One of the most common questions I receive is about event planning training, certification, and/or online courses.
"What event planning training do I need to start my career?"
"What online event planning courses should I take?"
"Which event planning certification courses are best?"
"What do you think of the _____ course?"
Of course, these are very legitimate questions, and ones that you should be asking. And yet, this is one of the most frustrating questions to me.
This is frustrating for me for a number of reasons:
With that being said, it is still only fair for me to try to recommend some event planning training courses to the best of my ability. Below are some courses that, based upon their websites, I do or do not recommend.
But before we go any further, I'm going to do a shameless plug for my own online Event Planner eCourse. I actually created this course out of reluctance; it wasn't something I really wanted to make time to do. However, after hundreds of my subscribers and readers kept writing into me, asking which event planning training courses to take, I began to investigate the courses that are available out there.
And I was stunned, shocked, and disappointed to see what companies are putting out there and calling it a course....not to mention the insane prices they charge for it. I looked into course after course; and I kept finding the same crap (pardon the French). They teach you nothing more than how to plan weddings or kids' birthday parties; and then slap on an exorbitant fee, and call it a course! Worse yet, they convince you that you need their "certification" to begin your career; when in reality most of these certifications mean nothing to your future employers.
*** Let me tell you a secret that none of these companies want me to tell you....you simply can not make a living planning birthday parties and corporate luncheons. To create a successful career in event planning, you need to focus on large-scale events and corporate meetings, conventions, and incentives. ***
And making a living as a wedding planner is difficult and not recommended (keep reading the info below to find out why).
And yet, every single course out there focuses on weddings and parties.
so, I decided it was time to create my own event planning training
course; a course that focuses on real-life skills to apply to real-life,
successful event planning.
But first, I want you to read my reviews below. Please remember I wrote these reviews before I created my course; actually, I created the course BECAUSE of what I learned while writing these reviews! After really investigating what event planning training courses are available out there, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands.
I have a few "pet peeves" that always stick out to me as "red flags" when investigating an event planning training course; and think they are great guidelines for you to keep in mind when doing your research.
I would be very, very cautious (and most likely would recommend you stay away from) any course that focuses on the following:
If you approach these event planning training courses with realistic expectations, then they might be worth it. But what makes me angry is that they promise you things that you won't, in reality, get out of the course; for example, making a great living planning birthday parties, or that you'll be capable of starting your own business right away.
That, to me, qualifies as a scam.
Be sure to research your options carefully; and above all, follow your gut!
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