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Event Management (graduate certificate)


Event Management (graduate certificate)

Event Management (graduate certificate)

Event management is a highly specialized field, requiring versatility and a high level of planning and production to ensure that every event results in satisfied clients and guests. This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to plan a successful event no matter how big or small.

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Program Description

This graduate certificate program is designed for students with previous education and/or relevant experience (please see the entrance requirements section of this page for more detail).

Event planning is a highly specialized field that requires a versatile set of skills including elements of the hospitality and tourism industry, business, public relations, social media and technology well as specialty fields such as culinary arts, photography and venue design.

You will focus on:

  • Creating, planning and implementing successful event programming
  • Planning, designing and co-ordinating site and facility operations
  • Effective human resource management techniques for events
  • Principles of event management professionalism, social responsibility and ethics
  • Development and implementation of financial initiatives based on event objectives through sponsorship programs, grant applications and fundraising
  • Accounting, financial knowledge and business administration skills for event operations
  • Strategies for ongoing personal and professional development

Event management encompasses a wide array of tasks and responsibilities and requires a high level of education where planning and production of events is concerned. Today’s professional event managers must possess the skills and experience that allow them to adapt to all types of events in many different settings.

Opportunities for employment are available in a broad range of sectors including charitable organizations; tourism and economic development; arts and culture; wedding planning; sports and recreation; meeting and convention centres; business associations; entertainment; municipal, provincial or federal governments; trade shows; hospitality and travel; community organizations; and the wine industry.

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Admission Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree


  • Three to five years of experience in a related field, resumé and references
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Field to Fork

The field-to-fork concept is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers. Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools. To capitalize on classroom and lab equipment availability select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Centre for Food.

The curriculum, faculty expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment required to implement this concept have been built into each program, providing students with unparalleled exposure to field to fork.

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Career Options

What you could be:

  • Catering and events manager
  • Conference co-ordinator
  • Corporate meeting planner
  • Marketing and promotion co-ordinator
  • Special events organizer
  • Self-employed catering and event planner
  • Trade show manager

Where you could work:

  • Corporate event planning department
  • Conference centres
  • Cruise ships
  • Fundraising organizations
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Regional and municipal governments
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$210$210
Total Fees:$4,201$14,373

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a placement in a professional event planning environment in the final three weeks of your second semester. Additionally, a capstone project will allow you to demonstrate your skills and abilities in a semester-long project, highlighting your organizational, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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  • code: EVMT
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College graduate certificate
  • Location: Whitby
  • School: Centre for Food
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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