Certificate in Events Management (Online)


Program Description

Program Details

  • Program Code: 1835
  • School: School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
  • Credential: Ontario College Certificate
  • Program Type: Post-secondary program
  • Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters
  • Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Location: Online

Program Overview

Throughout the world, humans congregate, gather, and collaborate to learn, celebrate, and meet. This program will cover a wide overview of the event industry. You’ll participate in defining, understanding, and applying the elements involved in planning and staging corporate, social/life cycle, festivals and conference events, and the types of organizations that produce and present them.

By connecting with professors and fellow peers and through the use of independent research, group work, discussions, and experiential and work-integrated learning, you’ll examine management practices, including how events are designed, funded, staffed, and promoted. You can expect exposure to the planning and development of sustainability, creativity, sales and marketing, and budgeting along with the understanding of volunteer and team building. Among specific learning outcomes will be: performing an analysis of an event objective, completing an RFP, applying for permits, and comprehending by-laws, risk, and security requirements.

Instructors will guide and direct you to real-world learning opportunities, which will require you to reflect on how the experiences connect to course content. During these experiences, you’ll participate in work-integrated learning assignments, projects, or experiential learning opportunities.

You’ll graduate with an It’s Your Shift certification, an innovative training, and awareness program to prevent sexual harassment and violence.

It’s Your Shift Training and Awareness Program

The program will include an innovative industry training and awareness certification, It’s Your Shift. The certification will equip you with crucial knowledge and provide current resources focused on sexual harassment prevention and safe practices for intervention as a frontline worker or manager. It will support you, as you enter the hospitality industry, to become a leader for the prevention of sexual harassment and contribute to the evolution of safe and welcoming work environments.

The SMART Accreditation Program

Tourism HR Canada has honored Centennial's Hospitality – Hotel Operations Management two-year diploma program and Hospitality and Tourism Administration three-year advanced diploma program with its SMART + Premium status, which means the programs exceed basic tourism industry standards. Centennial College is among the first post-secondary institutions in Canada to receive the SMART accreditation — and the only one to have two programs recognized for demonstrating tourism-related programming that exceeds industry standards.

Feast On® Certification

Centennial College's School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts has become the first academic institution to receive Feast On® certification for its sourcing of local food and beverage products used in the academic programs and the School's experiential-learning foodservice operations. The Culinary Tourism Alliance established Feast On as a certification program that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario-grown and -produced food and drink.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible delivery - 100% online or in a traditional in-class format
  • This is the only learning operation of its kind in Canada that is exclusively for event management education
  • You learn from industry-selected faculty members who have years of experience

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • EVNT-701 Introduction to Event Management
  • EVNT-702 Networking and Industry Relations
  • EVNT-703 Event Sales and Marketing
  • EVNT-704 Event Budgeting
  • EVNT-705 Volunteer and Team Building
  • EVNT-706 Sponsorship Development
  • EVNT-711 Event Programming
  • EVNT-712 Creativity and Innovation
  • EVNT-713 Sustainable Events
  • EVNT-714 Risk and Security Management
  • EVNT-715 Communications and Media Planning
  • EVNT-716 Experiential Event Operations
  • EVNT-717 Site Logistics

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

  • Develop and implement financial initiatives based on event objectives through methods such as sponsorship programs, grant applications, and fundraising initiatives. 
  • Plan, design, and coordinate effective site and facility operations. 
  • Apply the principles of marketing to events. 
  • Apply strategies for effective human resource management to events. 
  • Create, plan, and implement effective programming for events. 
  • Apply accounting and financial knowledge and skills to the operation of events. 
  • Apply business administration skills to the operation of events. 
  • Apply the principles of professionalism and ethics to event management.

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Career Options, Academic Pathways, and Partners

Articulation Agreements

Degree Completion Pathways

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify to transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

  • Davenport University, USA
  • Vancouver Island University, BC

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Career Outlook

  • Event Manager
  • Festival Planner
  • Conference Planner
  • Live Event Producer
  • Media Event Strategist

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in any discipline

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Cente ... Read More

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements Read less