You’re at an event and see someone that you’d love to work with, someone whose event you’d love to plan.

You strike up a conversation, but it’s ‘normal’ boring, small talk.

But, you want to change the tone of the conversation and tell them all about your event planning services and the skills you have so they hire you to plan their event.

Then you realize you don’t feel confident enough to talk about your event experience or skills. You’re not even sure your experience counts because you haven’t been paid to plan an event!

Here’s the big secret: Confidence comes from experience and learning.

Confidence doesn’t just happen. Clients don’t just fall into your lap. It takes an investment in yourself.

And if you ask hundreds of event planners what makes them successful, they’d tell you that they invest in themselves and they focus on their education.

They took time to learn about their clients, how to specialize and why it’s important to their success, how to properly prepare an event budget and understand accounting basics so they could stay on track, and how to price their event properly so they (actually) make money.

Online Event Planning Courses

You don’t need to be convinced that education is a great investment to make in yourself. And, thanks to the Internet, you can learn how to be an event planner from the comfort of your home. But, when it comes to online event planning courses, how do you narrow your search so you choose the right one for you?

Watch today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV to find out…

5 Questions To Ask Before You Register

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you register for an online event planning course:

  1. Do you need an event certification? (Probably not, and here’s why you don’t need an event certification)
  2. What do you know about the site owner?
  3. Will the online event planning course teach you how to start a business AND sell your event services?
  4. Does the instructor offer other courses or just one?
  5. Is there support during the course?

If you’re considering an online event planning course, but aren’t sure which is the best for you, here are 7 to choose from:

(Note: aside from our online event courses, we have not taken classes from this list and cannot speak to their quality. Before you buy a course, do your research and make sure it’s the right one for you!)

Event Planning Blueprint – Get your event certificate and learn the fundamentals of event planning. Complete with checklists, calculators and video training taught by industry experts. (great for on-boarding new team members, too)

International Institute of Event Management – With a Master’s Certificate in Event Management, IIEM is the only online event planning course that offers global certification.

Emory University – One of the more expensive options, their online event planning course includes an in-person component.

QC Event School – Offering a number of courses, including specializations in luxury and destination wedding planning.

Canadian Tourism College – Their event and meeting planning training program offers 9 modules and prepares you for a career in business meetings and conferences; exhibits, fairs and trade shows; or fundraising galas, weddings, festivals and concerts.

Wedding Planning Institute – With a number of online event planning courses, WPI specializes in wedding planning and all things weddings – including floral design and green wedding planning.

Event Leadership Institute – For event planners with professional experience, E.L.I offers a variety of online courses and training programs around the US for planners who want to improve their knowledge and skills.

I’d like to hear from you.

In the comments below, let me know one question you have about online event planning courses.

I look forward to hearing from you, but please note: links to outside posts and videos are deleted because they appear as SPAM.

Happy learning,


  1. Darlene at4:37 pm

    I graduated 30 yrs ago in Interior Design, at 52 it is difficult to look at a career change, Taking a part time or online course is the only way I can proceed and keep the bills paid. I have been trying to figure out which program is right for me


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