One of the questions I get asked most often is, "What event planning schools do you recommend?"
The event planning industry is such a dynamic field that there aren’t any specific educational requirements to find success as a planner. However, as the industry grows increasingly competitive, education and training are becoming increasingly more important. If you're not sure whether to go back to college or if an online course is enough, be sure to read through the checklist on the Event Planning Courses page to see what path is the best for you.
Many people believe that merely getting an "online certification" is enough to land them a job. It's very important to realize that you should take online courses for the purpose of learning events; not merely to have "resume material." It is going to be very, very difficult for you to break into the industry unless you have a solid understanding of the basics of event planning.
However, you need to be cautious which course you choose, as most online courses are full of fluff and useless information. For more on this, be sure to read about event planning training courses here.
If you have not yet finished college, however, or would like to pursue an education while working toward an event planning career, keep reading to find a list of event planning schools or universities.
A word of caution: due to the fact that the event industry is still evolving and, until recently, wasn’t considered a “real career,” very few universities and schools offer actual event planning degrees. Many universities and online programs, however, offer courses in “hospitality or restaurant management" or “travel and tourism.” Be very careful and research these programs thoroughly, ensuring that there are a fair number of classes specializing in event planning within these programs.
For example, a degree in "Hospitality" might sound like it's the right path; but if most of the courses are about restaurant management, that's not a good path for someone who wants to be an event planner (unless, of course, you are also interested in restaurant management as a potential career).
In other words, don't get so swept up in the name of the degree that you don't research what you'll actually be learning.
Basically, in my opinion, it comes down to this:
There are two ways to get an event planning education:
If you are interested in furthering your education online,
click here to read my reviews of some of the most well-known online event planning courses.
If, however, you are able to go to college and pursue a degree, then there are a few event planning schools that might be beneficial to your future as an event planner.
There are a few event planning schools, universities, or colleges that offer event planning and/or hospitality programs. Please note that I am not personally endorsing any of these event planning schools, as I do not have direct experience with any of them. The only universities or colleges that I am aware of that currently have event planning courses or degrees are:
Of course, more schools and universities are adding courses all the time, so do your research.
If you would like some training without committing to a two or four-year program, then perhaps an online course is best for you. I have created my own online Event Planner eCourse that is much more affordable than any other online course out there; not to mention it teaches you the skills you truly need to know to succeed as an event planner!
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