Event Planning Courses
Blackford Centre for Event Planning
Diploma in Event Planning
Want a career as an Event Planner?
Nowadays, there are more parties and events than ever before.
They can be big or intimate, happy or solemn, and for business or pleasure. And whether they're planned or last-minute, entertaining has become a feature of contemporary life.
What's more, guests expect parties to be more polished and exciting.
Some people host parties because they need to - to mark life transitions or to entertain clients or bosses. And some have parties just for the sheer joy of it.
There are the domestic events, such as surprise birthday parties and children's parties.
There's no shortage of events!
There's no shortage of events!
Not to mention the milestones: christenings, weddings, and baby showers. Plus anniversary parties, graduation parties, and even memorial services.
Then there are the commercial events. Companies need product launches. Cities and communities need celebrations and ceremonies. And stores need splashy opening events.
Plus there are political events, municipal events, and charity events.
In fact, more activities and occasions call for a party or event than you could imagine.
that means a big opportunity for the event planner - if you
know where to look.
Wouldn't you like to work as an event planner?
Imagine yourself, elegantly dressed, visiting swanky hotels, and checking out the food (for free!). See yourself approving the decor and the service, cool and in control, making notes on your clipboard.
Imagine being followed meekly around by a hotel manager. He wants your business, and knows you have four or five accounts - each worth a small fortune, and hopes you'll give his hotel the work.
Think of the bands you'll book, the orchestras you'll hire, and the fireworks you'll arrange.
Picture yourself at the nightclubs, restaurants, and dance parties. Imagine getting paid to be at all the "edgy" hot spots, places where most people spend their evenings waiting in line for the doorman to let them in.
And think about talking casually to celebrities - people that now you only read about in magazines.
This is a job where your sense of style and your common sense will be appreciated at last.
And when you collapse exhausted into bed after another amazing day, you'll know that you've created an event that your clients and their guests will remember for the rest of their lives.
And you got paid well for doing something you enjoy. For going to parties! Wouldn't that be a great way to live? It's a way of life that most people can only dream of. But there's a way for you to make it actually happen.
What's it like being an event planner?
Being an event planner is hard work. There are real skills to learn, if you want to be a professional. It will take time to get known and find clients. But if you're determined to succeed, there are so many advantages.
1. You get to be your own boss. No one is looking over your shoulder. No one can tell you what to do.
2. You work only the hours you need to. And it's certainly not a boring 9-5!
3. You can fit the work around your other commitments. So you can pick up your children from school, or spend time with your spouse. You can care for an elderly relative. Or just relax.
4. It's your business, so you keep the profits. The more you work, the more you earn. You're not watching the clock, and you're not working endlessly dull hours to earn money for bosses who may not even value you.
Event planning is very flexible. And unlike most businesses, there are very few set-up costs. All you need is a phone and a list of contacts - plus your own talent, enthusiasm and the knowledge that we'll teach you.
How not to start out as an event planner
Some people think you can learn from another event planner, by becoming their assistant.
Sadly this isn't true.
Most event planners are self-employed. And they don't take on more work than they want to.
So they don't have a need for assistants.
Moreover, they aren't eager to delegate work to other people. Because they don't trust others to do it right.
And they don't want to train someone else who will then become a competitor in their area.
They get deluged with requests from people who want to become their assistant. (So if you applied, you'd get trampled in the stampede.)
So the fact is - you can't learn from other people.
The good news is, that it keeps a lot of people out of the industry.
The course gives you an invaluable insight into the event planning world. You can't find these trade secrets disclosed anywhere else. The course is distilled from actual experience, to give you the answers to questions like:
What sort of people and organisations need events?
Where do I find clients?
How much do I charge?
What paperwork and record-keeping do I need?
How do I promote and market my business?
Can't you just pick it up as you go along?
Some people believe they can become an event planner all on their own. They think they can call themselves an "Event Planner", take out an ad, and wait for the phone to ring.
Unfortunately, that's not how it works. You need something more. There are the business methods you need to learn. Skills, techniques, facts. Event Planning is the business of serious fun. You'll need to study to do it right. So you have to learn somewhere. But where? Read on to find out.
When you study with us you'll access all of the materials online.
Once, you've enrolled we'll provide you with login details and the name of your tutor. And as soon as you have these details you can log straight into the system and get started on the course.
Is there a lot of competition?
Surprisingly, given the number of events that are held, and the growing number that are outsourced, there's little competition - there are really very few event planners.
Moreover, few event planners learn how to promote their business in their locality. Fewer still learn how to properly publicize their business on the Internet. All of this we teach you on the course. So you have a real advantage, a head start.
Your future as an event planner
And what an exciting life! You'll be mixing with celebrities (for many corporate events, an after-dinner personality is essential). You'll see the thrill of people getting married. You'll enjoy great parties in amazing, gorgeous venues. And each one of them will have been your inspiration.
You'll arrange all kinds of events, from small intimate ones - perhaps a weekend for a couple in romantic Italy - to major launches, with hundreds of people in tuxedos getting out of limousines, flash bulbs popping.
High pressure? Certainly - but you like that! Great fun? You bet!
Who signs up for the course?
All kinds of people decide to register for the course. But typically they are:
1. People who are good organizers. They are "doers", people who enjoy making things happen. They mostly have some experience already of running events, however informally. They're the ones who always end up planning granny's birthday party, knowing the right restaurant to take out-of-town relations, or how to get fliers printed for a themed event at the local club. They know how to have fun.
2. People who want to supplement their income by working from home. Many want to fit their work around other commitments, and to be in control of their own time. Some people do event planning full-time, some part-time, and some as an addition to their role as a full-time parent.
3. People who are creative, and fun. They're often frustrated with their current occupation. They have a feeling there's a better way they could use their gifts to benefit themselves and their families, and to make a contribution. Sometimes, after a birthday party or a dinner, their friends tell them, "You know, you could get paid to do this!"
4. People who want to make their dreams come true, and who need a practical way to do that.
What you'll learn from the course
By the end of the course, you'll have acquired the following skills:
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- You'll have learned the skills, techniques, and "tricks of the trade" of the professional event planner.
- You'll know how to confidently get profitable business.
When you complete the course
Once you complete the course, you’ll receive your Diploma. It’s the formal recognition you'll have earned of your skills and knowledge.
You can get a free logo to put on your website and your note paper. This logo gives potential clients added confidence in your skills.
We look forward to helping you succeed.
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