Events are an important part of our personal, community, and corporate lives. Whether it’s big conferences, small parties, black-tie fundraising dinners or events, business retreats, weddings, or fitness expos, people are gathering in every community, every day. When people do gather for these events, sipping champagne, coffee, or Gatorade, they expect them to be organized and entertaining. That’s where your flair for fine detail, take-charge personality, and enthusiasm would come in handy.
With UFV’s Hospitality Event Planning certificate you will be prepared to coordinate many functions in this growing industry. Whether you want to work for a large corporation, or eventually run your own small business, or get qualified to work in the growing tourism industry, the Hospitality Event Planning program at UFV can get you started.
How will UFV prepare me for my career?
UFV has long recognized the need for this program in the Fraser Valley and has designed a program that will prepare you to organize a variety of hospitality events. It could be anything from a wedding or sports tournament, to an exquisite banquet, or a large company barbecue. UFV's 36-week program will not only teach you how to organize and host these events with confidence, but will focus on the details too. You'll pick up business management and accounting skills, learning about marketing and public relations, and come away with a full understanding of the basics of food handling, beverage serving, and house keeping management. To complete your studies, you will participate in a four-week practicum in a working environment.
What type of career can I expect?
You will graduate with your Hospitality Event Planning certificate ready to work in a variety of opportunities in B.C.’s booming hospitality and tourism industry. Or you might choose to run your own event planning business. The hands-on training you get at UFV will provide you with proficiency to handle every day situations and you’ll graduate with the skills and abilities that are expected by today’s employers. As a successful graduate, you will be ready to work in a number of fields such as hotels and resorts, destination marketing organizations, tour companies, food and beverage outlets, convention centres and banqueting facilities found in locations such as golf and convention centres.
When should I apply?
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space.