Frequently Asked Questions

Who should enroll?

The Event Planning Certificate is designed to meet the needs of three categories of event planners:

  • Those completely new to event planning and seeking a basic understanding of the process.
  • Those currently working on special events (either full time or as part of other job responsibilities) and wish to develop new skills and problem-solving techniques.
  • Successful practitioners in the field seeking specialized information and advanced insights into special event production.

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What is the Capstone project?

Students in the Event Planning Certificate will be required to complete a Capstone project prior to receiving their certificate. Put everything you learned into practice to create a virtual event. You'll be given a budget, clear objectives and everything you need to work out the details for the event. Details for the Capstone project will be sent to students prior to the first online Capstone session.

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What are the technological requirements?

While there are no technology requirements for the in-person classes, students must have high-speed internet access to complete the final Capstone course, which is completed online. We highly recommend external speakers and a USB microphone (with a headset preferred) for the Capstone as well.

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What is the attendance policy?

To complete the certificate program, students must:

  • Attend all six of the courses in the program – Event Planning: Introduction, Focus on Food and Beverage, Develop the Edge on Execution, Design the Experience, Connect with Technology, and the Capstone class
  • Attend online instructor led sessions for the Capstone
  • Complete all course work satisfactorily including the final Capstone project

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How long will it take to complete the program?

Depending on your availability and the time of year you start, you can expect to complete all program requirements within 6-12 months.

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What are my payment options for the program?

While there’s no financial aid or scholarships available for continuing education courses/programs, you have the following options available:

  • You can pay for courses individually as you take them
  • The Emory Alliance Credit Union (see Payment Options tab)

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What are the program pre-requisites?

As a non-credit continuing education program, there are no pre-requisites.

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In what order should I take the classes?

Students must take the "Event Planning: Introduction" course first. Otherwise, classes may be taken in any order with the exception of the Capstone, which students must complete last.

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Do any discounts apply to this program?

A 10% discount** is offered to the following registrants:

  • Persons aged sixty-two and older
  • Emory alumni
  • Emory students
  • Employees of Emory University, The Emory Clinic, Emory Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Crawford Long Hospital, The Carter Center, Yerkes Primate Research Center and Wesley Woods

** Discounts are not cumulative.

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