Where will your event planner certification take you?

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Where Can Your Event Planner Certification Take You?

Are you bored to tears at the thought of sitting at a desk all day? Are you organized and outgoing? Do you have the stamina to work on your feet all day—and think quickly on your feet too, while you’re at it? If so, a career in event planning may be perfect for you. And we’ve got good news—it’s a highly dynamic career path to choose. To receive your event planner certification, all you need is your outgoing personality and a drive to succeed, and you’ll be on a very exciting track!

Optional step: getting that event planner certification. We’ve covered the pros and cons of event planner certification before, but just where can a certification as an event planner take you? We’ve got your answers!

Becoming Certified

Think about the next 5 years—where do you see yourself? Maybe you want to work in a big city as a corporate events planner, or independently as a wedding planner. Wherever you want your event career to take you, create a plan for yourself that outlines the path you need to get there. Does that path involve event planner certification? Should it?

Working from a home office for your event planner certification

In general, event planning is an unregulated industry, which means that you don’t need to become formally licensed to work in this field. You can start in an entry-level role and work your way up, but there are definitely advantages to completing proper event planner certification and there are programs available that will only take a year to complete. Before deciding, look into what kind of event planner certification might be right for you.

The sooner you’re certified, the sooner you can begin your career journey!

Congratulations—You’re Certified!

Once you have your event planner certification—whether it be an International Event Planning Professional (IEPP), or an International Event and Wedding Planner Professional (IEWP), for example—it’s time to get out into the world! These are two very different certifications and each can lead you down a road of possibilities.

With your IEPP certification, some events you’ll organize will include:

With this certification, you’ll be focused on parties and events, rather than weddings.

Corporate lunch event

Upon graduation, getting your foot in the door can be a challenge. This is where your stamina and drive come in—don’t wait around for your ideal job to arrive. Grab opportunities as they pop up. Don’t be afraid to take assistant roles at hotels or public relations firms. Don’t overlook volunteer positions, either—you’ll gain valuable, hands-on experience, and a chance to network. Who knows, a connection you make could prove invaluable one day!

If you earned your IEWP certification, you’re more wedding-focused. In addition to weddings, you’ll organize some of these events:

Wedding planners and event planners share many of the same skills, but wedding planners are much more specialized. If you’re certified as a Wedding Planner, you can specialize in fields such as luxury weddings, destination weddings, same-sex weddings, and themed weddings.

Putting on an engagement ring

Really, the sky is the limit!

Being Certified Has its Perks!

Certification as an event planner can open many doors for you, and this includes access to professional event planning associations and conferences—and often discounted ticket rates. Joining an association or attending a conference will allow you to meet other professionals to network and create brand awareness. It can also take you around the world for a specialized meeting, workshop, or conference!

Associations:

Conferences:

Oh, the Possibilities!

Event planning is such a dynamic career path.

As with any field, continuing to learn and expand your expertise is key to growth and success. As an event planner, you wear many hats in your role and are constantly using your creative muscles to execute beautiful events.

Dessert table at a party

Keep on top of current event and wedding planning trends by reading the latest publications—these can include magazines, books, and newspapers. For example, if the current trend in corporate parties is the use of photo booths, educate yourself on what is required to assemble them and how to acquire them on a budget. Or if treat tables are becoming more popular at weddings, become an expert at different varieties of these tables so you can make informed suggestions to your clients.

Do your research on industry websites and make notes for future events, and lastly, don’t be afraid to bounce ideas off of your peers. Expanding your knowledge base will allow you to grow within your career, and enjoy the possibilities that lay ahead!

Thinking of certification? QC Event School offers a number of online courses that provide you with the professional training, practical experience and industry-recognized certification you’ll need!

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