Event Planning School
Event Planning Class Overview
This online event planning class is designed to help you master the art of event planning, giving you the skills needed to succeed as a professional event planner. Learn how to ensure the success of any event, including meetings, parties, fundraisers, retreats, conferences and many other types of gatherings. You will master the fine art of networking, learn how to work with vendors and handle every need of your clients.
Throughout this event planning class, you will complete a series of projects allowing you to grow by putting your skills to the test. You will work with a professional event planner, your teacher and mentor who is there to review your work and help you improve.
Benefits of an Event Planning Certificate
If you want a career as an event planner, it's important to understand that the field is a competitive one, with hundreds of new planners joining the industry each year. An event planning certificate from an accredited event planning school will help you stand out from the crowd. While you don't need an event planning degree to get started, it is a fact that a proven understanding of how to plan events like a pro will help you find new clients and get hired.
What you'll learn
After completing the Event Planning course, students will be able to:
- Master the art of event planning and demonstrate the skills needed to succeed as a professional event planner.
- Explain how to work with vendors and clients.
- Ensure the success of any event, including meetings, parties, fundraisers, retreats, conferences and many other types of gathering.
- Demonstrate networking techniques.
- Describe how to execute various events at different stages of life.
- Overcome challenges of planning destination events, corporate events, and auctions.
- Discuss the guidelines of starting a business.
- Discuss how a website and social media presence can benefit his or her business.
What you get
- 24/7 access to expertly prepared online event planning course materials — lessons and HD video
- One-to-one feedback from a professional event planner as your mentor— there to help you improve
- Access to a team of advisors — available by phone and email to answer all your questions
- Up to 18 months to complete the online event planning course at your own pace
- Access to our student forum — an online community to discuss courses, get answers to your questions, and share your work
- 14 days to review the course risk-free — full refunds offered in first two weeks after enrollment
Event Planning Classes: Outline
NYIAD's Event Planning Class is designed to teach you everything you need to know to start a new career as an event planner. We are proud to be the only online event planning school to offer every student access to a professional event planner for support and guidance throughout the course.
- Unit 1
- Unit 2
- Unit 3
- Unit 4
- Unit 5
- Unit 6
- Reference Library
Unit 1 Event Planning Basics
Lesson 1.1 Welcome to Event Planning
In Lesson 1.1: Welcome to Event Planning, we'll start by going over the basic functions of an event planner- from different types of event planning tasks to familiarize yourself with to managing corresponding needs and expectations, this lesson will serve as a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of a potential career in the event planning industry.
Lesson 1.2 Getting Started
In Lesson 1.2: Getting Started we're mostly going to be talking about working as a professional. However, everything taught here also applies if you're putting on an event for a friend or family member. Whether you're working for a company, running your own event-planning business or just putting together a terrific event for yourself, this lesson will provide you with the skills to pull off an event from start to finish with professionalism.
Lesson 1.3 Jumping In
In Lesson 1.3: Jumping In, we'll start by examining the aspects that make up the initial written contract you'll draw up for your clients. From there, we'll explore the negotiation that often comes as a next step. Then we'll dive into budget creation as well as the process of finding and securing the right vendors.
Lesson 1.4 Personal Qualities of a Planner
In Lesson 1.4: Personal Qualities of a Planner, we'll dive into the communicative, professional and social qualities you'll need to develop in order to succeed in the competitive field of event planning.
Unit 2 Let's Start Planning an Event
Lesson 2.1 Time and Style
In Lesson 2.1: Time and Style, we will help you organize an effective time management system to ensure that you aren't stuck getting things done at the last minute. From choosing an appropriate event date to developing a coherent timeline, we'll talk about the most practical ways to work on a schedule. From there, we'll dive into the aesthetic decisions you'll need to start making as this process unfolds.
Lesson 2.2 Choosing the Venue/ Inviting the Guests
In Lesson 2.2: Choosing the Venue/ Inviting the Guests, we'll help you develop a routine workflow to use when working with clients as they develop the initial guest list for their special event. Once this number is effectively determined, it will set the subsequent stage for planning nearly every other aspect.
Lesson 2.3 Interviewing and Hiring Vendors
In Lesson 2.3: Interviewing and Hiring Vendors, we discuss the reality that despite the fact that you're seemingly coordinating the event overall as the main planner, there will unavoidably be other individuals on your team, also very closely involved in the process as well. This lesson will help you learn the right questions to ask when composing a productive, reliable team.
