HPTI1018 – Event Management & Wedding Planning to Business Pathway

Start your own Event Management and Wedding Planning Business!

Event management is the perfect career choice for those capable at juggling multiple tasks, who can move at the speed of light and thrive under pressure! Special event planning can include many types of events, not just weddings, from conferences and sales meetings to gala dinners and awards. Learn business skills and become a certified event planner with our online course to get started in your exciting new career.

Rated 4.51 out of 5 based on 47 customer ratings
(47 customer reviews)
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47 reviews for HPTI1018 – Event Management & Wedding Planning to Business Pathway

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Therese Logie

    Not sure how to put it, but the website is not the best to use the back button, as it seems to take you to the top of the page instead. Company I work with, chose and paid for the course

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina Morrison

    I don’t think the course could be imporved asit covered all the relevant aspects of accounting practises. I prefer to study in my own time and not in a classroom. I wanted to acquire my accounting diploma as I have been working in accounts for many years and felt I had the ability to achieve it. It also gives me more options in the future for employment opportunities. Thank you for the support and encouragement of Tracey Annan who marked my assessment

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kylie Callinan


  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Gurjit Kaur

    It would be good if questions ask clearly what is needed. I had to ask for help sometimes only to clarify what is required. Thanks. For me this is the only option 🙂 I would DEFINITELY recommend grading the assessment by one person. We get the assignment back with comments by one tutor. On re-submission other tutor checks it and the same thing which could be given in the first checking is given by the second tutor as he/she is different. Please look into this. Thanks.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina Morrison

    I wanted to study from home as I work full time so it was the best course for me to choose and I had heard positive feedback about it. Thanks to all the tutors for their encouragement.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Esther Prince

    I found the presentations for GST difficult to download and watch. I did upgrade on gmail so not sure why I was having this problem. I found them on the internet myself and had no recommendation from anyone. I was interesting in learning accounting whilst still being able to work. I was motivated to sign up for the Pathway to Accounting Diploma with the gift of a table on application. So pleased I choose to learn with The Career Academy as Ive also found the tutors very encouraging with fantastic feedback. I am looking forward to completing the Diploma next. This course has been a challenge that Im pelase to have completed once the results come back on Topic 10.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Katherine Wilkinson

    The very first assignments was extrememly challenging due to lack of information. I red all the material and referred to the textbook but felt as though I was guessing the whole way through. The other assignments were no problem due to plenty of information given. Because they offer people who work full time the freedom to study when they can, at their own pace for an affordable price. The tutors are 5 and gradually passing each assignment and quiz is very rewarding. I would definitely recommend (and have already) to everyone I know.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yanling Xu

    Convenience distance study, very enjoyable!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hannah-Marie Scott

    I am thouroughly enjoying my course however i have not once had any form of communication with my tutor (not even sure who it is) where as when i signed up i was otold tutors are always there to support you where needed. apart from that the course is great and i look forward to completing it.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bev Garrett

    I felt it was well balanced, provided 5 resources and quick responses to all emails, so don't have any aspects as to improving the course. I liked how the material and information was presented online. just thank, I loved every topic

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bev Garrett

    I was looking for an events course on-line and came across The Career Academy I think it was all very easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ilaria Colombo

    I think that more case study and examples could be useful to understand better. I liked the course I followed. I particularly appreciated the clarity and pragmaticity with which the topics were addressed. In addition, thanks to assessments I have been able to test my knowledge and prove myself.
    Finally, I would like to thank the tutors who have always corrected the assessments quickly, always providing much food for though.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ilaria Colombo

    I liked the course I followed. I particularly appreciated the clarity and pragmaticity with which the topics were addressed. In addition, thanks to assessments I have been able to test my knowledge and prove myself. Finally, I would like to thank the tutors who have always corrected the assessments quickly, always providing much food for though. I think that more case study and examples could be useful to understand better.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kristine Spicer

    They were the cheapest option and were also happy to give me a free course extension when I said from the start that I may not be able to complete it in the 6 months due to my other commitments. I felt like assignments started off with a lot of work and then progressively got smaller and easier and then was hit with a massive one at Assignment 9 and then an easy one again to finish it off.Assignments were marked fast which I liked and a lot of feedback given also.

