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Hospitality Event Planning

Hospitality Event Planning

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.

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Certificate

Duration:
36 weeks

Format:
Full time

How to apply

Start date:
No intake until further notice Suspended until Further notice

Location:
Chilliwack campus at CEP

Cost:
$ - NA  (Details)

FEATURES:

  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Program eligible for financial aid
  • Small class sizes: student/instructor ratio is 20:1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Events are an important part of our personal, community, and corporate lives. Every day, in every community, people gather for big conferences, small parties, black-tie fundraising dinners, business retreats, weddings, or expos. And whether they sip champagne, coffee, or Gatorade, they expect the event they’re attending to be organized and entertaining. That’s where your flair for fine detail, take-charge personality, and enthusiasm could win the day. Sample topics include:

  • Event planning and logistics
  • Business management and accounting skills
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Basics of food handling, beverage serving, and housekeeping management

To put theory into practice, students participate in a four-week practicum in the workplace.

View program outline in UFV Academic Calendar

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Graduates are fully equipped to coordinate functions in the growing hospitality industry and to work in a variety of fields such as:

  • Large Corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Destination marketing organizations
  • Tour companies
  • Food and beverage outlets
  • Convention centres
  • Banquet facilities

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

QUESTIONS?

Phone: 604-847-5448
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, local 5448
Fax: 604-824-7931
Email: trades@ufv.ca
Or ask online

The decision to quit my job and go to university was scary at first, but the UFV Hospitality Event Planning program set me up for career success.

I gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be able to succeed in the event planning industry. I would not be where I am today without the program.

  • – Caitlin Pascuzzo
  •    Special Events Coordinator, University of the Fraser Valley
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