Corporate Event Planner

Do you have a knack for putting together great parties and events? Are you someone with great attention to detail? If so, a career as a Corporate Event Planner could be perfect for you. Learn everything you need to know in this Corporate Event Planner course including how to plan, design, and execute a successful corporate event, and how to charge for corporate event planning services.

Corporate events span all industries and are planned for a variety of occasions and celebrations. Corporations...

6 Months / 240 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES297

What you will learn

  • Interview new clients and event stakeholders to create a scope of work, including venue selection, floor plans, seating accommodations, timelines, and checklist required to insure a successful event outcome
  • Create backup plans and apply security measures
  • Apply event planning formulas to the rollout, setup and execution of any corporate event by implementing critical path methodologies, timelines, and project management best practices
  • Set budgets and service charges
  • Research the market to present a proposal of options to meet the event budget restrictions set by a client/event
  • Price services and incorporate additional fees for sourcing rentals
  • Document events and perform a "postmortem" process to encourage "lessons learned" in every event at every location

How you will benefit

  • Become a Certified Corporate Event Planner
  • Gain the skills to plan and design successful corporate events
  • Learn to execute any corporate event by implementing critical path methodologies, timelines, and project management best practices
  • Learn how to set budgets and charge for services to more effectively run your own business

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
  1. Introduction & Course Standards
    1. Corporate Event Planner Services
    2. The SMART types of corporate events
    3. Successful Corporate Event Planning
    4. Project Management
  2. Planning the Event
    1. Planning the Event and Setting the Budget
    2. Planning the Corporate Event
    3. Event Marketing
    4. Staffing and vendor sourcing.
  3. Managing the Event
    1. Management Fundamentals
    2. Scheduling Techniques Used to Enhance Event Planning
    3. Event Delivery Details
  4. Quality Control
    1. How to Set Quality Control Expectations.
    2. Risk Management
    3. Safety and Emergency Management
    4. Local Laws and Regulations
  5. Departure & Exit
    1. Create a departure / exit strategy
    2. How to Monitor the event outcome
    3. How to manage the unexpected

Monica Mowad, CEP

Monica Mowad is an experienced Certified Corporate Event Planner who currently serves as a convention services manager at Hard Rock International. She has over a year of dedicated service at Hard Rock International, where she excels in her role of overseeing and coordinating all aspects of on-site logistics for both small and large conventions. Prior to her current role, she served as a catering convention service manager at Caesars Entertainment Corporation for four years. Monica's passion for events and entrepreneurship led her to explore the role of executive director of events at Societygal, and she founded E3Xperience, a virtual/hybrid event management company, in 2021. Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rowan University and has earned certifications in virtual event and meeting management and creating hybrid events.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, you should have general knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and/or Google Docs.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Tablet owners need to download Puffin Web Browser App.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online:

  • S.M.A.R.T. Corporate Event Planning

Yes, successful completion of the course awards a certification as a Certified Corporate Event Planner.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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