Event Planning Courses
Blackford Centre for Event Planning
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Accredited Diploma in Event Planning
Want to be 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!
Don't forget the commercial events. Companies need product launches. And stores need splashy opening events.
Plus there are political events, municipal events, and charity events. For example, towns and communities need celebrations and ceremonies.
In fact, more activities and occasions call for a party or event than you could imagine.
And that means a big opportunity for the event planner - if you know where to look.
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Wouldn't you like to be 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 it's like to be 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.
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!
You complete the assignments and your tutor gives you feedback
We carefully evaluate your assignments, and show you how to improve. We provide advice that you can't get anywhere else, and we give you the encouragement that you'll need to succeed.
The courses are based on the real world. By the end of the course, you'll have met all the main problems that an event planner encounters. So there won't be any surprises when you face a client.
You'll also have two advantages over event planners who have learned "on the job". They have rarely been taught the craft in a systematic way (so they’re less professional); and they rarely know the full range of opportunities available.
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?
By studying for our Diploma in Event Planning, you’ll give yourself that edge. You couldn’t ask for anything more from a distance learning course.
How not to become 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.
You have to set up your own event planning business from scratch.
But that's OK, because you already have the experience, aptitude and interest, right? Otherwise you wouldn't be reading this page.
And you know in your heart of hearts that you want to be an event planner.
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.
So, what's the next step?
The best way to become an event planner is by doing the Diploma course from the Blackford Centre for Event Planning.
The course is entirely taught by distance learning. So you can study at home. And you complete the course at your own pace. You don't have to take time away from work, or family responsibilities.
Because we have low costs, and many of our faculty are home-based, the course is less expensive. And we charge just one all-inclusive price, with no surprise charges.
The entire course comes complete to you in a big box. Some students say it's a bit like opening a Christmas present!
In the course you'll find everything you need. There are the course modules, the Manual, and a Quick Start Guide. Plus everything you need to set up as an Event Planner.
A complete course
We give you all the tools and techniques you need. The course is crammed full of activities, suggestions, tips and ideas that you can instantly put to use.
We explain how to set up your own practice, how to launch and market it, and how to attract clients. You'd be surprised how many event planning courses don't cover this adequately.
Individual to you
The course is very flexible. You can start whenever you want. And you can take as long as you need.
Whenever you have a question, you can phone a course advisor or email your own personal Tutor. Your tutor will be a real-life event planner, whose job it is to help you, personally, become one yourself. Our tutors are enthusiastic working professionals who love to share what they know with our students.
This means the course is individualised and interactive (many other event planning courses are not). You do your lessons in the comfort of your own home, and at your own speed.
But you don't do it in a vacuum. You join a community of event planners. Apart from your tutor there are Student Advisors, current fellow students, and former students who've successfully completed the course.
How busy do you want to be?
Some event planners like to have just one or two events a month. Others choose to work all hours of the day and night. As an event planner, you can easily earn £30,000 ($60,000) a year.
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About the course
The event planning course is carefully designed to show you, step-by-step, how to become a professional event planner. It also shows you how to succeed on the business side. It’s structured to give you the right information when you need it. There’s comprehensive documentation and specialist support material.
Your assignments will be assessed by one of our experienced, dedicated instructors, who will be a working event planner. It means your work is reviewed in a friendly, supportive and confidential atmosphere before being exposed to the outside world.
The course is a complete learning package. It's crammed full of information, tips and exercises. Everything is beautifully packaged to provide you with your own permanent reference library which you can consult long after completing the course.
Constructed by event planning experts, the course incorporates years of experience, covering every aspect of the event planning market. Experience and knowledge it's taken others decades to accumulate - at your fingertips.
Plus we add the most common questions and comments from our students.
Having read this far, you know that you already have the talent and enthusiasm that's drawn you to this field. Now you'll gain the skills, business savvy and confidence to stand out. Taking this course will assure your success as an event planner.
"I was very pleased and relieved when the course arrived so quickly after paying my money as I felt like I was taking a bit of a risk. The material looked professionally put together and I didn't have any doubts then about having made the right decision to enrol on the course."
