The questions people ask us


Here are some questions that potential students often ask us. See if your question is here. If not, please email us.

How long...?

How long does it usually take to complete the course?

Do I need to finish the course within a certain time?

The cost

What does the course cost?

Does the cost include everything I need? Or are there any extra or hidden fees?

Can I spread the cost over a period of time?

Can I get my money back if I don't like the course?

When....?

Can I start the course at any time?

Where....?

Is the course all from home, or do I have to go somewhere and take tests?

I live in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada etc. Is the course suitable for me?

Contact

How can I contact my tutor or the Institute?

Accreditation

Is the course accredited? And by whom?

Is there an Accreditation body for wedding planning, or a governing body?

Will the course give me credits towards a degree or some other study?

Are the tutors professional wedding planners?

Can I get insurance to work as a wedding planner?

 

The work

Can wedding planning be taught, just like accounting or the law?

Will the Diploma enable me to work as a professional wedding planner?

Will the qualification help me get a job?

Will you show me how to find work?

 

Assignments, Tests

Is there a final exam?

What happens if I fail an assignment?

Can I submit hand-written assignments?

Can I submit assignments by E-mail?

 

About yourself

Can I join the course without prior experience?

Can I tackle the topics in any order I choose?

I haven't studied for years. The thought of returning to study makes me nervous.

 

The course package

Do I get the whole course or just individual modules one at a time?

How does this course compare with others?

 

After the course

Can a newcomer break into wedding planning and earn money?

Are there any restrictions on me setting up as a wedding planner?

     
 



How long does it usually take to complete the course?
The course can take nine months to complete. But you can do it as quickly or slowly as you want. That's the great advantage of distance learning.


Do I need to finish the course within a certain time?
You can take as long as you want. Unlike other organizations, we don't set any time limits.


What does the course cost?
You can find the cost, and sign up online, by
clicking here.


Does the cost include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?
There are no other costs or fees.


Can I spread the cost over a period of time?
Yes, you can pay over five months. But that costs 20% more. Click here for more information.


Can I get my money back if I don't like the course?
Just notify us within 30 days, and we'll refund your course fees.

Also, if after seeking work at the end of the course, you don't earn at least the cost of the course within three months, we'll also refund your fees.


Can I start the course at any time?
Yes. You can start today. Or tomorrow. Or next week. Whenever you want.


Is the course all from home, or do I have to go somewhere to sit tests?
It's all from home.


I live in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada etc. Is the course suitable for me?
Yes. We have students all over the world, in 28 countries. And we have two editions of the course. One is for North America and those who want to pay in US dollars. The other edition is for the UK and Europe, and people who want to pay in sterling. But we welcome payment in any currency.


How can I contact my tutor or the Institute?
There have two types of people you can contact - your tutor and a course advisor.

The tutor marks your work, and helps you with any problems. You can fax, email or post assignments to your tutor, whenever you want.

We don't give out the tutor's phone number, because a few people would spend all day talking to their tutors, who would never get any work done or be available to other students.

But sometimes students get stuck, or have an urgent query. If so, you can phone a course advisor at the Institute at any time during business hours. If you leave a message out of business hours we'll call you back the next day. You can contact course advisors as often as you want, and about anything to do with wedding planning.

 


Is the course accredited? And by whom?
Yes, we're accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council. You can find them at www.odlqc.org.uk. We're listed under Learning Institute, our parent organization.

We're also accredited by Public Eye and Better Business Bureau.

We are also registered with the Department for Education and Skills on its Register of Education and Training Providers.

NCFE Level 4 AccreditationOur Diploma in Wedding Planning has NCFE Level 4 accreditation. Click on this image to read more about NCFE.

Our course is fully accredited by NCFE, and on completing it you get a national award equivalent to Level 4 of the National Learning Framework (A level standard). NCFE is a national Awarding Body recognised by the Department for Education and Skills and by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in Britain. It has been accrediting vocational learning for more than 50 years and now works with more than 200 providers in the UK and internationally.

By studying for our Diploma in Wedding Planning, you'll give yourself that edge. You couldn't ask for anything more from a distance learning course.

Is there an Accreditation body for wedding planning? Or a governing body?
No. That means you don't need permission from anyone to work as a wedding planner.

 


Will the course give me credits towards a degree or some other study?
No. But it will help you set up and run your own business. And we encourage all students to continue their studies after completing the course.


Are the tutors professional wedding planners?
Yes, all tutors are working wedding planners. Some other organizations use college lecturers, which means you don't get th
e information from those who work as a wedding planner every day.


Can I get insurance to practice as a wedding planner?
Yes. We can recommend brokers or insurance companies in the UK and North America who will sell you professional liability insurance. If you live in other countries, we can also help.


