Event Management

Event Management Extension Certificate

Classroom and Online

Please note: All required courses with the exception of Introduction to Event Planning are now only offered online.

New! offered this fall Event Management classroom seminar series!

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Prepare for a career in event management with the skills you need to manage events of all sizes. Gain practical skills and professional knowledge to successfully organize, promote and execute any type of event.

CE Logo - Event - ISES MemberThe Event Management program is a recognized member of the International Special Events Society (ISES).


  • Prepare to become a professional event manager
  • Enhance your job or volunteer responsibilities for planning and organizing events
  • Earn a professional credential
  • Learn to plan weddings and other social events

Program Format

  • Complete the 7 required courses (174 hours)
  • Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years

Earn Credit Toward a Degree/Diploma
This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Business and Professional Education cebusiness@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6861.

Program Notes

  • We strongly recommend completion of Introduction to Event Planning before beginning any other courses.
  • You must complete all of the first 6 courses in order to begin the Event Management: Final Project. Please ensure you meet all requirements before registering.
  • Check the technical requirements for using the Blackboard online learning platform before registering.
  • The listed online course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
  • A grade 12 level of written and spoken English is strongly recommended to successfully complete the requirements of this certificate.
  • Intermediate skills in MS Word, Excel and Windows are strongly recommended In order to succeed in this program.

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Required Courses
Recommended Order
Fall '15
Winter '16
Spring' 16
Introduction to Event Planning
Resource Management
for Event Planning
Event Logistics
Event Risk Management
Event Marketing
Event Production
Event Management: Final Project
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Required Courses

Recommended order

Introduction to Event Planning
Be introduced to the art and science of event management in this overview of the certificate program. Gain an overview of the event industry and its associations and designations. Discuss various types of events, the 5-phase approach to event planning and the core competencies of event planners.

Subject code: XEVT 10011 15 Hours. Fee: $239 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 50041
Online May 2-24    
CRN 50062
5 classes May 3-17 6:30-9:30 pm Tue., Thu.
CRN 50654 2 classes Jun. 2-3 8:30 am-5 pm Thu., Fri.

Resource Management for Event Planning
Event planning involves awareness of who the intended audience is, what the event consists of, where and when the event is held and why the event is being held. Clearly comprehending the goals and objectives of the event and the needs and desires of the stakeholders provides a basis for ongoing decision-making and successful management of the event.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20001 30 Hours. Fee: $365 Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 50040 Online May 2-Jun. 13    

Event Logistics
Event logistics provide the opportunity to plan how attendees get to the event, what they do at the event and how they leave the event. Managing the logistics of multiple components of the event requires organizational skills and the ability to attend to detail while maintaining the big picture.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20002 30 Hours. Fee: $365 Choose 1 of the CRNs below 
CRN 50064 Online May 2-Jun. 13    

Event Risk Management    
Identify the best ways of preventing and reducing loss to ensure that your event is conducted in the safest possible manner. Find out about permits, licenses and insurance, legal issues and bylaws, contract negotiation, protocol, and national and international considerations. Effective planning can and does reduce risk.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20003 30 Hours. Fee: $365  Not offered this semester

Event Marketing
The success of your event is measured by the participation of its target audience. Effective event marketing includes strategy, timing and evaluation components, all critical to the event’s success. Differentiate between revenue-generating, fundraising, cost-recovery and marketing events. Develop a comprehensive event marketing plan, and identify and develop sponsorship opportunities.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20004 30 Hours. Fee: $365  Choose 1 of the CRNs below 
CRN 50098 Online May 9-Jun. 20    

Event Production   
Event production requires the involvement of a variety of experts, including sound, lighting, special effects, audiovisual and more. Differentiate between an event timeline, a production schedule and production scripts. Acquire an understanding of common terminology and learn to assess technical requirements in order to have meaningful negotiations, discussions and event execution with all vendors.
Recommended prerequisites: Previous 5 Event Management courses

Subject code: XEVT 20005 30 Hours. Fee: $365  Choose 1 of the CRNs below 
CRN 50122 Online May 9-Jun. 20    

Event Management: Final Project
Review and apply the concepts, elements and processes of event planning. Use real-life examples to integrate your knowledge of the multiple components of successful events. Each student is required to submit a final project outlining specific components of a detailed event plan.
Recommended prerequisites: Previous 6 Event Management courses

Subject code: XEVT 20006 9 Hours. Fee: $305  
CRN 50063
Online May. 30-Jun. 27    


Course Materials

Once registered, you will access your course materials online. You will gain access to the Blackboard class website within 4 working days before the start date of the course. At that time, you will receive a welcome e-mail with instructions on how to log in. Please provide a current e-mail address when you register.

Once you have downloaded your course materials, please bring them to class on a laptop, iPad or other tablet, or a printed paper copy.

Student Testimonials

“I feel like this certificate program will give me an advantage over other job applicants.”-Kim Valleau

“This course was exactly what I needed to understand the event management industry. It helped me evaluate my skills and understand that a linear approach is not necessary, an integrated approach is how it is done.”-Desiree Haight

“This course was great for getting a taste of what the event industry is all about. It is informative for those new to event planning, but also seemed to be useful for those already active in event planning type careers.”-Aaron Blair

“This course was a great starter to the overall program. It was informative and by no means overwhelming. My instructor was knowledgeable, friendly and outgoing towards my newfound career path and continued education.”-Brittany Rondeau

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Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6013 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB   T3E 6K6

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