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This 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.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options

  • Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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

Entrance Requirements

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that’s right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there’s space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed two years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

International applicants

Learn about eligibility requirements to study and work in Vancouver.

Costs & Supplies

Bring your own device

Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements prior to the start of class. If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.

For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.


Important updates to Part-time Studies

Please be advised that all courses coded ‘TOUR’ have been changed to the ‘MKTG’ coding. The content, course descriptions, and learning outcomes remain the same.

1) Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course? Find out more.
2) English Requirement: Find out more.

The courses in this program are designed by working marketing professionals to give you the most up-to-date skills in a flexible format to meet your schedule and career goals. Through the rigorous training, you’ll develop strong, diverse skills needed for success in marketing, including strategic online marketing, public relations, global marketing, and more. As well as the required 10 courses in the program, you’ll also have the opportunity to choose a number of electives that most closely support your future plans and interests.

This Part-time Studies program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided that any required course prerequisites have been completed. Students register for each course individually and may undertake studies in any term (Winter, Spring/Summer or Fall). While you may choose the pace of your studies, all program requirements must be completed within seven years as per BCIT Policy 5103 – Student Evaluation [PDF].

Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.

In-classroom delivery is available for most courses in the program. Some courses are also offered online.

The length of most online courses is 12 weeks. Online learning students should plan to spend an average of 7-10 hours per week on their studies for each course.

Program Details

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

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

Candace Marrington
Program Assistant – Marketing Management
604-432-8723 |

David Tikkanen
Program Head
604-412-7503 |

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:

  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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