Special Event Planning

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Program Code: 1803

School: School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus

Email: hospitality@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2569

The Centennial College Special Event Planning program, offered by the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to plan, design and execute diverse events from corporate meetings and tourism conferences to fundraisers and weddings. Special event planning is a growing role in many organizations in a variety of industries. Special event planners are responsible for corporate meetings, functions, trade shows, social gatherings and celebrations. Business topics, including accounting, marketing and human resources are taught in this program and will be complemented with sponsorship, event design and catering courses. 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’s new 20,000 sq. ft. event and conference centre.

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.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
EVNT-101 Introduction to Events Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HTAP-101 Introduction to Computers Progress Campus
HTAP-153 Math for Hospitality Progress Campus
HTAP-154 Introduction to Hospitality Sales and Marketing Progress Campus
HTAP-157 Food Safety, Smart Serve and First Aid Progress Campus
ICAM-105 Theory of Food I Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
EVNT-201 Special Event Operations I Progress Campus
EVNT-202 Event Selling and Sponsorship Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
HOTL-152 Human Resources Progress Campus
HTAP-102 Introduction to Hospitality Accounting Progress Campus
HTAP-151 Beverage, Bar and Dining Room Progress Campus
HTAP-155 Presenting and Communicating Effectively Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
EVNT-301 Special Event Operations II Progress Campus
EVNT-302 Event Marketing & Social Media Progress Campus
FBMP-201 Food & Beverage Management Progress Campus
FBMP-202 Menu Management and Design Progress Campus
HOTL-206 Principles of Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Controls Progress Campus
HOTL-307 Career Preparation Progress Campus
HTAP-304 Risk Management Progress Campus
HTAP-305 Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurship Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
EVNT-400 Special Event Field Placement/Industry Partnership Project Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HTAP-251 Career Capstone and Leadership Progress Campus

Program Highlights

Graduates will have had hands-on experience in their field placement during their last semester. 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 Planner
  • Convention and Special Events Planner
  • Trade Show Planner
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Live Event Planner/ Media Event Planner

Graduates may also explore starting their own business as an event, meeting or wedding planner.

Career Outlook

  • Catering and Event Coordinator
  • Event Planner
  • Event Manager
  • Meeting Planner
  • Convention and Special Events Planner
  • Trade Show Planner
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Live Event Planner
  • Media Event Planner

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

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.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters)
Canadian $2,850.00
International $12,772.00