Professional Certificate in Event Management

Professional Certificate in Event Management

Classroom Program


9-12 months


15 Units

UCR Extension

Ready to start your own event planning business? Or take charge of events for your organization? Maybe you want to explore a position abroad, given the rising demand for event managers in international business. Wherever you are, have a thorough understanding of financial and legal safeguards, and establish effective marketing and business habits so you can plan, organize, and execute a variety of events, including: meetings, trade shows, and conferences, weddings, sporting events and more.

Designed For

Those who:

  • Want to begin an event planning business
  • Have had or will have a position that requires planning and executing events
  • Organize weddings, birthday parties, or other personal events

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, or you can start your own event planning business. They might include:

  • Event Planner
  • Wedding Planner
  • Lead Conference Organizer

Program Overview


9 Units


6 Units

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. High school education or equivalent

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Principles of Special Events Management

MGT X463.30

3 units

An introductory course covering a broad spectrum of subjects pertinent to the planning, production, management and design of events. The Instructor will share and discuss numerous Event Case Studies, as well as invite additional speakers on specific subject matters. (Examples: Photographers, Lighting Production, Rentals, etc.)

Quarter 2

Developing and Managing Your Event Business

MGT X463.42

3 units

This course is designed to inspire you in making any event a memorable experience. You will be given the tools to develop your skills in building your event career by creating a small business plan model, collecting the necessary paperwork to start a business and developing your unique marketing plan as it relates to your target customers.

Marketing an Event Business

MGT X463.38

3 units

This course examines the processes of marketing an event planning business including traditional and social networking methods. The curriculum will include: creating and marketing a company brand, web design, search engine optimization, face-to-face networking, social web sites and pay per click advertising.

Quarter 3
“My real-life experience and passion has always been producing and managing events. I have spoken to organizations about buying entertainment, event layout, and labor. I have taught classes about food and beverage, tap dancing and best practices. I share real-life stories, include event industry guest speakers, and teach you to confidently learn to design exceptional events.”

Rey O'Day

Producer, Educator, Speaker and Consultant
Pomona, CA

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