Can wedding planning be taught, just like accounting or the law?
Yes. Only it's a lot more fun!


Will the Diploma enable me to operate professionally?
Yes. the course is designed specifically to help you set up and run your own practice. Amazingly, some courses, even at university, omit this all-important aspect. What's the point of learning the skills without knowing how to use them to earn a livelihood? We give you enough technical knowledge to work as a wedding planner, and we also provide detailed guidance on marketing, operation and finance to run your own business.


Will the qualification help me get a job?
There aren't many jobs in wedding planning organizations. This is because many of them are small. And when bigger firms hire, you could be lost in the pile of job applications.

The easiest way to earn a living as a wedding planner is to work for yourself. It's also the most lucrative. So in the course we focus on how you can work from home as a wedding planner.


Will you show me how to find work?
Yes, the course includes practical guidance on finding clients. You can also get additional help from your tutor or a course advisor.


Is there a final exam?
No, there is no final exam. The course is based on continuous assessment, through the assignments you send to your tutor.

And continuous assessment lets you check all the time that you're on track to succeed.

So you should look on each assignment as an exciting challenge. No, it's true! You'll enjoy them. Really. We promise you!


What happens if I fail an assignment?
You just do the work again! 80% of students complete the course without ever failing an assignment. But anyone might misunderstand the question, or produce an insufficiently detailed answer. So your tutor will explain the problem and ask you to send in the assignment again. and don't worry, when you do this, your work will truly be much better.


Can I submit hand-written assignments?
Yes. That's no problem.


Can I submit assignments by E-mail?
Yes. That's no problem.


Can I join the course without prior experience?
Yes. That's no problem. We make no assumptions about people's prior knowledge. The main thing is to have a passion for wedding planning.


Can I tackle the topics in any order I choose?
Yes, you can. So, if you want to tackle a particular topic, you can go straight to that module. This is useful if you have a job or a client that requires you to know about a particular subject. You might note that some other organizations supply only one or two modules at a time.


I haven't studied for years. The thought of returning to study makes me nervous.
Don't worry. We sympathize. But this course is nothing like your memories of being stuck inside a stuffy classroom on a summer's day with an old-style teacher droning on.

For a start, this is a subject that really interests you (or you wouldn't have read this far).

And getting this deep into the website shows that you can absorb information and concentrate for long periods of time.

Also, you'll see that we write clearly and simply. And that's how we've written the course materials. Some other organizations write long and boring pages that make your eyes glaze over. We promise you that our course is nothing like that. You'll find this course is informative and enjoyable. In fact, many students are almost upset at finishing the course. Like turning the last page in a thriller, they wish there was more.


Do I get the whole course or just individual modules one at a time?
We send you the whole course when you register. This means you can study any topic you want to. You can also see what topics are coming up. Getting everything in one package makes it easier for you to get an overview of the course. As we mentioned above, some other organizations supply only one or two modules at a time.


How does this course compare with others?

We think this is the best course in the world. Bar none. But please examine other courses before making a decision. Consider these points:

1. Is the course comprehensive? Does it cover all subjects, including budgeting?

2. Will your studies be supported by a tutor? Research shows that people succeed much better on courses that include a personal tutor. The tutor is your teacher, of course. But the tutor is also your mentor, and provides support.

3. Is it interactive? That is, do the course materials regularly make you stop and think, and do exercises? Too many other courses consist of page after page of boring lecture notes. A course should keep you active and engaged.

4. Does it teach you about setting up your own business? College courses are often weak on this point.

5. Is it accredited?

6. Can you get a refund if you don't like the course?

For our course, the answer to all these questions is 'Yes'. But check out other people's courses as well before registering. We want you to make the choice that's right for you.

So, how can I find out about other courses?

1. See if any courses are available at your local college or nearby university. But remember that they may not include real-world business information.

2. Scour the internet. But beware: many dot com entrepreneurs with no experience in the field think they can teach wedding planning.

3. See if you can contact a careers advisor. As they would be the first to admit, careers advisors know nothing about wedding planning. And the careers books they consult will probably suggest getting a three to five-year college degree in your chosen field. Which may (or may not) be a good thing, but it isn't an option for most of our students (many of whom already have a degree!). And a degree isn't needed for private wedding planning practice.


Can a newcomer break into wedding planning and earn money?
Yes, absolutely. We show you how.


Are there any restrictions on me setting up as a wedding planner?
No state or federal laws stop you setting up and running your own practice.

To keep you straight, we also provide detailed advice on forming a company, keeping records, and paying taxes.

Any other questions?
If you have a question, why not email us now? We could add it to our list of FAQs.


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