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Event Management and Design

The Event Management and Design Online Training Program will equip you with the knowledge to advance in the field if you're already working in special events, or it will prepare you to enter the profession with an understanding of the industry. You'll build a foundation that you can use to build a career in special events or start your own special event business. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

This program is split up into two modules: Special Event Management and Special Event Design and Decoration. Each module includes multiple units complete with interactive presentations. Corporate events, weddings, parades, festivals, and more are covered. You'll learn about the practicalities of planning events and the dazzle of designing them. From permits to pyrotechnics, this program will teach you how to design, plan, implement, and evaluate special events. Learn to create spectacular special events with the Event Management and Design Online Training Program!

6 Months / 300 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Event Management and Design

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Event Management and Design Details + Objective

Course Code: GES402

You Will Learn
  • Learn how to run an event from start to finish
  • Become a master of time management
  • Understand how to manage other people, including coworkers and temporary event staff
  • Master creating contracts, obtaining permits, and meeting safety regulations
  • Learn how to set and work within a budget for large-scale events
  • Know how to calmly and effectively work with peers, vendors, and clients
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 300 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Acquire the fundamental skills to jump-start your career as a wedding planner or special event coordinator
  • Be able to run an event from start to finish while staying within your proposed timeline and budget
  • Develop solid communication skills and understand job-related terms that will enable you to work well with vendors, clients, and coworkers in the industry
  • Demonstrate to potential employers that you’re serious about a career in event planning by enrolling in this course and receiving your certificate upon completion

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Event Management and Design Outline
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Special Event Management

Understand the fundamental elements of successful event management. Learn about the administration, coordination, and marketing elements that go into creating and promoting an event.

Special Event Career Development and Technologies

Discuss special event career opportunities and possible room for growth within the field. You’ll also cover special event management technologies that help with storing data, managing time, and reaching out to vendors and attendees.

Ethics and Responsibilities

Define the ways in which you and your team will be held legally and ethically responsible during an event. Ensure you know how to receive the proper licenses and insurance for all events. Also expect to cover ways to remain socially responsible and how to reduce the environmental impact of your planned events.

Design and Decorations

Review best practices for ordering and placing designs and decorations. Understand how the size and location of a venue can impact the scope of decorations permitted inside.

Decorative Elements

Learn how to bring together backdrops, props, flowers, fabrics, balloons, and lighting elements. Understand how to coordinate event entertainment, signage, and catering services.

Types of Special Events

Go over the various types of events that you may want to work on. This portion of the course will cover corporate and social events, weddings, fairs, festivals, spectacles, and parades.

Program Details
  1. Special Event Management
    1. Principles of Event Management
    2. Administration
    3. Coordination
    4. Marketing
    5. Legal, Ethical, Risk Management
    6. Special Event Management Technology
    7. Special Event Career Development
    8. Corporate Social Responsibility and Greener Events
  2. Special Event Design and Decorations
    1. Design and Decorations
      1. Theory and Principles
      2. Practices and Methodology
      3. Impact of Venue
      4. The Business
    2. Decorative Elements
      1. Backdrops and Props
      2. Flowers
      3. Fabrics
      4. Balloons
      5. Lighting
      6. Entertainment, Signage, and Food
      7. Candles, Ice, Pyrotechnics
    3. Types of Special Events
      1. Corporate
      2. Social
      3. Weddings
      4. Fairs and Festivals
      5. Spectacles
      6. Parades
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Event Management and Design Instructors
Jim C. Monroe, CMP, CSEP

Jim C. Monroe, CMP, CSEP, has been a special events professional for over 30 years. With Jayna Monroe, CMP, his wife and business partner, and their team of designers and technicians, he decorates and manages events for corporate, community, and family celebrations. Jim attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, and received his BA in Speech and Drama. Then he attended University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH for his MA. He has been a Design Director and Senior Event Manager in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management Program at Richland College. Jim is also has been a member of Bill Reed Decorations Inc. and an instructor and scenic artist. He is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Special Event Professional. He was awarded the Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution of 2006, presented at ISES EventWorld, the MPI DFW Chamber of Rising Star Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from TxACOM. In addition to this, Jim was an active participant in the Texas Association of Convention Operations Managers, International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), Association of Event and Convention Professionals (TxACOM), and APEX Initiative, Terminology Committee, Convention Industry Council (CIC). 

Jim has several publications, which include the following.:

  • Convention Industry Council Manual, 7th Edition
  • Chapter 5, Continuing Education
  • Chapter 17, Support Services
  • Professional Convention Management, 3rd Edition
  • Chapter 22, Special Events
  • Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Special Event Design and Decor (Wiley, 2004)
Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no specific prerequisites for this program. It is taught at the college level and requires the basic high-school level academic competencies. Students should have a high school degree or the equivalent, basic liberal arts knowledge, and an understanding of and interest in different cultures. Students will also need a basic understanding of computers and must be comfortable navigating the Internet.


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP and later operating systems and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers. (Although Firefox or Chrome is preferred). Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 
    • Art of the Event, by James C. Monroe, CMP, CSEP
    • Special Events: Creating and Sustaining a New World for Celebration, 7th Edition by Dr. Joe Goldblatt, CSEP
Event Management and Design Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. 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.

What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
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The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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