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Event Planner Certification

the Truth About Event Planner Certification Programs 

Many people believe that event planner certification is the best way to get your foot in the door and the quickest way to start your career.  

Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true.

There is a lot of confusion over what event planner certification really is; and it's very important to understand the truth.  There are a lot of companies out there misrepresenting what certification really is; and the goal of this page is to help you see through the misleading information.  

Many people considering taking a certification course in the hopes of achieving the following:

  • They believe that if they pay for an event planner certification course, then potential employers will see the certification on their resume and it will help them get the job.
  • They believe that once they take a certification course, they will know everything they need to know to start their own event planning business.
  • They believe that certification is something anyone can achieve after taking a course in event planning.
  • They believe that all they need to get started on their new career is one certification course, and they'll be on their way.

Unfortunately, none of these beliefs are true!

In the event planning industry, the term "certification" is taken literally; event planner certification is a statement that you are an expert in the field and have the experience of planning many events.  

Therefore, you can't get "certified" in something you haven't done before; and you can't get "certified" just because you took a course.  Although you may have learned a lot from the course, as a beginner you still have not planned any (or many) events.

And so, as a beginner, you can't become truly "certified" in event planning.

If you'd like to learn more about the few certifications that are considered legitimate in the event planning industry, click here.  

But wait!  Don't give up or get frustrated....

If at this point you're feeling a bit confused or frustrated, please don't!  

It is still vitally important that you learn all about event planning before you start your career.  It's just important that you have realistic expectations of what you'll get from your course.  

I'm not saying the you shouldn't take an online course, and you shouldn't rule one out just because it promises an "event planner certification."  

I just think it's vitally important that you see through the "smoke & mirrors" so that you aren't disappointed with the outcome.  

You need to take a course for what it can teach you, not because you think it'll give you an express pass to your career.  

In other words, don't get so focused on "getting certified" that this becomes your main reason for taking a course.  The reality is, as a beginner you still need to learn how to plan events.  So choose a course because it teaches you great information about the types of events you want to plan, not because it promises some shiny event planner certification that may or may not mean anything to anyone in the industry.  

The truth is, most of the people in the industry see right through these "certifications;" so again, take a course for what it can teach you.  Any employer or future client just wants to know how well you understand event planning.  

"So What Kind of Courses Should I Take?"

So again, it's still important that you take an online course (or attend one of the event planning schools or universities, if possible). After all, there is much more to event planning than just picking out decor and menus; so if you want to succeed, you need to learn how to plan events.  For more information about what employers look for in beginner planners, read this article on how to land event planning jobs. 

However, just make sure that you are taking the right course for the right reason; and not just to have something on your resume or hang on your wall when you start your own event planning business.  

Here are some things to consider when choosing a course:

  • Promises of "Certification:"  If you find an online course that promises that you will be "certified" at the end of the course, proceed with caution and carefully research the course. Although they might offer some legitimate information, do you want to put your trust into a company that is trying to deceive you?
  • Understand "Certificate" vs. "Certification:"  Now just to be clear, nothing is wrong with a course that offers a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate that you took the course.  I know it sounds like a tiny difference of wording, but this is a really important difference.  A course that offers a Certificate of Completion is stating that you took the course and understood it enough to pass a test or some other prerequisite.  A Certificate is not claiming you are certified...again, this tiny difference in wording is a big difference in real-life application.  
  • Teaches the Type of Events You Want to Learn:  Make sure the course teaches you the type of events you want to go into.  If you want to get into special events, then taking a course on party planning or wedding planning is a waste of your time and money. If the course truly teaches you the basics of special events, on the other hand. such as working with meeting room space, online registration, contracts, flow of space, working with vendors, audio visual basics, and what insurance and permits you need for your events, then this can be an imperative step toward your career.  
  • How is the Material Taught?  Be very clear in which format the course is taught.  Many websites use a lot of fun language to talk about what you'll learn; and then you find out the "course" is just a few documents.  I once saw a course that was $500, but I had to really dig to find out that all it consisted of was a couple of PDF ebooks!  
  • No "Fluff & Filler"!  Make sure you're getting high-quality, legitimate information.  I've researched a lot of courses and so many of them seem to have what I call "fluff & filler."  In other words, they put out a bunch of stuff that is meaningless in real life.  I have seen one course that has an entire module on "how to be sensitive at funerals."  I saw another course that spent an entire module on how to shake hands!  The company providing your course should respect you, your time, and your money, and treat you like the intelligent adult that you are. Otherwise, move on!   

Help!  Then How do I Learn About Event Planning?

If you're at the point where you're ready to commit to pursuing your career, then it's time to take the next step!  The most important step toward your future is to learn everything you can about how to become an event planner.  

If you haven't done so already, sign up for this free introductory video course, Become an Event Planner without Experience, a Degree, or Certification.  

If you're ready to begin your future now and are ready for a course that will teach you everything you need to know in order to begin your career, check out my Event Planning Essentials Certificate Course.  It's not full of fluff. It's not going to tell you that at the end of the course, you can plan the next Olympics Opening Ceremony. I'm not going to say you are "certified" (although I do include a Certificate of Completion to prove that you took the course).

But I will teach you the foundation of special event planning; including:

  • the extensive lingo used in event planning (we really do speak our own language!)
  • how to select a venue
  • how to do site inspections
  • how to find entertainment (from local up to international celebrities)
  • choosing food & beverage
  • all about decor

Regardless of whether you want to plan weddings, parties, special events, or corporate meetings, the foundation of all event planning is the same.  Learn the foundational elements with the Event Planning Essentials Course; then supplement your learning with one of my speciality courses designed specifically for the types of events you want to go into.  

This will enable you to head out into the field, armed with the knowledge and terminology you need to start a successful career.

I've had dozens of "students" apply what I have to teach, and then land jobs within weeks or months of finishing the course.  I've even had a number of people land jobs before they even finished the course.  

If you are serious about becoming an event planner, then you owe it to yourself to look beyond the lies of event planner certification; and invest in your future and get started…  

Click here or on the image below to learn more about the Event Planning Essentials Certificate Course.