Online event coordinator courses are offered through distance learning programs at colleges and unversities. Some programs include practicums or other in-person requirements, while others are available fully online. Although typically offered as part of graduate and undergraduate certificate programs, online event coordinator classes may also be part of degree-granting programs in event planning or hospitality management.
Graduates may find employment working for private planning organizations, convention centers, hospitality or recreation businesses, or may open their own event planning business. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted in 2012 that approximately 17% of event planners were self-employed (www.bls.gov).
Event Coordinator Online Classes
Listed below are the course descriptions of commonly offered online event coordinator courses.
- Meeting and Event Planning Class: Students learn the various aspects of event coordinating from initial planning to follow-up activities. Topics include pre-planning, initiating meetings, facility and equipment setup, travel arrangements and final review.
- Technology Tools for Electronic Meetings Class: This class teaches students the basics of electronic meetings for event planning. Students use computer software programs to participate in electronic planning sessions and organize meetings electronically.
- Meeting and Event Planner Legal Issues Class: This class introduces students to the legal issues involved in event coordinating and planning. Students learn when and where to negotiate, along with the skills needed to develop contracts. Topics include insurance, cancellation clauses, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and fire protection.
- Event Planner Project Management Class: Students gain an understanding of the complete event planning process from planning, scheduling and organizing to tracking each task. Part of this class has students planning an event from the beginning to final closing. Emphasis is on different types of events.
- Professionalism and Business Etiquette Class: This class prepares students for the various types of business settings and protocols involved in different cultures and markets. Focus is on cultural sensitivity, social and dining skills, proper etiquette and conflict management.
- Green Business Practices and Events Class: Students learn to plan an event based on green living. This class teaches students to plan and organize an event using 'green', or environmentally friendly products and services, including attire, invitations, decorations and location. The course focus is also on selling the idea of 'going green' to the client.
- Introduction to Hospitality Course: In this course, students learn the fundamental structure and organization of the hospitality industry, including the travel, restaurant and hotel sectors. Because event coordinators typically work closely with professionals in these hospitality sectors, coursework prepares students with an understanding of hospitality management, catering, product types and the industry's impact on a region's economy.