A female student of the Event Management Online Certificate Program carrying around her study material

Event Management Certificate


  • Program Length 
    1 Year
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Online

If you’re a people person and love the challenge of working in a fast-paced, creative industry, VIU’s Event Management Certificate can get you started on your path to a rewarding career. Study event planning in this part-time one-year online program, which many students complete while they are working.

An event planning career is full of variety, with opportunities to work in a company, launch a small business, or contract to agencies or organizations seeking this important skill set. It’s a detail-oriented career, where you can apply your organizational and problem-solving skills as a certified special events professional.

The Event Management Certificate Program

Part-time over 3 semesters

Develop skills for the exciting and growing industry of special events. Event management skills are needed in a wide range of sectors: tourism, recreation, arts and culture, sports, fundraising, corporate marketing, non-profit organizations, and more.

The program prepares graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to plan and manage festivals and events, with an emphasis on the tourism and recreation sector. It provides an opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to work in event management, as well as providing professional development and credentialing for those already working in this field.

The program was developed jointly by Vancouver Island University and Thompson Rivers University, and is offered completely online.

 

Credits

CONV 101 - (Introduction to Tourism)

3

CONV 102 - (Introduction to Special Events Management)

3

CONV 103 - (Celebrating Community and Culture)

3

CONV 104 - (Event Volunteer Management)

3

CONV 105 - (Event Law and Risk Management)

3

CONV 106 - (Event Marketing)

3

Total Credits

18

Further Studies

Students interested in continuing their studies, may be interested in our Tourism Studies or Recreation & Sport Management Diploma programs.

Completion Requirements

Students are eligible for a Certificate in Events Management upon completion of all coursework (6 courses) with a minimum grade of 50% in each course.

CONTINUING REQUIREMENTS/MINIMUM SESSIONAL GRADE POINT AVERAGE

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.33 (C+) in order to qualify for work placement activities.

Students must maintain an average "C+" grade and must perform satisfactorily in work placement activities in order to graduate. 

Updated 
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Notes on Admission

  • This program is offered exclusively online.
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Graduates of the Event Management Certificate program will possess the skills required by the event management industry, applicable to event planning and management in public, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Employment opportunities include organizing and planning conferences and conventions, sports and recreation events, tourism events, festivals, arts and culture events, and corporate events. Graduates may become self-employed as contractors, or they may be hired by charitable organizations, trade and professional associations, convention and conference centres, governments, or conference and event planning companies.

Employment growth is expected in the events management sector as a result of increasing tourism in BC and the development of new facilities throughout BC which provide increased capacity to host major events.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - 18 credits

Amount

Tuition (18 credits x $156.80 per credit)

2,822.40

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

112.90

Student Services fee (18 credits x $6.93 per credit)

124.74

VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $20.90 per month)

250.80

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

800.00

Total

4,110.84

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - 18 credits

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

800.00

Total

19,421.00

Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on a maximum of 15 credits at $725.00 per credit, up to a maximum of $8,700.00 per semester for 12-15 credits; $725.00 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on a maximum of 15 credits at $32.45 per credit, up to a maximum of $389.40 per semester for 12-15 credits; $32.45 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

New courses are offered each September, January and April so that all available courses are offered at least once per year. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no application deadline, but courses fill quickly so please register early to be considered for the next available intake.

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Next Intake(s)
  • January 6, 2021

Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Helene Viau
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2040
Email: Helene.Viau@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Amanda Johnson
Phone: 250-740-6548
Email: Amanda.Johnson@viu.ca

International Admissions Officer Contact

Name: Yuzo Ishida
Email: worldviu@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

One month before the program starts.

Comments

This program is delivered online with scheduled assignments and exams. It is not a self-paced delivery. Once accepted, students will be invited to the next available program start date.

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