Program Model / Completion Requirements
Students will earn an Event Management Certificate with any combination of courses that total 175 hours. Event Management Foundations (EVMT700) and a Capstone project (EVMT 800) are the only compulsory courses required to obtain the certificate. Students design their own certificate with courses that suit their needs, interests and previous experiences.
It is recommended that students new to the field take Event Management Foundations (EVMT700) first as the best introduction to the program.
The Capstone Course will integrate all of the student learnings into a final project.
Students may also choose a stream of courses to create a specialization. These are a group of compulsory courses and a capstone project that is focused on a particular aspect of the events industry. Currently we are offering two specializations with the Event Management Certificate - one in Program Planning and one in Operations.
Students may include the core courses for either specialization within their 175 course hours. In order to receive a specialization students must complete the certificate requirements. Students may obtain multiple specializations once their initial 175 hours has been completed.
Program Planning Specialization (110 hours total):
- Human Resources Management (EVMT720)
- Writing Event Proposals (EVMT725)
- Creative Concepts (EVMT755)
- Venue Selection and Design (EVMT765)
- Food and Beverage (EVMT770)
- Program Creation (EVMT775)
- Creating Critical Paths and Production Schedules (EVMT780)
- Green Meetings and Corporate Social Responsibility (EVMT785)
Operations Specialization (112 hours total):
- Planning Strategies for Event Management (EVMT705)
- Event Marketing (EVMT730)
- Contracts and Negotiations (EVMT735)
- Preparing Event Financial Plans (EVMT745)
- Event Management Communications (EVMT760)
- Risk Management for Events (EVMT795)
We offer courses from other areas, non EVMT prefixes, that we feel would benefit Event Managers. In this way Event Managers can continue to develop their professional skills while continuing to earn credits toward their Event Management Certificate.
Once you have completed 175 hours of Event Management courses and a Capstone project you are eligible for an Event Management Certificate.
Continuing students will be able to complete their certificates under the same requirements as when they started the program. If you are a continuing student please contact Rhea Espanola, firstname.lastname@example.org for your next steps.
There are a number of external organizations that provide accreditation in the Event Industry. Typically those designations require industry experience prior to writing an exam based on Industry standards.
These are two designations that students will be able to pursue throughout their careers.
- CSEP- Certified Special Events Professional : Governed by ILEA, International Live Events Association
- CMP- Certified Meeting Professional : Governed by EIC, Events Industry Council
The EIC has recently certified several of NAIT's courses to be eligible for continuing education credits toward the CMP designation.
All courses are delivered face to face on evenings and weekends.
Event planners are in demand in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Employers commonly hire event managers to organize trade shows, conferences, meetings, milestone events, awards ceremonies and other types of events. Edmonton is a great place to be an Event Manager, check out this video by Edmonton Tourism. It's hard not to be excited about your options here!
Meeting + Incentive Travel Magazine published a 2016 salary survey. It gives a thorough overview of the industry. Their website meetingscanada.com is a useful source of information about the business events community in Canada.
Advanced Standing Possibilities
Students with 5 or more years of full-time industry experience may be eligible to get Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credit for the Event Management Foundations Course (EVMT700).
To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following
- Fact Sheet - Event Management (pdf)
- Candidate Guide - Event Management (pdf)
- Applicaton Form (pdf)
- Payment Form (pdf)
Use this checklist to keep track of all the steps you need to take.
If you think you qualify for this option, email Nancy Frederick for more details.
|EVMT700||Event Management Foundations|
|EVMT705||Planning Strategies for Event Management|
|EVMT710||Professionalism and Ethics|
|EVMT720||Human Resource Management|
|EVMT725||Writing Event Proposals|
|EVMT735||Contracts and Negotiations|
|EVMT745||Preparing Event Financial Plans|
|EVMT750||Technology for Event Administration|
|EVMT760||Event Management Communications|
|EVMT765||Event Design and Venue Selection|
|EVMT770||Food and Beverage|
|EVMT780||Creating Critical Paths & Production Schedules|
|EVMT785||Green Meetings and Corporate Social Responsibility|
|EVMT795||Risk Management for Events|
|EVMT800||Event Management Capstone Project|
|EVMT801||Operations Specialization Capstone|
|EVMT802||Program Planning Specialization Capstone|
|BFND605||Effective Leadership Practices|
|PMGT101||Introduction To Project Management|
|EVMT640||Special Events Capstone Project|
|EVMT810||Program Planning Bootcamp|
|EVMT820||Operations Boot Camp|