Those interested in learning about the many facets of planning a successful event, from venue selection to marketing and promotion, can earn a certificate in event planning. Programs often cover weddings and social events, non-profit fundraisers and conference planning. Some certificates are offered for college credit, while others are non-credit continuing education programs. Introductory programs may require completion of only two courses, while more in-depth programs may require students to complete 7-10 courses. Below are schools in six New York state colleges and universities with certificate programs in event planning.
CUNY Lehman College
Another member of the CUNY system is Lehman College, also located in the Bronx. This wedding and event planner program provides the required training to become a Certified Wedding and Event Planner (CWEP) with the Wedding Planning Institute. In addition to the creative aspects of wedding planning, the 10-course program includes coursework in contracts, negotiation, vendor management, marketing and business planning.
Fashion Institute of Technology
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is located in New York City and is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The Manhattan-based university trains students in the creative and business aspects of the fashion industry. The FIT continuing education division offers a non-credit certificate program for those interested in learning how to plan fashion-related events, such as charity galas, private parties and trade shows. The fashion events planning certificate involves 9 required module courses, some of which include fashion publicity, personal presentation, staging an event, venues and in-store events. Additional electives are available in creative business planning, social media, design motifs and bridal consulting.
New York University
At New York University in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a non-credit certificate program in meeting, conference and event management. Designed with a focus on corporate event and convention practices, this 7-course program has required classes in meeting and conference management, and special events management, as well as some electives in incentives, catering, international meetings, registration logistics and destination events. To earn a certificate in the program, a student must complete 7 courses with at least a B+ grade in each course.
Niagara County Community College
Located in the Niagara Falls region of New York in Sanborn, Niagara County Community College offers a certificate program in event planning. A destination for weddings and other events, the Niagara Falls area often has opportunities for those interested in event planning careers. The certificate program takes 1 year to complete and highlights event planning operations. Included in the 30-credit program are classes in business, accounting, writing and business communication. Students also take required hospitality classes in convention and meeting management, event planning, hospitality industry and hotel operations.
SUNY College at Oswego
Part of the SUNY system, the College at Oswego is located in upstate New York and offers a basic event planning certificate program. The program consists of 2 courses in succession, each being 2 weeks in length. The first course in this non-credit certificate program discovers topics such as hospitality, negotiations, contracts and logistics, while the second course covers marketing, finance, merchandising and non-profit event planning. Students must complete both courses to earn the certificate. Classes are offered at the school's location in Syracuse, about 45 minutes southeast of Oswego.
Wagner College is situated in the Staten Island area of New York City, and offers a variety of adult continuing education programs. One of these is a non-credit training program that helps students to earn CWEP certification from the Wedding Planning Institute. The program at Wagner trains learners about wedding etiquette, flowers, music, ceremonies, contracts, vendors and marketing. Students are able to gain real-life experience at local weddings and events.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Event Planning Certificate Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|CUNY Lehman College||4-year, public; large city||Certificate in Wedding and Event Planner||Individual course, $1,295*|
|Fashion Institute of Technology||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city||Certificate in Fashion Events Planning||Individual courses, $150-450*|
|New York University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in Meeting, Conference, and Event Management||Individual courses, $450-$800 per semester*|
|Niagara County Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Certificate in Event Planning||$4,923 in-state, $9,315 out-state**|
|SUNY College at Oswego||4-year, public; distant town||Certificate in Fundamentals of Event Planning||$8,440 in-state, $18,220 out-state**|
|Wagner College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Certificate in Wedding and Event Planner||Individual course, $1,295*|
Sources: *Schools' websites, **NCES College Navigator.