Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners are in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net Online, a partner of American Job Center Network, states the projected growth for meeting, convention and event planners is expected to grow 33% between 2012-2022; faster than the average for all occupations.
According to the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, our local hospitality industry, which currently generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue, and employs more than 70,000 people in the Greater Charlotte area is continuing to grow and have more of an impact on practically all businesses in our region.
Spring 2016 Graduating 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
- 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
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.
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 and event development, 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.
“This is one of the best classes I have taken. The combination of lecture and on-site practical experiences was the perfect balance. The instructors were A+. The insight I gained will be “invaluable” in my current job.”
Diane F. Hill, Marketing Manager, IBM Corporation
“Phenomenal program that has been well worth the time and money. This course provides such a wide range of aspects that come with meeting and event planning. So much networking and resources are packed into these four weekends, but could benefit you for years to come.”
Megan Pope,Enrollment Counselor, Gardner-Webb University
“This class is simply amazing! I enrolled in the course with absolutely NO knowledge of this industry. Now, after completing the course, I have so much information & have gained so much awesome networking contacts. I cannot wait to begin working in the field and after this course, I feel completely prepared! Take this course; it’s worth the money & you will learn so much and meet amazing people in the process.”
Cherral Mooret, Law Student
To receive your record of attendance, full participation is expected. Participants must be present at the beginning of each course and be in attendance through the duration of each course in order to receive the record of attendance. Credit hours will only be adjusted under extenuating circumstances.
To attain a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from UNC Charlotte, students must successfully achieve the following:
- Attend nine instructor-led courses in the program.
- Complete a minimum of 10 hours of event or meeting planning practicum experience.
- Also, we request that students NOT use their regular/current jobs as hours for the practicum.
- This is because we want students to experience more than one facet of event planning and management to get a more rounded view of the discipline.
- Complete 8 homework assignments.
- Prepare and deliver team capstone project presentation.
Upon successful completion of the nine Meeting and Event Planning classes, practicum hours, homework assignments, and team project presentation, students will receive a professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from UNC Charlotte Extended Academic Programs.