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Sustainable Event Management

Note: The September 2016 intake is not accepting applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

This full time one year Certificate in Sustainable Event Management will prepare you for a career in this fast paced industry. Based on curriculum jointly developed by industry and BCIT, you would learn about all areas of event production.

The role of the event planner is to oversee and arrange every aspect of an event. The aim of the program is to develop professionals in the event management field that have the knowledge and skills to create and execute business meetings and events for organizations around the world. You will learn how to develop and deliver meetings and events using globally accredited sustainability standards.

Certificate in Sustainable Event Management graduates will be able to:
  • Lead the shift toward ethical and sustainable event management within organizations using accepted international standards
  • Perform administrative tasks in an event management team
  • Develop the financial resources and manage the budget for business events
  • Manage the human resource components of business events
  • Design business events that support the marketing and strategic direction of an organization
  • Manage an event on-site to satisfy the expectations of stakeholders
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to produce success events

Graduates will be prepared to enter the event management industry at an entry level position. The SEM program contains curriculum developed to prepare students to earn the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, along with pathways for further education.

Sustainable Event Management Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the Sustainable Event Management program have the necessary skills and tactics to start an exciting event management career.

Possible Positions:
  • Event Coordinator
  • Wedding Planner
  • Events/Meeting Manager
  • Experiential Marketing Coordinator
  • Catering Events Coordinator
  • Event Venue Sales Coordinator

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

The September 2016 intake is not accepting applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

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Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$1,400 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

Classes are generally scheduled from 8:30am-5:30pm. Some classes may be scheduled on weekday evenings or Saturdays. Students will be advised of the schedule at the start of the term.

Program matrix

Term 1 (12 weeks) Credits
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  TOUR 1013 CSR and Business Ethics 3.0
  TOUR 1014 Professional Selling for Event Management 3.0
  TOUR 1016 Event Marketing 3.0
  TOUR 1018 Project Management for Event Professionals 3.0
 
Term 2 (12 weeks) Credits
  TOUR 1012 Sustainable Event Design 3.0
  TOUR 2020 Sponsorship & Fundraising for the Event Professional 3.0
  TOUR 2022 Human Resources Management & Leadership for the Event Professional 3.0
  TOUR 2024 Food and Beverage Services for the Event Professional 3.0
  TOUR 2026 Event Design Concepts 3.0
  TOUR 2028 Promotional Strategies for the Event Professional 3.0
  TOUR 2029 Event Technical Production 3.0
 
Term 3 (12 weeks) Credits
  TOUR 2030 Event Industry Practicum 8.0
  TOUR 2032 Business Consulting Project 6.0
  TOUR 2034 Risk Management and Business Law for Events 3.0
 
Total Credits: 56.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The course load of the SEM program is heavy. Learning at BCIT comes mainly in four ways:

Lectures

Lectures are used to provide instruction in the principles of event management. Most courses will have a one or two hour lecture per week. BCIT lecture halls are "smart learning spaces" and feature Internet conductivity as well as advanced audio and visual equipment. As we are a school of business attendance at lectures is mandatory.

Labs

In lab sessions, students work in small groups to master the skills taught in the lecture, by working on real-life business problems. This "learn by doing" concept is one of the key strengths of the marketing education at BCIT.

Teamwork

It is often joked by BCIT business students that BCIT stands for "being crammed into teams". It is true that we value the teamwork approach to business problem- solving. Most assignments you complete will be team based. We believe in the teamwork model as it provides the student with a solid grounding in the delegation, goal setting, and leadership skills required of business managers. Many students have remarked that some of their most profound learning came from the group work.

Industry linkage

BCIT is renowned for providing "job ready" graduates. We partner with industry to provide our students with the real life learning experiences. Our instructors come from industry, and classroom examples are real-life. Students get the chance through directed studies and practicum to work with industry directly solving real issues. This gives the student confidence in their education and direct experience with organizations they may choose to work for in the future.

Program length

One year, full-time.

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

Grading

Students must pass (50%) all courses in order to proceed to the next term.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

David Tikkanen, Program Head

Heidi Hughes, Instructor

Rita Rogers, Instructor

Advisory committee

The Certificate program falls under the Marketing Management Program Advisory Committee. The current members include:

  • Steve Buchan, Senior Director, Oracle Corporation
  • Jeff Duncan, President & COO, MeetingMax
  • Rhonda Garvey, Vice President, BCLC
  • Daryl Simpson, Vice President, Bosa Properties
  • Hubert Wat, Vice President, Rocky Mountaineer
  • Robert Fawcett, CEO, Real Estate Council of BC

Contact Us

Christina Hagberg
Program Assistant - Marketing Management
604-412-7675 | Christina_Hagberg@bcit.ca

David Tikkanen
Program Head
604-412-7503 | David_Tikkanen@bcit.ca

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