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. After all, as I say over and over again:
** The most important thing to understand as you start your career in event planning is that no one is going to hire you and then train you how to plan events. This means that you must take it upon yourself to learn the basics of how to plan events before you even begin to apply for entry-level jobs. And, if you want to become an event planner, you simply must learn how to plan events! ***
So, the next natural question is: ok how do I learn about event planning?
For most people, going back to college or university isn't an option; and to be honest, I don't think it's worth it anyway. Of course, if you are just heading into college, then it's vitally important to get a degree! But if you've been out of school for a number of years, it's not worth it go back; besides, there are very few schools with event planning programs anyway. For more on this topic, be sure to read this page about event planning schools.
Therefore, the next most logical option is to take an online course. But there are so many out there, and it can get overwhelming deciding which one is the best for you. Below I have outlined some of the "red flags" that you should look out for when searching for an online event planning training course.
But before we go any further, I'm going to do a shameless plug for my own online Planning Events Course.
I never anticipated creating a course; it was not in my plans at all when I first created this website. However, after hundreds of my
subscribers and readers kept emailing me and 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 anniversary parties. To create a successful career in event planning, you need to focus on special events and corporate meetings, conventions, and incentives. ***
And, in my personal opinion, 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.
Planning Events Course: A Step-by-Step Guide to Plan Events
This course will focus on the elements needed to plan special events and corporate meetings, conventions, and incentives. It will teach you why this should be your focus, as well as the nuts and bolts of how to do it. This is the only course out there that teaches you what you really need to know to begin a career as a planner. I created this event planning training course because there aren't any courses out there I felt comfortable recommending; and so I created it specifically for people who want to do more than plan birthday parties or weddings.
There are a few things 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:
What makes me most angry about so many courses out there 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.
So be sure to research your options carefully; take a course for what it has to teach you, not just to put some "certification" on your resume. Investigate, reach out and ask them questions, and always trust your gut.
Video #1: How Do
I Get Started?
Video #2: Top Three Mistakes
Video #3: Certification & Experience
Video #4: How to Find Work