Event Planner Certification
How to Tell if an Event Planner Certification Program
is a Scam; or at the Very Least the Wrong Course for You
If you hope to start a career in event planning, you might
believe that getting an event planner certification is the best way to get
your foot in the door.
However, that is not true.
There is a huge misconception of what event planner certification really is; and it's very important to understand the truth. In my opinion, it's one of the biggest scams in the event planning industry; and the goal of this page is to help you see through the misleading information.
Are you considering taking a certification course in the hopes of achieving any of the following?
- You believe that certification is something anyone can achieve after taking a course in event planning.
- You believe that if you pay for an event planner
certification course, then potential employers will see that on your
resume and it will help you get a job.
- You believe that once you take a certification
course, you will know everything you need to know to start your own
event planning business.
- You believe that all you need to get started on your new career is one certification course, and you'll be on your way.
** Then it's very important for you to know this: your understanding of every point listed above is wrong.**
You see, there are three types of certification in the professional world.
- Corporate or "Internal" Certifications: These certifications are created by a company to use internally; for example, a company might create a one-day sales training and the employees must pass the test to "get certified." This certification means nothing to anyone outside the company.
- Product-Specific Certifications: This is used to show a person's understanding of a product; for example, if an IT person gets certified on certain software.
- Profession-Wide Certifications: In this case, a certain organization must create a certification program that is universally accepted across that specific industry. For example, there are universally-accepted certifications in real estate, aviation, or accounting.
However, in the event planning industry, the term "certification" is taken literally; you can't get "certified" in something you know nothing about. You can't get "certified" just because you took a course, because although you may have learned a lot from the course, as a beginner you still have not planned any (or many) events.
In order to receive any
true, legitimate event planning certification, you must first have at least
three to five years of experience in the industry. You also must have planned a large number of events, and have a complete, thorough understanding of how to plan events.
And so, as a beginner, you can't become certified in event planning.
If at this point you're feeling a bit confused or frustrated, please don't! There is a way around all this, and I am merely trying to open your eyes to the reality of this misconception of "event planner certification." It's easy to sell these lies to people who aren't in the industry, and who are so determined to start their career.
But as someone who's been in the industry for twenty years, and someone who's hired many assistant planners, I can promise you that the majority of these programs are a waste of your time and money. Keep reading to find out more!