Lesson 2.4 Specific Vendors
In Lesson 2.4: Specific Vendors, we'll look at the role of all the individuals you might find yourself collaborating with down the road in the event planning industry. From floral specialists to pastry chefs, this lesson will prepare you to ask all the right questions in making sure your team members are qualified and trustworthy assets.
Unit 3 Fundraising and Corporate Events
Lesson 3.1 Fundraising Events
In Lesson 3.1: Fundraising Events, we talk about the benefits of adding pro-bono work to your portfolio as we review the best, most helpful ways to go about doing so. Fundraising via events is an effective enjoyable way to give back while doing something fun. From budgeting to sponsorship coordinating, this section will provide you with the know-how for doing so.
Lesson 3.2 Silent and Live Auctions
In Lesson 3.2: Silent and Live Auctions, we will discuss the best methods for planning these two specific types of auctions. From collecting item donations to establishing appropriate bidding increments, this lesson will provide you with the know-how to execute either type of event like a pro.
Lesson 3.3 The Corporate Event
In Lesson 3.3: The Corporate Event, we discuss the uniquely challenging task of planning a special event for a professional corporation. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to partner with any size company in an effort to throw the perfect event as a gesture to reward employees for a job well done.
Unit 4 Events for All Ages and Stages
Lesson 4.1 Baby Showers
In Lesson 4.1: Baby Showers, we dive into the details of planning a baby shower to accommodate the wishes of various clients. From scheduling a practical time for a party to planning a uniquely exciting gender reveal, we'll help familiarize you will any aspect of this process that a potential client may want your assistance with.
Lesson 4.2 B'rit Malahs, B'rit Bats, and Christenings
In Lesson 4.2: B'rit Malahs, B'rit Bats, and Christenings, we start by giving you information on how to effectively plan the first coming-of-age ritual in the Jewish faith. From there, we'll move on to discuss the proper planning techniques for baptisms and christenings. We'll also provide you with supplementary information on planning a variety of additional coming of age traditions so you're prepared to work with any given client demographic.
Lesson 4.3 Coming of Age Rituals
In Lesson 4.3: Coming of Age Rituals, we'll go over events you might have to plan for clients' children subsequent to the rituals we previously discussed. We'll survey the events that you as an event planner will likely have to handle for clients. These social events span a human lifetime, from birthdays to final memorials.
Unit 5 Event Planning Details
Lesson 5.1 Destination Events
In Lesson 5.1: Destination Events, we'll discuss the art of planning events at a distant location. From scouting and helping clients research popular event destinations to booking accommodations and amenities for all the invited guests, this lesson will provide you with the skills to seamlessly plan and execute destination events with professional ease.
Lesson 5.2 Gifts
In Lesson 5.2: Gifts, we provide you with some knowledge regarding the etiquette of gift giving. As a planner, gifting is a process you may become involved in or may be sought out for advice on- whether it's about gifts for the guest of honor, awards presented to employees or gifts given to the guests. This lesson will provide you with the best practices for responding to any of these questions.
Lesson 5.3 Beating Event Stress
In Lesson 5.3: Beating Event Stress, we're going to change our focus a bit and examine how you can help your clients deal with event stress. From establishing realistic initial expectations to avoiding awkward situations, after this lesson you will be prepared to handle all emotional eventualities with professionalism and ease.
Lesson 5.4 Planning an Event from Start to Finish
In Lesson 5.4: Planning an Event from Start to Finish, we'll check out an interview with New York City wedding and event planner Katie Berger as she walks us through the experience of planning a high-profile fundraising event. Throughout this section you'll gain some great insight on a day in the life of a planner as you see the lessons we previously learned applied effectively in real life.
Unit 6 Professional Pathways
Lesson 6.1 Starting Your Own Event Planning Business
In Lesson 6.1: Starting Your Own Event Planning Business, we'll dive deeper into the business-related intricacies of this field, and the opportunities in professional event planning. By the end of the lesson, you'll have a better understanding of how you can use your skills and creativity in a lucrative way.
Lesson 6.2 Marketing, Networking and Growing Your Business
In Lesson 6.2: Marketing, Networking and Growing Your Business, we talk about the most effective methods for bringing in new clients. From creating a professional website to networking within the event planning community, this lesson provides you with the best advice on getting your name out there and promoting a positive image for your services and personal brand.