  15. Rated 3 out of 5

    Ilaria Colombo

    course reviews- reviews from full time workers and their success on passing the course everything was links to other websites or articles with further information on the topics would of been Good as well

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ilaria Colombo

    I felt an online course would suit my lifestyle, being able to study from anywhere was very appealing to me as I work part-time. I was able to study at work, at home, at friends houses and even whilst i was out and about on my phone! That part of this course was great. Also the adviser Demelza, I spoke to in the beginning was great and she knew exactly what I needed/wanted to study, better than i did, so special thanks to her! Please read above as I really feel these areas need to be addressed in order for future students to get the best potential out of the course. AMYUNI ERROR: The MYOB payroll module needs to be compatible for every computer. I had to pay an extra $70.00 for an extension that i didn;t necessarily need because of a software malfunction. For future reference to all tutors who;s student may have this problem, you need to know how to fix and in MYOB. As it seemed only one of you tutors- Matthew Jacobsen – knew how to fix it. A problem which left me hanging for two weeks exchanging phone calls with the academy and getting no answers. I lost my work repetitively because I was told to uninstall and reinstall, but this does not fix the error. Was extremely unhappy about this. NSTRUCTION UPDATES: If you are going to update course content whilst students are studying i;d suggest you send an email notification or something similar. As I printed out the excel assignment instructions to work on, in the process the course content was &, I submitted my assessment based on the original instructions, then received my assessment back as failed, as it was marked on the new instructions. I think if you are going to update whilst students are working you need make it very clear, or you need to be aware of what instructions the student has been given originally so you can mark it accordingly. As it is unfair for any student to have to complete one module twice. ENGLISH: One last thing that could be improved as I noticed throughout the course there were quite a lot of typos, spelling mistakes and just bad grammar all together. Which whilst learning a new topic to begin with, can make it very confusing to follow.

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Melanie Huata

    I feel I need to have a certificate to assist in securing a job. Jess suggested I might enjoy the Diploma as it has a significant amount of study on Project Management. I did enjoy that aspect of it. Hi, yes the course was 4 but as the course description suggested 300 hours study I was expecting a lot more, likely practical application. I found each section/assignment took a couple of hours each to complete the reading & assessment. This was disappointing. I completed the course within a calendar month while doing a part time job, normal amounts of exercise & other voluntary activities I perform for two groups. I suggest I likely did 60 – 70hours of study rather than 300 hours.
    The impression the hours to be spent impacted on how I felt about the course fee.
    I considered it would be value for money if I would be studying for 4 or 5 months. I was quite looking forward to it.
    Now the value will be related to whether I am able to secure a job.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily Dutton

    It was the most flexible online form of study for the course i wanted and the payment plan was great More interaction with the tutors.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily Dutton

    It was the most flexible online form of study for the course i wanted and the payment plan was great. More Interaction with tutors required.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rubie Shields

    Because a family member said it was good and the courses for straightforward and good for career you want to be In The help was great

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rubie Shields

    Because a family member said it was good and the courses for straightforward and good for career you want to be In Just topic 9/10 just needed better explaining. The help was great

  22. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anya Harrison

    I think that it is the cheapest course that I was able to find.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leica Thwaites

    I am really enjoying the class – course is well thought out

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tara-Lee Farrell

    Better deal for course price wise

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tara-Lee Farrell

    Better deal for course price wise

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Melanie Huata

    Because I felt like this was the course for me I am working full time and I am a mother of two busy toddlers aswell as being pregnant with twins so being able to complete this course has been not only a challenge but very rewarding to now say I have completed it. Indication of how long it will take for assessments to be marked.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    Brianne Carter

    I think they are good but need to be quicker with replying.

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    Brianne carter

    i think they are good but need to be quicker with replying.

  29. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sarah LeClerc

    The tutors were quick and answered all of my questions. I like the fact that the course is online as I prefer doing it in my own time. The corrections given on assignments by tutors were very thorough also!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robyn Brown

    I enjoyed the information that I received during the course.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Skipper

    The tutors were always helpful and friendly. It was cool how the course included video tutorials and heaps of resources to help me.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amber Roberts

    I received good feedback on my work from tutors and I liked that I was able to complete the course in my own time.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charles Ingaua

    Excellent course to study!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paula Akuhata

    I liked everything about this course, so much that I can’t pinpoint one thing! The tutors and the course was very helpful and I was happy with all of the resources provided.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessica Roberts

    I chose to study with the Career Academy based on the first initial phone call I had with the operator! She was lovely and so helpful and she had me sold with in the first few minutes! I really enjoyed my course and it has taught me so much and I can wait to begin the next chapter in my life as a qualified Wedding Planner. And a special mention to Dilip who without his feedback I would not have pushed myself to do better and achieve what I achieved. So thank you Dilip and everyone at the Career Academy for a truly pleasurable choice of studying and always being supportive of your students!

  36. Rated 4 out of 5

    Christina Finney

    Easy repayments and no student load required. I also could do it in my own time and not feel pressured having to attend a class each week when working full time and having children.

  37. Rated 3 out of 5

    Diana Forsyth

    Assignments aren’t too difficult, just need to find the time to do them. I do like the course and it’s enjoyable.

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sonia Waara

    Manageable and pretty easy to do.

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Shirl Samu

    Enjoyable content, just waiting on the hard copy of the notes to proceed. Easy to follow and straightforward.

