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Event Planner

The Event Planner program at Vancouver Career College introduces students to all aspects of the special events industry and covers the tasks and processes related to successful event production and management. Student membership with the local chapter of the International Special Events Society of Canada (ISES) is also included.
Event planners are responsible for creative design, planning and execution of special events. Event managers hold key roles supervising décor teams, lighting and audio technicians, and volunteers, as well as responsibilities for budgets and financial management, resource planning, contracts and negotiations, and human resources management. From weddings and conferences to outdoor festivals, black-tie galas and rock concerts, event planners are front and centre, making sure everything goes off without a hitch.
Earn the skills you need to become a successful event planner at Vancouver Career College.


Admission Requirements

High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status**.

*From an English language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass college’s admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

  • Conference and Meeting Planner     
  • Staging Technician     
  • Conference Services Officer     
  • Event Planner     
  • Meeting Planner     
  • Special Events Producer     
  • Trade Show Planner

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Program Courses
Topical coverage includes First Aid and CPR training (earn certification), WHMIS training and certification (WorkSafe BC).
EVMO101 / Introduction to Event Planning
This course introduces the field of event planning. Students will gain insight into the typical duties of an Event Planner as well as everything the special events professional needs to manage events of all kinds – from small parties to big corporate events. It covers every technique and tactic in the event planner’s skill set including design, project management, site selection and development, safety and security, food and beverage service, and entertainment.
EVMO190 / Event Entertainment and Production
This module includes a comprehensive overview everything from how to assess the client’s need for entertainment at an event to hiring the talent and coordinating the production details.
EVMO150 / Supervision and Human Resources Management
This course helps supervisors hit the ground running with the skills they'll learn in this course. They will be prepared to juggle with expectations of management, customers, employees, and governmental agencies.
EVMO180 / Risk Management and Safety
Every event is subject to possible risk. This module will explore some of the potential risks that may impact an event. The focus will be on the management of the risk through compliance with legislation, sticking to the risk management plan and the implementation of a contingency plan.
EVMO130 / Sales, Marketing, and Ticketing
Marketing an event goes beyond simple advertisement of the event. In order to properly market an event, the event manager needs to know and understand the needs and expectations of the customer and how the event can meet and exceed those needs and expectations. The key to this success is doing the proper research and then developing an appropriate marketing plan to ensure that all needs and expectations are addressed. In this course, the student will learn how to develop a marketing plan and marketing strategies that can sell an event and create an excitement around an event.
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
EVMO170 / Design and Decor
This course focuses on the visual experience of an event, it will give you ideas on how to set the stage, from decor, lighting, floral arrangements to menus. By giving examples of different events it will spark your imagination and get you excited about your job as an event planner. Step by step you will be taken through the whole process of planning and coordinating an event.
EVMO140 / Event Sponsorship
In this course, we will be looking at the definition of commercial sponsorship and how to stage a sponsored event as well as how to attract, sign, and keep sponsorship for any event.
BF1O / Bookkeeping & Financial Accounting Level I
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of accounting as a device for reporting business activity. It provides the student with an understanding of the underlying theory and principles of accounting. The construction of financial statements as they evolve from business transactions and records is emphasized using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements.
BCA4 / Business Computer Applications
The first component of this course is designed to introduce students to basic computer literacy through familiarization with the components that make up a computer. Students will also look at the Windows operating system to learn how to manage a computer on a regular basis. The second component of this course will teach the basic skills required to work with a variety of business documents including the following MS Office Products Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The third and final component is designed to introduce students to considerations for living online. Students will look at what the Internet is and how email has made a huge impact on communicating with others, as well as look at how to find information on the Internet and avoid risk to personal security while online.
CES4 / Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.
EVMO120 / Food, Beverage, and Catering Services
To succeed in today’s competitive and sophisticated on-premise catering market, event and catering professionals must be versed in a number of business and HR skills, from basic accounting and marketing principles to working with intermediaries and suppliers. This module not only covers this but also new trends like online and social media marketing, effective menu writing, developing proposals, setting up function spaces, pricing meal functions and staffing.
EVM110 / Computer-Aided Design for Events
For professional event planners, the newest technology is used to manage and plan their business. In this course, event design, sales, and strategic meetings management software are introduced and applied, as well as throughout the program.
EVMO160 / Convention Management and Exhibits
This course provides the students with the most current and comprehensive coverage of the convention industry, with an in-depth look at conventions and meetings marketing, how to successfully sell to groups, and how to service their business after the sale. The course offers expanded coverage of key industry trends, including the greening of meetings, new technology applications, social media, and the popularity of second-tier cities. The course has an significant global perspective with international examples from Canada, Asia, and Europe. Additional coverage includes a self-contained module in exhibit marketing leading to managing an exhibit booth in the Event Staging Project module.
EVMO200 / Destination Management
Based on Destination Marketing Association International, this course is the first comprehensive course covering the basic functions of the contemporary convention and visitors bureau. Based on contributions by internationally-recognized experts, students are offered professional insights into key issues related to destination management and marketing. Global in scope, the course explores destination management and DMCs around the world.
EVMO100 / Event Business Communications
Students will learn a variety of communication methods for the modern business office. Topics include written and oral communications, grammar, spelling and the communication process. Students will practice these elements by role-playing and through case studies.
EVMP199 / Event Production Projects I-V
The student will integrate all the skills acquired throughout the program to five projects – both individual and group – that are scheduled throughout the entire program. Students will be provided with a choice of events to plan and stage, occurring inside the campus or controlled events of the college. Students will then proceed to apply their knowledge and skills to plan and stage the events, such as cultural events, open houses, meetings, competitions, and student activities.
EVMP299 / Event Production Projects VI-VII
As in Projects I-V, the student will integrate all the skills acquired throughout the program. Students will be provided with a choice of events to plan and stage. Students will then proceed to apply their knowledge and skills to plan and stage the event. This will include one exhibit at an external event (dependent on local events and calendar) and another event with a community- or charitable-focus with a local organization.
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