The UNC Charlotte’s Meeting & Event Planning Certificate program was designed to meet the needs of this dynamic industry. Every class features interaction among students and award-winning instructors, whose expertise and knowledge of the industry tools and resources, help prepare you to enter or advance in this field.
It provides comprehensive education, whereby each module focuses on a different component of event planning, resulting in a composite that teaches tactical skills and strategic thinking techniques. The content and instruction will help you stay on the cutting edge of the profession.
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Participants will learn how to:
- Develop needs assessments and profile attendees
- Develop goals and objectives
- Design and develop outstanding programs
- More effectively communicate and negotiate with planners and suppliers
- Create budgets and develop timelines and checklists
- Conduct comprehensive site selections and inspections
- Plan for security, crisis management and legal issues
- Successfully market and promote your meeting or special event
- Implement a Green meeting
- Plan and process fundraising events
- Wedding planning
All course materials will be provided electronically. Registered students will receive access instructions in their enrollment reminder emails prior to class.
- Strategic Meetings Management
- Marketing Events
- Designing Special Events
- Risk Management & Contracts
- Communication & Sales Strategies
- Fundraising and Non-Profit Events
- The Business of Weddings
- Trade & Consumer Shows
- Hotel Operations & Management
The majority of Meeting and Event Planning classes are held at UNC Charlotte Center City: 320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Classes will also be held at event venues throughout Charlotte: i.e. The Park Expo and Conference Center, The Morehead Inn, The Duke Mansion, and The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte. Each one-day class begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 5:30 pm.
"This program gave me the opportunity to follow my dream of being an event planner. Because of participating in this program I was given a volunteer opportunity that lead to a new career/job! It opened so many doors and was 110% worth it!"
Jody Young, Sales Coordinator
"It was a pleasure to receive the wealth of knowledge and resources from local and national experts in the Event and Meeting Planning industry, in all areas necessary to succeed in this field! Thank you for such a wonderful learning experience."
Portia Kee, Events Manager
"This was an excellent program. It provided a great overview of all of the various aspects of meeting and event planning. The instructors brought real world knowledge and experience that contributed exceptional value to the entire program – definitely worth it."
Amber Ernst, Events and Marketing Manager
Am I certified as a CMP after completing this certificate program?
No, UNC Charlotte does not provide the certification. Certification requires sitting for the national exam. If you would like information on the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification exam, please visit the Convention Industry Council's website at: http://www.conventionindustry.org/. Our certificate meets the continuing education requirements to qualify to sit for the CMP Exam. Please see the Convention Industry Council's website for the complete list of exam eligibility requirements.
Books are included in the cost of the program. However, please allow a week delay on receiving textbooks if registering less than two weeks before the start date of the program.
PrerequisitesThe UNC Charlotte Certificate Program in Meeting and Event Planning is designed for new and aspiring meeting and event managers, travel agents, and hoteliers, as well as those considering a career change. It is a basic-to-intermediate level program which is particularly appropriate where basic skills and concepts are provided -- yet more experienced professionals may wish to enroll to learn about new trends and advances in the industry and to earn the credential. As such there are no prerequisites to take the program.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Meeting and Event Planning Certificate : Required