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Metropolitan Community College Event and Wedding Planning

Noncredit Event and Wedding Planning Certificate

Event planners, companies and organization are eager to take their events to the next level. Completing this certification will be a major boost, positioning you as a knowledgeable, professional and highly committed planning professional. Our Noncredit Event and Wedding Planning Certification program will guide you through core classes to kick start or enhance your event planning career. Upon completion, you will be able to take your career from coordinating to producing high-functioning programming. You will strengthen your communication, interpersonal relationships, fine tune the art of negotiation, enhance your organizational and problem solving skills.

Do you have creative event ideas that you want to learn how to bring to life? Do you have a knack for organization and planning? Do you love to play host to friends and family? Do you have a desire to be your own boss? If so, you can become an event planner.


Receive your Event and Wedding Planning Noncredit Certificate with specialized tracks in: 

  • Event Planning

  • Wedding Planning

  • ​​Event Design

Core Classes (required)

  • Event and Wedding Planning: Entrepreneurship and Management (offered in the fall)

  • Event and Wedding Planning: Event Design and Floral Artistry (offered in the winter)

  • Event and Wedding Planning: Event Budgeting and Financial Management (offered in the spring)

  • ​Event and Wedding Planning: Negotiating Event Contracts and Agreements (offered in the spring)

Elective Classes (choose two)
Various electives will be offered during the fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

  1. Event and Wedding Planning: Building a Culture of Creative Thinking       

  2. Event and Wedding Planning: Designing Event Backdrops  

  3. Event and Wedding Planning: Event Coordination and Production

  4. ​Event and Wedding Planning: Event Planning Business - Increasing Sales

  5. Event and Wedding Planning: Meeting Management and Conference Logistics

  6. Event and Wedding Planning: Wedding and Event Trends  

  7. ​More to come...

Empowered by MCC's education, students will have access to:

  • Extensive training

  • Industry-leading professional instructors

  • Cutting edge technology and supplies

  • Hands-on support

  • Choice of electives

​Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore career opportunities within the event industry, while identifying which one of the industry's pillars is right for you.

  • Design concepts based on event goals and objectives.

  • Describe and preform all phases of event coordination (research, design, planning, pre-production, on-site management, evaluation & post-event).

  • Recognize and determine solutions for potential conflicts and challenges that may arise before, during and after and event.

  • Learn about the financial management process for event planning, from developing a budget to analyzing return on investment. 

  • Gain working knowledge of menu planning, pricing, food and beverage trends. 

  • Apply best practices in budgeting, vetting, contracting and entertainment. 

  • Become skilled at handling venue contracts, including developing a comprehensive RFP, evaluating vendors and preparing a negotiable plan. 

  • Integrate AV into your projects for a better client experience.

  • Identify specific potential risks associated with and event and manage resources to mitigate those risks. 

  • Complete a portfolio that can be presented to potential employers.

  Growing Industries:

  • Seven tourism industries serve both local residents and tourists from outside of the county.

  • Attractions: museums, parks, historical sites, zoos and amusement or theme parks.

  • Accommodations and Lodging: hotels, motels, casino hotels, bed-and-breakfast and more.

  • Food and Beverage Services: food service, contractors, caterers, restaurants, cafeterias and more.

  • Recreation and Entertainment: marinas, rental goods, sports teams, clubs, racetracks, casinos, golf courses and country clubs.

  • Transportation:scenic and sightseeing transportation and charter bus industry.

  • Visitor and Travel Services: gift, novelty and souvenir stores, travel agencies and reservation services.

  • Events and Conferences: convention, visitors bureaus and convention and trade show organizers.

Job Market:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of meeting, convention and event planners is projected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Meeting, Convention and Event Planners (2019).