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Event Management Certificate

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Learn more about the Event Management Certificate program.

Apply for Candidacy

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

Professional Certificate in Event Management

Successful event managers are the consummate party hosts — planning and managing all details of special events. Event managers make sure that everything runs smoothly and effortlessly. A Certificate in Event Management offers the necessary tools and training in financial and legal safeguards, marketing and the business habits of an effective event manager. The program provides professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to organize professional meetings, weddings, trade shows, conferences, sporting events, and other personal venues. As companies push for more international business relations, the demand for event managers is expected to rise, making it one of the fastest-growing professions in the next 10 years.

Participants in the certificate program will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of event planning and management, as well as industry specifics in the principles of event management.
  • Learn about risk, contracts, starting and managing your own business, and marketing.

Who Can Benefit?

The program is designed for those who would like to gain knowledge, understanding, and hands-on experience in the event management industry.

International Students

If you are in the University Credit Program (UCP) you may take individual courses that have varying start dates but you cannot enroll online. You must enroll through your student advisor or learn more about UCP here.

Course Schedule

Required Courses (9 units)UnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
Developing and Managing Your Event Business3.0Offered Offered 
Marketing an Event Business3.0Offered Offered 
Principles of Special Events Management3.0 Offered Offered
Elective Courses (6 units)UnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
Corporate Event Management3.0 Offered Offered
Event Design and Technology3.0 OfferedOffered 
Event Fundraising and Sponsorship3.0Offered Offered 
Wedding Planning and Coordination3.0OfferedOfferedOffered 

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 15 units: nine required and six elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in nine months to one year. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost for the program is approximately $2,800. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

One equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of 4 units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts required.



  • Holly Chavez, Wedding and Special Events Planner, Fontana
  • Stephen Clayton, B.A., President, Soundskilz, Inc., Riverside
  • Mary Jo Gallegos, Accredited Bridal Consultant, and owner, An Affaire of the Heart, Alta Loma
  • Cheryl Lawson, M.B.A., Event and Marketing Specialist, Party Aficionado, Riverside; Instructor, Devry University Online, Riverside City College
  • Rey O'Day, B.S., Consultant, Wings of Fame Productions, Pomona
  • Alan Conrad, M.A.

Instructor Opportunities

Interested in becoming an instructor at UCR Extension? Find out how.

Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Advisory Board

  • Stephen Clayton, B.A., President, Soundskilz, Inc., Riverside
  • Wendy Dahl, B.A., Wedding Planner, Dahl Wedding Company, Huntington Beach
  • Mary Dann-McNamee, M.A., owner, Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators, Manhattan Beach
  • Mary Jo Gallegos, Accredited Bridal Consultant, and owner, An Affaire of the Heart, Alta Loma
  • John Goolsby, owner, Godfather Films, Riverside
  • Mary Litzsinger, B.A., owner, VP Events, Inc., Westlake Village
  • Carolyn Mason, J.D., Attorney, Law Office of Carolyn Mason and President, Grand Affair, Inc., Los Angeles
  • Karen Mohr Sunshine, M.A., Event owner, Plan It With Sunshine, Santa Ana

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273