As a strong CV becomes more important than ever, we take a look at some of the qualifications available to help further your career in the events industry.
As part of a dynamic and ever-changing industry, event profs are always looking for the next way to improve. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a key part of modern business, allowing you
to upskill and progress; reading articles, listening to industry podcasts, and keeping up with industry news are all forms of CPD. However, the more direct form of structured CPD involves active learning by taking part in industry-centred courses and receiving certifications which will remain among your accolades for life. If you’re looking to put another feather in the cap, take a look at these course choices.
The mia have recently announced the development of over 200 training courses aimed at all aspects of the events industry. All of the courses can be accessed online and completed in your own time – some
in a little as one hour. The courses cover a wealth of areas, including project planning, business growth strategies, a diploma in event management, and even recovering from a crisis. Each course is individually priced, with some certifications costing as little as £7.50.
Event Academy offers several Event Management courses, all of which can be completed online. The part-time diploma is run two evenings a week and is easy to fit into an already busy schedule. The diploma is a qualification recognised by leading institutions across the globe, including The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Not only does the course further aid you with the technical and logistical side of planning events, but it also helps to develop your teamworking skills, resourcefulness, creativity, and tenacity to succeed, all of which are essential in any event professional.
The Skills Network
Professional development doesn’t always have to break the bank, as shown by this Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning offered for free to those living in the UK and aged 19 or older. The course is completed online and is self-paced. Areas developed include marketing methods and resources, market research, human resources, communication, and customer service relevant to events. The course is comprised of several modules, including planning an event, market research for event planning, and planning human resources for an event.
The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service is a resource offering courses for professional development in a plethora of industries. For event profs, two courses are of particular interest: the MasterClass Certificate in Corporate Event Management, and the Certificate in Leadership & Management. The former aims to help you improve your skills and knowledge to upgrade the event experience you provide to clients, while the latter is ideal for those new to leadership positions, offering the chance to grow into a leader that people choose to follow.