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Corporate Event Planning (S.M.A.R.T.)

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  • Ready to take a Corporate Event Planning course? Explore upcoming courses below.
  • To request a syllabus, or to learn more about our hospitality offerings, please contact cdraper2@vcu.edu.

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Course fee: $999
Where: Online, self-paced (students have six months to complete)

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February 18-April 29, 2021
Thursdays, 6-9:30 p.m.
Course Fee: $999
Where: VCU OCPE, 9 West Cary St. Rm. 101

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"I think I could concentrate better [in the online class.] I had that time I could really think--there were no distractions. I really enjoyed taking the class."

Marquita A., CEP

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Get started in the exciting planning industry.

Start your career as a corporate event planner with the noncredit Corporate Event Planning (CEP) Course, S-M-A-R-T!

Do your job responsibilities include event planning? If so, then this course is for you, and you can now choose an on-campus or online format. Corporate events span all industries and are planned for a variety of occasions, milestones, and celebrations. Corporate event planners are often responsible for the successful implementation, execution, and management of these events and more.

The S-M-A-R-T course covers:

This course provides detailed guidelines of how to:

a variety of events. In addition, you will walk away knowing how to execute events successfully and charge for services. 

In the certificate case study, students plan a convention for a health organization. In addition, students will complete 21 task assignments. eTextbook assignments, quizzes, and a final exam will be completed. Assignments - lesson-specific activities and tasks - are dispersed within each chapter of the text as well as in the assessment section at the end of the online textbook. While not required, a hard copy of the textbook is available for an additional cost of $99, and will be mailed directly to the address you provide at the time of ordering.

Also included in the on-campus class, if time allows, is a field trip to a local party rental vendor where students will have the hands on experience of going through inventory, calculating spatial needs for a venue, and how to size linen properly.

For students participating in classroom instruction, class time will be used when possible to work on assignment and task completion. Students in these classes should also expect to spend up to 4-6 hours outside of class reading and preparing for this certificate. Attendance, assignments- tasks, quizzes, and the final exam- are assessed to determine successful certificate completion.

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VCU OCPE is a university partner with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI), which was founded with the purpose of providing aspiring wedding and event planners with the best possible education.

Some VCU OCPE offerings are ineligible for waiver use due to partnership agreements. The following text will appear on the registration page: “*exempt—this offering is ineligible for waiver use.”

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