To help provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be a professional event planner, as well as the basic business and self-employment skills necessary to operate an event planning business.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
In this course, you’ll develop the foundational skills to help you gain success in the program. You’ll learn how you can improve your study skills, so you’re able to use a number of tools that will help you to enter the professional world.
In this course, you’ll study the role of the event planner as well as the typical services that they provide. It’s important to understand how to evaluate your business idea and set yourself apart from the competition. You’ll examine the importance of professionalism and manners and how to contract with clients and vendors. Finally, you’ll cover typical event styles and themes, event marketing and promotion, and ways of organizing and controlling events.
In this course, you’ll study the event planner’s role in determining the guest list, securing a venue, and sending invitations. Documentation and record keeping is extremely important. You’ll discover the different types of vendors that event planners work with and learn about finding and interviewing appropriate vendors for events, reviewing samples of work, asking for references, and saying thank you. The budget is another critical part of the event business. This section covers the menu, the registry, and methods for receiving and safeguarding gifts during events.
In this course, you’ll study organizing fundraising events, dealing with host committees and sponsors, and planning live auctions. This section covers planning for early life events, including baby showers, B’rit Milah, B’rit Bat, baptisms, christenings, and dedications. You’ll study planning for other life events and rituals, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, quinceañeras, anniversary parties, and birthday parties, including sweet sixteen parties. Finally, you’ll discover things to consider when selecting destination locations, including popular destinations, planning and budgeting, legal requirements, and important travel tips for clients.
In this course, you’ll study how to start and run a successful business. You’ll examine the business plan, researching other event planning businesses, and the importance of business etiquette and protocol. You’ll discover the importance of marketing and networking, including social media and other online tools; you’ll also learn about hiring reliable assistants. Finally, you’ll complete a project-based assignment to demonstrate the strength of your writing skills as well as the development of contracts, timelines, and other important written documentation.
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Penn Foster College has been nationally accredited for over 40 years, and has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. We also participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
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