Student Success Story
"I currently work at a local golf club on reception. We have recently opened a 4 star hotel and since completing this Diploma I have been offered the job of Assistant Events Co-ordinator. I'm nervous but really thrilled as this will give me great experience in the events field."
Check the course benefits
Unlike other organisations, we provide complete coverage of the subject, and full service. For example, we show you how to market your business on the Internet.
Plus you can demand a full refund at any time within 60 days of receiving your course package - no questions asked. We want our students to be happy with our course, and with their future in event planning. Otherwise, what's the point? Conditions apply
There are 12 assignments for you to complete, and you get a free event planner's manual, not obtainable elsewhere. You’ll have unlimited access to your instructor, who will give you free advice and suggestions on anything to do with event planning, including your own work.
You can also phone a Student Advisor at the Blackford Centre whenever you want.
And you can take as long as you want to complete the course. Or you can complete it quickly.
Bonus 1. Event planning software (Value £94.99)
With the course you'll receive Event Planner Pro, a piece of incredibly useful event planning software (RRP £94.99). It helps you plan and record all the important details for your clients' events in one easy-to-use program.
The software guides you through the planning of each individual aspect of an event. With it, you can record your finances, diary and supplier directory. And for each of your clients, you can keep track of their contact details, budget, suppliers for their event, their guestlists etc. Plus it can generate a profit and loss account for each of your clients or for your entire business. Click here to read more about the software.
Bonus 2. Fully-customisable Marketing and Stationery Kit (Value £275).
This ten-piece kit gives you ready-made advertisements, posters, leaflets and even your business stationery. Just add your own contact details, and print them. Click here for details of the kit.
Bonus 3. Free mentoring when you complete the course (Value £460)
Once you complete the course, we’ll give you three months’ free business mentoring.
You’ll have a personal mentor who'll help you set up your own business (if that's your choice).
For three months after getting your Diploma you'll get one-to-one advice and support from an active practitioner.
So if you're unsure on how to launch your own business, this mentoring programme will put you on the road to success.
And because it's all part of the Blackford Centre's course, it won't cost you a penny.
Bonus 4. Read our Diary of a Professional Event Planner (value £35)
Follow the highs and lows of a professional event planner's life, as our self-employed event planner reports each week on her experiences in the field. You'll get insights into her day, and learn from her successes and failures. The Diary is available exclusively to our learners.
Bonus 5. You get the files for a free event planner's website (Value £385)
You’ll receive a free website for your event planning business. The site comes in a range of five colours, complete with sample text. It will save you a lot of money, weeks of delay and the trial and error that comes with designing a website. For more information, click here to see the free event planner's website.
Bonus 6. You get a free copy of Business Blueprints (Value £17)
This 47 page book contains complete step-by-step checklists for starting a successful business.
Click here to learn more about Business Blueprints.
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 organisers. 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.
The questions people ask
If you still have more doubts then read our Frequently Asked Questions.
What you'll learn from the course
By the end of the course, you'll have acquired the following skills:
- You will understand exactly what an event planner does, and be able to do those things.
- 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.
What does the event planning course cost?
The course cost is shown in the registration page. It includes all your course materials, and all your tutoring. There are no hidden extras.
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.
We’ll send information about your success to your local newspapers if you want. That’s a good way of telling potential clients about your availability.
We’ll put your name on our list of Certified Event Planners. This is a source that clients will use to search for a legitimate event planner. It's valuable exposure, and it could bring you work.
You can get a free logo (like the one above) to put on your website and your note paper. This logo gives potential clients added confidence in your skills.
It's time to get started
Having read this far, you've got what it takes - motivation. Fill out the enrolment form now, because this is where the adventure and rewards begin. It's easy to start:
- Register now for the event planning course by clicking here. If you need help or information, contact the Blackford Centre. E-mail or post the form and payment to us.
- We'll ship the course materials to you within two days.
- When you get the course, read the first module. It's laid out in an easy-to-follow format. Then do the simple first assignment. Send it to your tutor for marking. She will return it to you with friendly advice and comments.
- Do the same for the other modules, until you reach the end of the course. By then, you'll be earning good money as an event planner.
We look forward to helping you succeed.