In the event planning industry, experience is key; this industry is more of a lifestyle than a job. Getting in as many years in the planning field and broadening one’s event range are some of the best ways to amp up a resume.
Another thing that an event planner can do to gain knowledge and training are obtain certifications. This reporter will spend some time exploring different certifications that may help anyone fairly seasoned in the event planning industry gain that extra edge in not only moving up in the field, but tackling all kinds of obstacles in the meantime.
The first certification that will be introduced is the GCPE ®, or the Global Certification in Professional Events. The GCPE ® is awarded after completion of six courses through the International Institute of Event Management; once the mandatory coursework is completed, the student not only receives a Master’s Certificate in Event Management from the institute, but also the impressive GCPE ® certification and its benefits (“a non-exclusive, non-transferable, personal right to use the GCPE certification and logo on the candidate’s resume, business cards, marketing collateral, letterhead and website.”)
As said above, the coursework consists of six modules; they are not only aimed at introducing early stage event planners into the industry but also refreshes experienced event managers of the skills needed to plan successful events. The courses include introduction and fundamentals of event management, social and corporate events, and advance event management techniques.
Completion of the courses and attainment of the certifications, according to the website, signifies “academic achievement earned through education and performance, and testifies a commitment to the profession,” which is true to any planner who makes the event management industry his or her career path.