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Studies show that the event industry creates more jobs in the United States than auto manufacturing, chemical manufacturing (including pharmaceuticals), and oil and gas. Moreover, Smart Meetings reported in 2018, the industry has grown 23 percent since 2009 – “a strong argument for the prospects of a career in bringing people together face to face.”

UGA’s Event Planning and Meeting Management Certificate can give you the knowledge and skills required to plan, organize and manage successful events.


Format: Classroom

Hours: 35 hours / 3.5 CEUs

Where: UGA's Gwinnett Campus

When: Sept. 19 - Nov. 14, 2020

Cost: $1,049 (includes materials)

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Course Topics

Day One of the course focuses on Best Practices, which lays the foundation for planning and implementing a successful event. The following four days have two 3.5 hour sessions, each with a different topic. These include:

  • Event Sourcing and Site Selection
  • Strategic Communication and Food & Beverage
  • Budgeting
  • Marketing
  • Special Events
  • Technology and Audio Visual
  • Contracts and Risk Management
  • Professional Development

Professional Development Benefits

Learn from expert industry professionals
Each session of the program is taught by a different instructor who has expert knowledge in the session's topic. These professionals travel the country and world working on meetings and events for independent, corporate, association, and government clients. Their expertise, knowledge of trends in the industry, and professional contacts will help you identify your future in this dynamic industry.

Join MPI Georgia Chapter at a Student Membership price
Students enrolled in our program can apply for a year membership in the Meeting Professionals International Georgia Chapter at the reduced student rate. A MPI Georgia Chapter membership offers several opportunities for anyone in the event and meeting industry, including networking events, job opportunities, and educational seminars. Learn more about Student Membership on the MPI Georgia Chapter website.

Get the clock hours of continuing education for the Certified Meeting Professional Exam
Becoming a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) signifies a meeting professional's competency and excellence in their field. A requirement to sit for the CMP Exam is 25 hours of continuing education. Our course satisfies this continuing education requirement for both the CMP Exam and recertifying your CMP. To learn more about the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential, please visit the Convention Industry Council website.

Who Should Attend?

  • Event planners and meeting managers seeking to expand their skills and gain knowledge that can be applied immediately
  • Hospitality employees, trainers, lodging and restaurant personnel, human resources  managers, seminar planners, exhibition planners, conference center directors, sales and marketing managers, administrative personnel, and others seeking to expand their career paths with the skills necessary to plan efficient and effective events and meetings 

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 

September 19, October 3, 17, 31, November 14, 2020
Every other Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on the last day)

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 

$1,049 (includes materials)

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 35 hours of course work.

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments is required. To receive your Certificate of Completion, you must attend a minimum of 80% of the 35-hour course.

Military Funding Information:
The Event Planning and Meeting Management Certificate Program has been approved by the Department of Veterans Services to receive GI Bill funding. Spouses of active duty military members that are eligible for MYCAA and active duty military members that are eligible for Air Force TA and Army TA may contact their education service officer to apply for course approval. For more information regarding military funding for this course, visit our Financial and Military Assistance page or contact our office at 706-542-3537.