When people gather, something memorable happens. Go beyond the traditional business meeting.

The demand for skilled professionals in this field is rising, and businesses and organizations seek individuals to help them grow by planning and executing successful events. The UGA Event Planning and Meeting Management Certificate gives you the knowledge and skills to make a difference. The power behind our courses comes from our expertise in experiential education methodologies and course instructional design so you can hit the job market with a competitive edge and confidence.

Create an unforgettable experience.


Format: Classroom/Online

Hours: 32

Credits: 3.2 CEUs

Where: Athens

When: Oct. 19 - Nov. 7

Cost: $1,499

Explore how to source events and plan proper site visits. Learn important terminology that is imperative to contract negotiations and marketing strategies.

  • Understand and use basic event terminology
  • Develop a complete event planning timeline with roles, responsibilities, and deadlines
  • Identify the different players involved in event planning, including meeting stakeholders, vendors, and other planning partners
  • Plan an event or meeting from venue sourcing to post-event survey

Who Should Attend?

This certificate program is specially designed for those interested in strengthening their event planning skillset or seeking to expand their career paths, including:

  • event planners and meeting managers
  • hospitality employees
  • trainers
  • lodging and restaurant personnel
  • human resources managers
  • seminar planners
  • exhibition planners
  • conference center directors
  • sales and marketing managers
  • administrative personnel

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2024 to Thursday, November 7, 2024
Course Date Info: 

Fall 2024 Agenda:

Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET (classroom)
Lunch and breaks provided

Sunday, October 20, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm ET (classroom)
Lunch and breaks provided

Thursday, October 24, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET (live-online)

Thursday, October 31, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET (live-online)

Thursday, November 7, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET (live-online)

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Course Fee(s): 


The course fee includes all materials, lunches and breaks during the classroom sessions.

Hotel Rates Available
You can reserve a discounted hotel room for $129 using room group code 1801 until August 19, 2024. After that date, please call the Georgia Center to request a hotel room with block code 1801. If a room is available, you will receive the group rate. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Event Planning & Meeting Management Certificate course with Continuing Education.

Abby FreemanAbby Freeman is a seasoned meeting planning and exposition professional with a wealth of experience in corporate, healthcare, and association meeting and event management – from continuing medical education programs to Board of Director retreats to multi-day annual conferences. Abby is the Managing Director for Atlanta-based meeting management company Mitchell Meetings. Prior to starting Mitchell Meetings, Abby worked in the physician education department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and as the Director of Meetings for a large medical education company.

Abby is also an award-winning Meeting Professionals International, Georgia Chapter member and served as 2019-20 President of the Board of Directors. MPI Georgia named Abby Chapter Leader of the Year in 2012 and Meeting Planner of the Year in 2009.