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Courses held Tuesdays and Thursdays on the CSUSM San Marcos campus.  

Course Date (s) Register
Fundamentals of Meeting & Event Planning Sept. 17 & 19 Course Registration
Successful Logistical Planning   Sept. 24 & 26 Course Registration
Legal Issues for Event Planners  Oct. 1 & 3 Course Registration
Communication Skills for the Event Planning Professional Oct. 8 & 10 Course Registration
Finance & Budgeting Essentials Oct. 15 & 17 Course Registration
Food & Beverage Essentials  Oct. 22 & 24 Course Registration
Wedding Planning  for Planners Oct. 29 & 31 Course Registration
Independent Meeting Professional Nov. 5 & 7 Course Registration
Planning Non Profit Events 

Nov. 12 & 14

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Project Presentation

Nov. 19 & 21

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FUNDAMENTALS OF MEETING & EVENT PLANNING Program topics will emphasize what it takes to identify and establish a career path within the profession. Learn the foundational elements and strategic considerations needed for planning a successful event.

SUCCESSFUL LOGISTICAL PLANNING Gain inside knowledge of how to build a blueprint for success by understanding ROI, targeted questioning, staging, audio visual, labor, permits, and creating value for your client.

FOOD & BEVERAGE ESSENTIALS Effectively managing food and beverage for an event means successfully working with many variables. Discuss the management of food and beverage events including identifying needs, creating a budget, and working with a hotel or off-premises caterer.

LEGAL ISSUES FOR EVENT PLANNERS Review case studies and learn to minimize liability. Gain a better understanding of critical contract clauses, how to resolve legal issues relating to alcohol, food and beverage, employment disputes, and what to do practically and legally if you do not get paid.

FINANCE & BUDGETING ESSENTIALS Learn to understand, create, sell, manage, and live with event budgets, including how to evaluate your budget and provide solid information to stakeholders on return on investment.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR THE EVENT PLANNING PROFESSIONAL This two-part class will show you how to communicate effectively to peers and clients, outline and organize an effective project presentation, improve your style of delivery, and maintain the attention of your audience.

PROJECT PRESENTATIONS This is the culminating project, presented to peers and instructors. Projects will focus on planning a meeting or event from beginning to end using the information and skills learned during the program.


WEDDING PLANNING FOR PLANNERS Learn must-have skills and address the challenges of this fast-growing niche industry. Topics include bridal parties, customs/ traditions, music, industry associations, networking, bridal shows, PR, and more.

INDEPENDENT MEETING PROFESSIONAL Learn the obvious and not so obvious considerations for establishing a reputation as an industry professional that delivers quality events.

PLANNING NONPROFIT EVENTS Nonprofit organizations are often asked to accomplish the near impossible – create a four-star event with a one-star budget. Learn how to make the most of every budgeted dollar and seek appropriate sponsorship and fundraising opportunities to offset the costs. Acquire tips on how to find and manage valuable volunteers and how to stay organized amidst the chaos.