Lesson 6.3 The Web and Social Media
In Lesson 6.3: The Web and Social Media, we wrap up the unit by continuing to share advice on self-promotion and brand image as we talk about the best ways to promote your services and work on social media platforms. We'll talk about SEO best practices and blog maintenance, helping you develop a cohesive plan for incorporating this unique advertising platform into your business plan.
When you enroll in NYIAD's Complete Course in Event Planning you have the option to purchase a set of physical materials to go along with your online course.
While we are committed to always providing the highest-quality online courses for creative professionals available, we recognize that many of our students would also like to receive printed lessons that they can keep on their shelves and refer back to anytime they like.
We have created a beautiful set of brand new physical materials, filled with all of the same amazing photographs and expertly prepared course content. They are available for purchase at a cost of $250, which is due upon enrollment.
These materials are not required to complete the course. Without them you will still have access to everything you need online.
Event Planning Program Tuition
Two Payment Plans to Choose From
Save 25% when you enroll in more than one program
NYIAD now allows you to enroll in more than one course and save money on the tuition of each! This applies to single students enrolling in two courses at the same time or multiple people enrolling in the same course together.
Try it risk-free!
Our refund policy gives you up to 14 days to review the course with no risk. If during that time you decide the program is not right for you for any reason, simply notify us and we'll refund every penny. No questions asked.
After 14 days, you can cancel at any time and you may be entitled to a refund based on how much you've completed.
That means there's no reason to hesitate.
Event Planner Training Online
NYIAD is the only school that pairs its students with professional event planners. You will learn event planning and have access to event planning mentors by phone and email. They will provide feedback on your work and help you improve.
Sandra Serrant has been a New York City based Events Professional for over a decade. She has planned, coordinated and executed a variety of events ranging from multi-day national conferences and fundraisers to large weddings, galas and other social events.
Jocelyn Didier Clisti
Jocelyn Didier Clisti
Jocelyn Didier Clisti has eight plus years of event planning and strategic business advisement. Jocelyn's endeavors have included creative and extravagant children's themed events. For six years, Jocelyn partnered with an established local wedding coordinator and contributed as co-coordinator and creative assistant. Jocelyn is also active in her support of small businesses and is an active advocate of Woman and Minorities in Business (WMBE).
Regina Cialone is the owner of Cloud Nove Events LLC, which is an NYC based event-planning company. She has executed affairs at many notable venues throughout New York City and Long Island including Central Park Boathouse, The Foundry, The Metropolitan Building, Kontokosta Winery, Bedell Vineyards and Oheka Castle. She has guest lectured at FIT and teaches at NYU.
Xochitl Gonzalez is co-founder of a successful New York-based event design and wedding planning business, AaB Creates, formerly Always a Bridesmaid. She also has extensive experience in corporate event planning and has been featured on the television show, Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?
About Our Mentor Program
The New York Institute of Art and Design is the only online school that gives you access to a professional event planner who will act as your teacher and mentor.
During your event planning training, you will benefit from a personal relationship just like you would get in the classroom. Our mentors are there to answer your questions via phone or email at every turn.
In addition, you will submit projects throughout the course which will be evaluated by your teacher. They are there to help you improve as you master the craft.
Event Planner Job Outlook
From glossy corporate holiday parties to stunning destination receptions, behind every gathering youll find a qualified event planner. A professional event planner works to ensure the seamless execution of any event.
Event planners duties include:
- Meet with clients to understand the purpose of the meeting or event
- Plan the scope of the event, including its time, location, and cost
- Solicit bids from venues and service providers
- Inspect venues to ensure that they meet the clients requirements
- Coordinate event services such as rooms, transportation, and food service
- Monitor event activities to ensure that the client and the attendees are satisfied
- Review event bills and approve payments
When it comes to career stability, you can rest assured a surplus of event planner jobs are waiting for you at the end of your training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in meeting, convention and event planning are projected to grow a whopping 10 percent from 2016 to 2026. This is significantly faster than the growth average for all other occupations worldwide. Not only that, the salaries corresponding with these new event planner careers are getting more and more competitive with time.
Average Event Planner Salary
Currently, the median event planner salary is $61,452, with an overall range of anywhere from $52,901 to $72,329. Since many event planners work on a freelance basis, it’s also worth considering the substantial hourly rates planners are charging in the current market. On average, if you were to break down the event planning fees typically charged today, a planner would make anywhere from $21 to $75 per hour- plus all the vendor commissions.
The New York Institute of Art and Design's online Event Planning Course will teach you all the skills necessary to become a successful event planner. Get started on the path toward a successful career in this exciting industry.