Event Planning Courses

Achieve your goals in event planning with our practical curriculum. Learn how to book hotels and catering, manage transportation, and ensure the satisfaction of every guest. Each online lesson brings you closer to your dream career.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Concepts in Small Business and Self-Employment

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowd funding and angel investors.

Lesson Group 2: Foundations of Event Planning

Introduction to Event Planning

The role of the event planner; sharpening your event-planning skills; why people hire event planners; typical services provided by event planners.

Making a Lasting Impression

The importance of professionalism and manners; conducting the first client interview; contracting with clients and vendors; event insurance and liability; the importance of developing a team.

Client Services

Creating a timeline; typical event styles and themes; event marketing and promotion; organizing and controlling the event; client review and service evaluation.

Lesson Group 3: Planning the Big Event

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

The event planner's role in determining the guest list; the steps involved in evaluating and securing a venue; implementing the event plan; the importance of documentation and record keeping; selecting and sending invitations; event management.

Vendor Relations

Different types of vendors that event planners work with; finding and interviewing appropriate vendors for events; reviewing samples of work; asking for references; saying thank you.

Hiring Vendors and Managing the Registry

Hiring appropriate vendors for events; the budget; the event menu; the event registry; methods for receiving and safeguarding gifts during events.

Lesson Group 4: Types of Events

Fundraising Events and Auctions

Organizing fundraising events; host committees and sponsors; planning live auctions, tracking auction items; announcing winners.

Baby Showers, B'rit Milah, B'rit Bat, and Christenings

Planning for different events, including baby showers, B'rit Milah, B'rit Bat, and baptisms, christenings, and dedications; the significance and symbolization of each event; what the event should entail before, during, and after the celebrations.

Coming-of-Age Rituals

Planning events and rituals, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceañeras, anniversary parties, and birthday parties, including sweet sixteen parties.

Destination Events

Determining destination styles; popular destinations for events; different areas to consider when selecting destination locations; planning and budgeting; legal requirements; important travel tips for clients.

Lesson Group 5: Setting Yourself Up for Success

How to Be Your Own Boss

Starting and running a successful; business; the business plan; research into other event planning businesses; the importance of business etiquette and protocol; continuing education; working with family and friends.

Marketing, Networking, and Hiring

The importance of marketing and networking; social media and other online tools; hiring reliable assistants.

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Program Description

Students will learn about the role and obligations of professional event planners and the techniques and processes used to design and execute a variety of family and work-related social activities based on client needs and input. The program provides instruction on the basic structure of popular life, social, and corporate events as well as the basic business and self-employment skills necessary to operate an event planning business.

Program Objectives

After completing the Event Planning program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the role of the event planner and explain the importance of the interview process in determining the budget, size, and style of events.
  2. Identify the various events associated with event planning, including birthdays, silent auctions, religious celebrations, and showers, and describe the processes that must be followed to successfully schedule and plan these events.
  3. Describe the responsibilities associated with planning and organizing an event, including working with vendors and selecting venues.
  4. Summarize the important business considerations involved in running an event planning business, such as financial management, business planning, marketing, and staff considerations.

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