Meeting and Event Planning

Certificate Program

Meetings and events represent an $845 billion industry that employs 5.9 million people with $249 million of labor income. Additionally, the industry contributes $446 billion towards U.S. gross domestic product.* 

The online Certificate in Professional Meeting and Event Planning is intended for students and professionals who want comprehensive training in this fast-growing and exciting industry. No experience or prerequisites are required. This self-paced program is built on the tenets of the Certification in Meeting Planning (CMP) administered by the Events Industry Council. The online, asynchronous curriculum is designed for anyone who wants to prepare for the CMP exam, fine-tune skills and methods, or become a qualified candidate for jobs in the industry. Students will learn from an active professional with decades of experience in the meeting and event planning industry, as well as special guest speakers providing additional perspectives, knowledge, and opportunities for learning.

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to receive a Digital Badge from CSULB’s College of Professional and Continuing Education. Each Digital Badge is embedded with a link to secure and specific information confirming that the participant has obtained the necessary skills and competencies as described in the program. The badge also includes the participant’s name, the course title, and date of completion. Badges are shareable and can be uploaded to CVs, resumes, social media profiles, or other digital platforms. Click here to learn more about Digital Badges.

*Data from “The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy” by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Meeting planning professionals who want to update their skills, gain a competitive edge, and improve their company or organization
  • Individuals making a career change to transition into the meeting and event planning industry
  • Planners who are looking to accumulate 6.0 hours towards qualifying to take or renew the Certified Meeting Professional exam
  • Hospitality or tourism professionals seeking additional skills and knowledge
  • Information about career opportunities in meeting planning and related fields
  • Specific skills and knowledge that are crucial to professional meeting planners
  • The logistics to create a successful event from idea creation through implementation
  • Access the course materials beginning on the official start date of the program, including online modules, resources, and required readings.
  • Progress through the asynchronous online content at a pace that suits your schedule.
  • Successfully complete all assignments and quizzes with a passing score.
  • Complete the program within the designated 10-week period. The final week is reserved for any remaining activities and assessments.
  • Share your feedback and final evaluation at the end of the program. Your input is valuable and helps us enhance our future offerings.
  • Upon successfully completing the program, receive a certificate of achievement that makes a valuable addition to your professional portfolio.
sean fistonich

This is a very interesting course that presents an insight into the booming industry of event planning in the Los Angeles area and around the world. It has inspired me to push further into this industry.

Sean Fistonich Fall 2020 Student Meeting and Events Planning
This was a great foundation for building my career as a professional event planner. I also had the opportunity to learn from experienced leaders in the industry and network with like-minded peers, and then I launched my own event planning business. I highly recommend this certificate program!
Elicia Magaña CEO, KIMA Event Management and Consulting Meeting and Event Planning