Course Description

This course addresses the principles and practices of event planning.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Initial Planning and Budgeting

Discuss the importance of primary event objectives, why initial planning is crucial, and how to put together a budget that covers all elements of an event.

Lesson 2: Organization and Timing

Discuss the "critical path" — the items, considerations, scheduling and time planning that must be organized for a particular event. Learn how to stay on track with the calendar, contracts, correspondence, vision, budget and tasks that must be accomplished.

Lesson 3: Location

Discuss site selection, site requirements and site planning considerations, in addition to the tasks required for site preparation and site direction.

Lesson 4: Transportation

Explore various types of transportation that might be involved in an event and discuss the advantages and challenges of providing transportation for events, as well as the relationship between transportation and site selection.

Lesson 5: Guest Arrival

From the text: "Guest arrival sets the anticipatory tone for the event ahead. Your event does not start the moment the guests step into the venue, but the moment they arrive on its doorstep or in the designated parking drop-off point. You have to plan and prepare for weather they could encounter stepping out of the vehicle, the appearance of the walkway to the venue and what they will see to tell them visually they have 'arrived' at the event."

Lesson 6: Venue Requirements

Discuss requirements and considerations regarding event venues, including room requirements, staging, audiovisual, lighting, supplies and questions to be asked and answered when preparing a venue.

Lesson 7: Guest Demographics

Discuss the importance of knowing the demographics of event attendees and how those demographics affect planning.

Lesson 8: Food and Beverage

Explore various themes that impact food and beverage decisions, considerations that are essential for food and beverage decisions, menu planning, staffing and donations.

Lesson 9: Additional Considerations for Event Planning

Discuss aspects of event planning you can use to stand out from the crowd.


Participants have 12 months to complete this self-paced course.

System Requirements:

  • Internet Connectivity Requirements:
    • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:

  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • Microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.

Software Requirements:

  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.

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Section Title
Event Planner Career Prep (Online)
Jul 01, 2023 to Jun 30, 2025
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $1,545.00