Do you wonder whether or not it’s important to have an event planning certificate for people to take you seriously or to get started in the events industry – especially when you don’t have a lot of experience?

Let’s say you’re deeply passionate about event planning and all things related to events; you read everything you can get your hands on and spend countless hours surfing the Internet for that one piece of information that’s going to change everything for you.


You’ve never been paid to plan an event nor have you been hired by another event planner or client to plan their events. Is it necessary to get an event planning certificate so you start getting paid to plan events and feel like a professional event planner?

Alternatives to an Event Planning Certificate

That’s exactly what we’re talking about today on EventPlanning BlueprintTV. We’re sharing 2 reasons why you do not need an event planning certificate to be successful, especially when you’re starting in the industry.

Must I have an event certification to be an event planner?


Obtaining an event planning certification is not necessary to get started, nor will it assure you get hired.

Education is important but without actually planning and managing events, you’re getting little more than theory-based information.

Find an event planning course that teaches you the basics and gain experience by planning your own events or by working with an event mentor to gain hands-on experience.

Is it more valuable to get experience in sales, marketing or even catering than it is to take a general event certification program.


Make a list of the areas where you need experience. For example, catering.

Then, create a list of caterers in your area that you’d like to work with and schedule a call or send them an email introducing yourself and letting them know why you’d like to work with them, how you will benefit their business, and what you’d like to gain from the experience.

Note: Most professional event certification programs require you to have 3-5 years of experience before you can apply for their program.

Clients (and employers) typically require event experience before they’ll hire you to plan their events, so it’s important to make a list of the areas where you need experience (for example: catering, floral design, décor, logistics, sales, marketing, etc.), then highlight this experience in your event planning portfolio.

Needing an event planning certificate is a big misunderstanding that many event planners believe is required to break into the industry and to getting hired.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

What’s your take on getting an event planning certificate? If you’re an established event planner, what did you do to learn and get experience in the event industry?

Please share your story in the comments below.

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Thank you, as always, for reading and sharing your experience with our International community.


  1. Daninett Devenport at6:55 pm

    I am very interested in a permanent career change and that would be event planning. I am the one everyone comes to in the family when their is an event going on or coming up. I am talented in different areas of this field. I would like to get more information and stop procrastinating
    about getting started. I definitely feel that I have the energy and the talent to get started.

    1. Event Planning Blueprint at7:12 pm

      That’s often the way many event planners get started and change their career. Be sure to visit: and let us know if you have any questions about any of our programs. We’re here to help!

  2. Aaliyah at3:40 am

    Love this article.
    Though from personal experience, you do need even 3-5 years experience to get hired. I currently have 2 years so every time I’ve applied at a company, I have been knocked back as I “don’t have enough experience” though how do you get experience if nobody will hire you so you can get experience….

    best wishes

    1. Event Planning Blueprint at7:20 am

      Glad you liked it, Aaliyah, and sorry to hear this has been your experience.

      While we don’t know your personal story past what info you’ve provided here, we do know many event planners with less experience who are getting hired. In fact, Melanie got started with no clients and built a business in 8 months, Amanda registered for our training program, How to Be an Event Planner, and built her business (and quit her job!) in 4 months. Learn more here about what she said:

      We’d be happy to help you figure out why you’re running into trouble, just reach out through email or our contact page and we’ll book a call with you 🙂


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