Learn to Manage Events Like a Pro

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Event Management Courses around Australia
Event management is an exciting career with so many different pathways. Taking a course is a great way to get started and can help fast-track to your first event manager role, or to upskill for running events in your current job.

Check out our round up of the many options available around Australia and online.

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Should I Study Event Management?

Think about the roles you’ve performed to date.

They may not include running events, but if you have some of the following traits suggested by College of Event Management then chances are you’ll thrive in Event Management courses:

1. Super organised

…to handle the deadlines, details and multi-tasking while keeping your eye on the bigger picture.

You love planning, prioritising and checklists!


2. A ‘people person’

…with excellent communication skills to liaise with suppliers, colleagues and direct people on what to do.

You’ll want to get a handle on the industry lingo, so here’s a guide to events lingo to get up to speed.


3. Creative (and quick) problem solver

…to deal with any hiccups that happen, such as speaker falling ill at last minute, or a thunderstorm knocks out power at the venue.

Hot tip: Have a contingency plan

4. Energetic person

…willing to go the extra mile, showing initiative to do things better and ‘outdo’ yourself with every project you work on.

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Test the Waters or Dive Right In?

You might test the waters with a shorter course first, or dive right in with a diploma or university degree specialising in events.

Choosing an event management course from one of the many available options can help you get your foot in the door. Study locally or online, part time or full time, depending on your schedule, location and learning style.

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Event Management Short Courses


Event Management Training

Executive Certificate in Event Management

Duration:
4 days

Delivery:
lectures, in-class activities and case studies

Locations:
Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Singapore

The Executive Certificate in Event Management offers an intensive A-Z of events with a mix of theory and practical activities. The course is designed and taught by leading academics and industry consultants.

Ideal for:

Beginners and Executive Assistants looking to upskill in events.


CCE (College of Continuing Education – Sydney University)

Event Management Essentials

Duration:
1 day

Delivery:
workshop

Location:
Sydney

Event Management Essentials provides a structured overview of event management, from inception to debrief.

The focus is on running successful meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.


Ideal for:

Beginners and Executive Assistants looking to learn more about running events.


Swinburne

Event Management Short Course

Duration:
2 days

Delivery:
face-to-face

Locations:
Hawthorn, Hobart

The Event Management Short Course at Swinburne is an introduction to planning, promoting and running successful events and conferences.

Ideal for:

Beginners and anybody needing a quick refresher on the key elements of event management.


College of Event Management

Foundation Course

Duration:
6 weeks

Delivery:
online

The Foundation Course is an introductory course, providing a roadmap for getting started in event management. You can start this course at any time.

Ideal for:

getting a feel for the industry, and there’s the option to continue on with the College of Event Management’s Certificate and Diploma courses.

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Event Management Certificate & Diploma Courses

Online & multi-state delivery – incl. NSW



TAFE

Certificate III in Event Management
Diploma of Event Management
Advanced Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1-2 years

Delivery:
in class and online

Locations:
NSW, VIC, SA, ACT, QLD, WA

TAFE Certificate and Diploma courses in Event Management are offered in multiple locations around Australia and online. Teachers are industry experts so you’ll learn with real world insight how to plan, promote and produce events.

Course length depends on part time, full time or online format, ranging from 12 months to 2 years.



Australia Institute of Business and Technology

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1-2 years (full time)

Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart

The AIBT’s Diploma of Event Management teaches a broad range of event planning skills and processes.

The Advanced Diploma delves deeper to provide more detailed learning and practical experience in event management.



College of Event Management

Event Starter – Certificate III in Events

Event Manager – Diploma in Events

Duration:
20 – 40 weeks

Delivery:
online

Locations:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (for blended Diploma only)

College of Event Management

Event Starter offers a thorough introduction to event management, with entry level practical skills and the chance to volunteer at live events.

Event Manager covers all aspects of event management in more detail, with an industry placement program and exposure to industry connections.


William Angliss Institute

Diploma of Event Management

Advanced Diploma of Event Management

Bachelor of Event Management

Duration:
1, 2 and 3 years full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Melbourne, Sydney

William Angliss Institute Event Management courses cover all aspects of running brilliant events, with opportunities for work experience while studying.

