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Certified Wedding and Event Planning

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Upcoming courses

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

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VCU follows CDC, State, and VCU Health guidance for COVID-19. Check back for updates regarding 2021 courses.

February 16-April 27, 2021
Tuesdays, 6-9:30 p.m.
Course Fee: $999
Where: VCU OCPE, 9 West Cary St. Rm. 101

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May 19-July 28, 2021
Wednesdays, 6-9:30 p.m.
Course Fee: $999
Where: VCU OCPE, 9 West Cary St. Rm. 101

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“I’m a creative person and I like to work with my hands, and I do like to help people. If I can create something that will create a lasting memory for someone, that’s all that I need.”

Erica B. CWEP Student

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Start your career as a wedding & event planner.

In only 40 hours, over six months, you can complete the noncredit Certificate in Wedding and Event Planning (CWEP) program!

This intensive noncredit program, offered on-campus (temporarily paused) and online, covers all aspects of starting and operating a professional event planning business. Learn best practices, methods, and techniques to get started in the planning industry (with classes starting at $999).

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Class Overview:

This program teaches the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating and delivering social events as well as owning and operating a successfully wedding and event planning business. From weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and baby showers, this detailed step-by-step methodology teaches clear and concise formulas for detailing the personal and professional aspects of any social event.

Through these wedding and event planning lessons, you’ll receive step-by-step training in a blending of classroom and supplemental on-line education to provide you with the clear and concise formulas for detailing the personal and professional aspects of any social event. You will learn from seasoned wedding and event professionals as you prepare for a career in the wedding and event planning industry!

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have received the knowledge to test for your Certified Wedding and Event Planner designation.

The course fee includes the instructor, weekly mentoring discussions, online curriculum, online textbook, exam fee, certificate from the Wedding Planning Institute, student center library of resources, instructional videos and templates. Through the online student center students can also connect with other students around the world in discussion boards, messaging, blogs and individual online classes. By logging into the Lovegevity Career Center, current hospitality students and program graduates can apply for internships and/or job placement assistance. 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.

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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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