Event Management Courses
Event management courses and programs are widely available. You can take classes at community colleges, state colleges and universities and also online. While we cannot recommend specific schools or courses, we can give you guidance on what knowledge you need to gain from any particular program.
Although there are no strict educational guidelines for event managers, many community colleges offer certificate programs. Hotel and restaurant management programs are also offered at the community college level. The average yearly tuition of community colleges varies by state. However, you can expect to spend approximately $3,000 a year. Online certificate programs range from $500 to $2,000.
Most employers seek experienced planners. If you need experience to round out you resume, we suggest volunteering for a community event, a local non-profit or perhaps a church bazaar. Any relevant experience will help. A solid course of study should prepare you to:
It is important to find a program that has a proven track record of success. We recommend that you supplement course work with on the job training or perhaps an internship. It will help balance your career. After all, real world experience is priceless!
How Much Can an Event Planner Expect to Earn?
Based on March 2010 data, from Salary.com, the base salary for an event planner ranges from $47,000 to $64,000 a year as follows:
This compensation is for an individual who manages all aspects of planning an event, including negotiations and accommodations. Salary.com has also indicated that this salary range generally requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 2 to 4 years’ experience. Less than a bachelor’s degree would command a smaller annual salary.