The degree course offers a thorough grounding in events with options to specialise.



Torrens University Australia

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Sydney, Brisbane and online

Torrens University specialises in business and hospitality education. The Diploma of Event Management course includes business and management subjects that will provide invaluable skills to manage all sized events.

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VIC



Victoria University Polytechnic

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time (part time options available)


Delivery:
face to face with eLearning

Locations:
Footscray, Nicholson

Learn how to run a wide range of successful events with the Diploma of Event Management at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Topics covered include planning, communication and organisation skills, as well as staging, budgeting and risk management.


Swinburne

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time (part time options available)

Delivery:
face to face

Locations:
Hawthorn

Swinburne’s Diploma of Event Management provides a broad cross section of event management skills and processes to equip students for a diverse range of event related roles.


Holmesglen

Diploma of Event Management Professional Program

Duration:
1 year part time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
St Kilda Road

Homesglen’s Diploma of Event Management Professional Program is a hands-on course taught by industry professionals. Learn skills and knowledge to run a wide range of business events, including access to event management software programs.

It’s ideal for mature age students and executive assistants who are currently running events in all private and public sectors.



Holmesglen

Diploma of Event Management with Certificate III in Live Production and Services

Duration:
1 year full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
St Kilda Road

The dual Diploma of Event Management and Certificate III in Live Production and Services is geared towards large festivals and stadium productions.

Industry placements provide practical experience to apply course learnings.



Melbourne Polytechnic

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Preston

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Event Management combines skills development in budgeting, people management, ticketing, staging and audio and lighting production with real world work experience. Extend your studies and convert the events Diploma to a Bachelor of Business at Melbourne Polytechnic.


Box Hill Institute

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Boxhill, Lilydale

The Box Hill Institute Diploma of Event Management includes client services, marketing, communications, occupational health and safety (OHS) along with core event management skills.

It’s designed to prepare you for a role in the industry, and is also a great pathway to university studies.



The Gordon

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Geelong city

The Gordon Diploma of Event Management equips students to run successful events and exhibitions in a wide range of sectors.

Apply your learnings in the real world with industry placements and work experience.


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QLD



Barrington College Australia

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1-2 years, full time or part time


Delivery:
on campus and online

Locations:
Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast or online

Barrington specialises in hospitality and business management. The Diploma of Event Management has flexible delivery options so you can work while you study, and provides a pathway to university study.

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NT



Charles Darwin University

Diploma of Event Management

Duration:
1 year full time


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Palmerston

Charles Darwin is the only university based in the Northern Territory. The Diploma of Event Management offers a pathway into the NT’s booming tourism and hospitality industries.

The Diploma of Event Management at Charles Darwin University gives students a broad range of event management skills and processes. It’s designed as a pathway into tourism and travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors.


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Event Manager University Programs


University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bachelor of Management (Events) (3 years FT)

Graduate Certificate of Event Management (0.5 year FT)

Graduate Diploma of Event Management (0.5 year FT)

Master of Event Management (1.5 years FT)

UTS Event Management pre and post graduate courses develop diverse, cutting edge skills in digital creative enterprise, events, sport business and tourism.

The focus is on planning, thinking critically, managing projects and leading teams.



University of SA

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

Duration:
3 years full time

Delivery:
on campus (some components online)

Locations:
City West

The University of SA Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management) combines theory and practical experience to learn in depth about managing successful large and global events.


ICMS

Bachelor of Event Management (2 years)

Graduate Certificate in Event Management (6 months)

Master of Event Management (2 years)

Duration:
1, 2 years full time (Grad Certificate 6 months)


Delivery:
on campus

Locations:
Sydney – northern beaches

The ICMS Event Management Degree and Post-Graduate Courses are designed for working professionals who want to upskill into event management, as well as students without experience and who want to secure an event management role.

The Graduate Certificate enables eligible students to join the second semester of the Master of Event Management.


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Gain new skills and confidence to run amazing events

Whether you want to test the waters with a short workshop, or dive deeper into a diploma, degree, or postgraduate event management qualification, there’s no shortage of courses to choose from.

Learning event management skills and processes will help you land that first role, or give you the knowledge and confidence you need to run events to be proud of in your current job.


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