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Meeting and Event Planning Certificate

Overview | Scholarship Opportunities |Frequently Asked Questions | Enroll

As part of our Meeting & Event Planning Certificate, you will learn to identify key planning elements and available resources, define industry-specific terms and confidently design, plan and implement on-site meetings. You will also learn the basics of budgeting, site selection, staffing, negotiating contracts, food & beverage, marketing and promotion, legal issues and to always have a contingency plan. Each student will be assigned a group and will prepare and present a case study as a group. The class will participate in a site inspection field trip to 3 different Atlanta venues. As well, one of the classes will be a panel of industry experts from a variety of areas of interest to answer questions and provide information about their careers.

Application

In order to apply for the Meeting & Event Planner program, you will need to complete an application form.

Please click the link below to complete the online application:

  1. Application Form

Requirements

Students must attend 80% of all classes and complete and present a practicum at the end of the program.

Program Length

The Meeting & Event Planning Certificate program is 45 hours in length and is offered beginning in March and September. The classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

You should enroll if you:

  • Are an executive assistant and want to advance your career
  • Already plan meetings for your company or organization and need additional skills
  • Are organized, able to direct and coordinate large activities and looking for a new career
  • Are the professional volunteer mom that wants to use her organizational skills and attention to detail to begin a new career

Topics Covered

  • Key meeting planning elements and available resources
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Money Matters
  • Food and Beverage
  • Transportation
  • AV and technology basics
  • Site Selection/on-site management
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Legal issues
  • Confidently design, plan, and implement offisite meetings

Scholarship Opportunities

Larry and Joyce Lowenstein and Leslie Clark-Malzhan Memorial Scholarship applications

MPI and GaMPI Membership

Meeting Planners International (MPI) has extended an invitation to our students to become student members and to join the Georgia chapter. To join, please complete and mail the application. If you're interested in joining, check out this page that explains Why Join MPI?.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What do meeting and event planners do?
A. When a company needs to organize staff training, a board meeting or a social function, it’s a meeting and event planner they call to get the job done right. From organizing small intimate dinners to gatherings in the hundreds of thousands, meeting and event planners pull together the millions of details and are onsite to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Q. How will I know if I will like working as an meeting and event planner?
A. Sometimes, the only way to discover if you love something is to go ahead and try it, but, as with most professions, there is basic skill sets needed to succeed. If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, this program is for you:

  • Do you enjoy organizing, directing and coordinating large-scale activities?
  • Are you able to easily network and build effective relationships?
  • Can you manage a crisis effectively, quickly and maintain a calm demeanor?
  • Are you known for your extreme attention to detail and thoroughness in completing work tasks?
  • Do you enjoy being the leader as well as working with a team?

Q. Are there any prerequisites for taking this certificate program?
A. No. However, some business experience and planning of events or meetings will be helpful.

Q. Do I need to be licensed as an meeting and event planner?
A. No. A license is not required in order to work as a meeting and event planner. However, there are certificates available like the one offered through KSU that will provide a broader base of knowledge and make you more desirable to potential employers.

Q. Does this course prepare me to take the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) exam?
A. No, you must meet the following requirements to begin the CMP Certification process:

  • must have a minimum of 3 years experience in meeting management
  • must have current, full-time employment in a meeting management capacity (CIC will accept applications from applicants who have been unemployed for a period less than twelve (12) months from the date his or her application is submitted)
  • must be responsible and accountable for the successful completion of meetings

Q. Can I get college credit for taking this program?
A. No, the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Education is a non-degree program.

Q. Where do meeting and event planners work?
A. Meeting planners work for many different industries and employers. You can usually find work in an industry that interests you like healthcare, higher education, non-profit organizations and more. Planners working for corporations will plan corporate events ranging from small business meetings to large events. Trade and professional associations hire planners to organize seminars, annual meetings and trade shows. Planners also work within hotels and convention centers coordinating the needs of businesses and organizations hosting events at their venue. Meeting and event planners also work for specialized event management firms and as independent contractors. Working within this profession means you will rarely be in your office all the time. Planners must be comfortable being on the go and in a variety of surroundings as they travel to conduct site visits, attend client meetings, meet with subcontractors, and more.

Q. Are there any additional costs for books or supplies?
A. Yes. The required textbook is the Professional Meeting Management, current edition. This book may be purchased at the KSU Center bookstore.