, because most garden clubs do that. A trade association would conduct an annual trade show, because that is what most trade associations do.

For example:

  • A visit by an extraordinary celebrity, public speaker, sporting personality or musician will frequently initiate the organisation of an event to capitalize on the opportunity of their presence.
  • When people decide to play sport or music together; this invariably leads to events being organised to display their performance.
  • When people form organisations such as clubs, societies, associations, or professional institutes meet, it becomes a natural progression to organize conferences, seminars or shows and exhibitions relevant to the group.
  • Celebrations are often associated with baptisms, birthdays, weddings, graduations, (and in some cultures), beginning of manhood or womanhood.

 

Creating New and Original Events
The stimulus to initiate some types of events may come from a creative mind that either intentionally or unintentionally foresees an opportunity to do something different. In some instances, the motivation for this new idea might be financial gain, but in other instances, the motivation may be more altruistic (for the social good, or simply for the fun of it).

Creativity and Lateral Thinking
In today’s world, there is often a great deal of competition for patronage at events. To be successful, your event needs to not only be different, it must appear different before it even takes place. To make your event unique, you need to be thinking differently from how other event managers think. Learn to anticipate what they will do, and then attempt to do something not only unique, but better.

Success is not a matter of money. An innovative approach may often attract more visitors, or at least more profit, and still cost less to stage. The opportunity for repeat business is also more likely for innovative event managers.

For example, some event managers with international reputations have achieved success through their imaginative approach, their extremely high standards and their eye for detail. They may be organising a birthday party for a celebrity in the UK one month, and the next month, be halfway round the globe doing the same for another famous person. Clients may be paying hundreds of thousand of dollars for their special event, so expectations are high; patrons expect to not only enjoy themselves, but to have to have an unforgettable experience. The event manager may source decorations from Hong Kong, wine from France and food from somewhere else. Every item down to the smallest detail will be scrutinised for quality and suitability; even the way in which the tablecloths are placed on the table will be considered an important detail. Some of the attendees may be the same; so in order to offer their clients a unique experience, the successful event manage may never use the same theme, decorations or menu twice. These event managers are popular and respected due to their uncompromising approach to quality.

Even though the events you organise may not be of such a grand scale, the approach you use will dictate how successful your event will be.

  • Educate yourself to have an eye for detail
  • Don’t compromise; never think near enough is good enough.
  • Always offer your client the best possible quality to suit their budget.
  • Try not to repeat your approach; even if the event is very successful, patrons will expect the next one to be even better or at least different.
  • Always have a professional approach to an event, no matter how large or small.

 

What's Involved in Staging an Event?

For any event, you need to consider and attend to the following:

  • the theme of the event
  • the choice of venue
  • the audience and guests
  • the stage
  • power, lights and sound
  • audiovisuals and special effects
  • catering
  • performers
  • crew
  • hospitality
  • recording the event
  • ticketing

 

 

 


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Course Contributors

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

John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner.
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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

Karen Lee

Nutritional Scientist, Dietician, Teacher and Author.
BSc. Hons. (Biological Sciences), Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition and Dietetics.
Registered dietitian in the UK, with over 15 years working in the NHS. Karen has undertaken a number of research projec





Tutors

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

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.

Diana Cole

Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), RHS Diploma in Horticulture, BTEC Higher Diploma in Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C.

In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). She also has skills gained through leading a group of volunteers renovating a local park on behalf of a local council and has been a volunteer leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. She continues to teach the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications (Levels 2 and 3) at her local college. She is a member of The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd.

Rosemary Davies

Originally from Melbourne, Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Burnley, a campus of Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer.

She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe.

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