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Part-time Certificate 5075cert

Sustainable Event Management

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the Fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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.

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

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.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Learn more about program declaration

To submit your declaration:

  • Answer all questions completely.
  • If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Some entry-level courses are eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). If you believe that you already possess the skills and knowledge that would otherwise be gained by completing a particular course, please contact the program assistant for application information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Financial assistance

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


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. In addition to the required ten 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 twelve weeks. Online learning students should plan to spend an average of seven-to-ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  HRMG 3105 Human Resource Management Fundamentals 4.0
  MKTG 2226 Production Management for Events & Special Projects 3.5
  TOUR 1012 Sustainable Event Design 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 2020 Sponsorship and Fundraising for Virtual and Live Events 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
  TOUR 2030 Event Industry Practicum 8.0
Total Credits: 52.5

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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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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