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Special Event Planning

Program Details

  • Program Code:1803
  • School:School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
  • Credential:Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Special Event Planning program will provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary for a rewarding career creating beautiful events and providing long-lasting memories for guests and clients. Learners will be equipped to design, plan and execute diverse events, from corporate meetings and conferences to social functions such as weddings and community fundraisers. Special event planning is a growing role in many organizations in a vast number of different industries and sectors.

The Special Event Planning program immerses learners in all aspects of the event industry. Business courses in marketing, human resources and entrepreneurship compliment event courses in design, food and beverage and event operations, preparing learners to be comfortable planning events in restaurants, hotels, resorts and convention centres.

This two-year hospitality diploma concludes with an experiential learning opportunity working alongside professional event planners and managers in a variety of industries and on campus at Centennial College’s 20,000 sq. ft. Event Centre.

Program Highlights

This Special Event Planning program includes a range of exclusive experiential learning opportunities. You learn from industry-selected faculty members who have years of experience. Students will have had hands-on experience in their field placement during their last semester. The program is focused on practical learning experiences that ensure that you are ready for the field upon graduation.

Career Outlook

Graduates may gain employment with their field placement employer or secure employment in areas such as:

  • Catering and Event Coordinator
  • Event Planner/ Event Manager
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Trade Show Organizer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Life Events Specialist
  • Graduates may also explore starting their own business as an event, meeting or wedding planner.

Are you an international student?

If so, please note that you will not be eligible for your post-graduation work permit if you take a semester off from your learning. Always talk to our Student Advisor before planning your time with us. We want you to enjoy your entire experience and are here to help you with your learning journey.

It’s Your Shift Training and Awareness Program

The program includes an innovative industry training and awareness certification – It’s Your Shift.  The certification equips students with the crucial knowledge and provides current resources focused on sexual harassment prevention and safe practices for intervention as frontline workers or managers. It will support graduates as they enter the hospitality industry to become leaders for the prevention of sexual harassment and contribute to the evolution of safe and welcoming work environments.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Career Outlook

  • Catering and Event Coordinator
  • Event Planner / Event Manager
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Trade Show Organizer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Live Events Specialist
  • Media Event Planner
  • Wedding Planner

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $973.00 $3,908.50
International $13,283.00 $2,256.00 $15,539.00

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