The future is bright for those passionate about event planning and meeting management. The demand for skilled professionals in this field is rising, and businesses and organizations seek individuals to help them grow through successful events. Even with virtual meetings becoming more common, in-person gatherings will continue to grow. The UGA Event Planning and Meeting Management Certificate can give you the knowledge and skills to make a difference in this exciting industry. The power behind our courses come from our expertise in experiential education methodologies and course instructional design, so you can hit the job market with a competitive edge and confidence. Start preparing for your dream career today.


Format: Hybrid

Hours: 32

Credits: 3.2 CEUs

Where: Athens

When: Spring 2024

Cost: $1,599 Early Bird

The course focuses on best practices and provides a foundation for planning and implementing a successful event. Topics covered include:

  • Event Sourcing & Site Visit
  • Logistics & Terminology
  • Budget
  • Food & Beverage + Special Events
  • Contracts & Agreements + Negotiations
  • Risk Management & “Post” - Pandemic Planning
  • Audio/Visual & Technology
  • Marketing & Communications Planning
  • Onsite Management & Post-Event Activities

Who Should Attend?

  • Event planners and meeting managers seeking to expand their skills and gain applicable knowledge.
  • 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

Course Information

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Course Date Info: 

April 28 – May 18, 2024

  • April 28 - students receive online course access
  • May 4 & 5 at the UGA Athens campus, all day
  • May 11 & 18 will be held via Zoom, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Course Fee(s): 

$1,599 – Early Bird Fee (ends March 1, 2024)

$1,699 – Registration Fee

The registration fee includes all instructional materials, all breaks, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast and lunch, as well as lodging and parking for one night. When booking airline reservations, ensure the tickets are refundable if the course does not meet the minimum enrollment. Our office issues final confirmation to you approximately two weeks before the course begins.

Discounted Rates Available
A discounted fee is available for participants who live in the Athens area or are affiliated with UGA. If you wish to learn more about the discounted rates, please contact UGA by e-mail at or by telephone at +1-706-542-3537.

If you are interested in this course view additional requirements.

Standard Refund and Course Cancellation Policies:
The Georgia Center will gladly issue refunds (minus a $150 processing fee) for cancellations made no later than April 22, 2024. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date. If a program is cancelled for any reason, the Georgia Center is not responsible for any cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

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 member of Meeting Professionals International, Georgia Chapter, 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.