Launch your career in events! Registration open for Fall I Term!

Special Events Institute offers self-paced Specialty Courses and a year-long online Five-Course Certificate Program specially designed for serious event students. Our robust, engaging and thorough training delivered by industry stalwarts will empower you to reach your career goals and provide you with tools for life-long success.


The Certificate Program covers the essential elements of Event Planning including: Foundations of Event Planning, Event Marketing, Event Design and Decor, Event Production and Logistics and Event Management and Leadership. For those students who want to focus on a specific topic, each topic is available to enroll in à la carte, or complete all five for a Certificate in Special Events Planning. Each course is offered in 8 week terms, 5 times each year. Terms begin January, March, May, August and October. Begin on August 17th and have your Certificate in Special Events Planning by next summer!


In just one-year, you’ll be empowered to launch a new business, advance in your current position and embrace your event planning career with confidence and clout!


Specialty Courses including Corporate, Nonprofit, Community, Academic, Social Events and Weddings are offered as a self-paced option for those wishing to explore the unique qualities of these event types through a 3-month open learning environment. Learn from seasoned event professionals through video and audio presentations, live webinars, textbooks, forms, charts and other planning resources to distinguish youself as a specialty event professional! For available courses, visit our GET STARTED page.



“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Special Events Institute. My learning experience throughout the Event Planning Certificate Program was wonderful and reconfirmed my passion for making events come to life.


I’ll admit that I thought an online learning program would be challenging but it was incredibly rewarding. With the help of the Instructors, provided resources, and fellow students I was able to focus and understand the topics and assignments throughout the program even while planning my own destination wedding.
I truly appreciate the confidence that this program has given me to pursue a career in event planning.I have gained so much insight into what it takes to plan an outstanding event.”

Class of 2014


Best-in-class Education

Taught by the industry’s foremost experts.

Video, audio & downloadable presentations for all learning styles.

Every form, charts & tool you’ll need throughout your event career.

Passionate, Global Community

Engaging forums & discussions.

An inspiring community of event enthusiasts from around the world.

Mentors to help you advance your career.

From the comfort of your home

All of your content & education online…access it any time & from anywhere.

Weekly lessons to broaden your knowledge and skills.


“Thank you for providing me with the education and resources I needed to start and succeed in my business!”

Krista Van Soest O’Byrne – Hoopla Events



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