  40. Rated 4 out of 5

    Christina Finney

    Good course!

  41. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tala Morgana Clifton

    Pretty cool and straightforward, will definitely keep doing the course. Received the paperwork folder and it’s been really helpful.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vera-Anne Pola’apau

    I like how the course is online and is flexible to my needs.
    Easy to use system.
    Tutor responds promptly

    If i did another course i would get the course notes manually as it is easier to go back over the notes

  43. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lee-Anne Hannan

    Massey University did not offer a Certificate in Event Management, and this was the area I was interested in. More feedback is always a bonus. Comments on assignments are welcomed.

  44. Rated 4 out of 5

    Andrea White

    Good overall. When organizing conferences I would have liked to see some input as to “ice-breaker” games to play or websites to go to. I decided to study with The Career Academy because they were the only company who had an event management course besides the Level 7 one at Open Polytec or going to one of those conference event days.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mandi Timms

    I have chosen to study the Certificate in Event Management as I would like to be able to plan pop-up events, festivals and other corporate events like conferences and trade shows. The assignments and projects are great as I am able to apply what I am learning to ‘real life’ event briefs. Sometimes I forget I am not working on a real event they are so realistic.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rose Lee

    I am learning so much as a student and it makes a difference to be able to study at any time of the day and from anywhere. My Tutor is always there to help me when I need her, but I love that I can connect with other students in my class via the virtual campus too.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Connelly

    Ever since I planned my own weddings, I have dreamed of making Wedding Planning a career. But until I started this course, I had no idea how much more I needed to learn to work as a professional. The course is preparing me working with clients and I am excited about completing and being able to plan my first wedding for a couple.

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Key benefits

  • Complete this course and be knowledgeable enough to start your own wedding planning business
  • Gain a Certificate to add to your portfolio
  • Clear overview of the most common event types
  • Plan your business for success
  • Developed by experienced Event Managers & Wedding Planners
  • Receive expert guidance from a business coach on how to start and manage your new business

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“The Career Academy are fully committed to helping to develop and support Irish students so they can succeed in their career or business. One of the Dublin Chamber’s objectives is to support and inspire business vitality and success – and together The Career Academy and Dublin Chamber are keen to further support.  We look forward to welcoming you as a new member once you graduate to continue your journey and success in your business.  There are a  number of members benefits including connecting, networking events, learning, maximise and grow your business, business savings, acting as a voice for business and being a platform for success.  The Career Academy will award students a 12 month subscription for membership to the Dublin Chamber on completion of the chosen course. We look forward to welcoming you.” Paul Byrne, Head of Membership Development, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Course Summary

Investment: €1,495 or only €25 a week on our interest FREE payment plan! Click here to enrol now


Assessments: Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.


Delivery and support: Online with expert tutor support via email or phone.


Access time: We allow up to 18 months access to this course.


Duration: 300 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week.

Event Management Modules

  • HPTG114 – Scope and Nature of Event Management
  • HPTG145 – Developing the Concept
  • HPTG146 – Physical and Human Resources
  • HPTG147 – Project Logistics
  • HPTG148 – Marketing an Event
  • HPTG149 – Financial Management
  • HPTG150 – Risk Management
  • HPTG151 – Staging the Event
  • HPTG152 – After the Event

Wedding Planning Modules

  • HPTG135 – Introduction to Weddings
  • HPTG143 – Planning a Wedding
  • HPTG137 – Managing People for a Wedding
  • HPTG136 – Managing Locations Associated with a Wedding
  • HPTG134 – Managing the Programme
  • HPTG138 – Managing Services in Support of a Wedding
  • HPTG139 – Managing the Wedding Client
  • HPTG140 – Managing the Wedding Day
  • HPTG142 – Planning Your Wedding Business
  • HPTG141 – Operating a Wedding Business

Start Your Own Business

  • ABKI201 – Starting Up
  • ABKG186 – Preparing your Business Plan
  • MGTG129 – Marketing and Social Media
  • ABKI122 – Budgeting, Forecasting and Cash flow Management
  • ABKG185 – Planning for Profit
  • ABKI214 – Fundamentals of Payroll
  • ABKII113 – Fundamentals of VAT
  • ABKI189 – Financial Statement Analysis

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Sarah Tottle

Sarah is a fully accredited life coach, psychologist and trainer who has many years of experience across sectors. Sarah is an international writer and has been published in high profile magazines such as CEO magazine, World Economic Forum, and other business magazines. She is an organisational trainer and has coached and counselled individuals and groups in both the public and third sector. She is committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed in their business. 

Declan Scott

This Pathway Program includes one to one mentoring from one of our very experienced and knowledgeable business mentors, Declan Scott. Declan has a significant amount of business and coaching experience. He is a University Lecturer and a facilitator. He has run several small businesses and enjoys helping students set up their own successful ventures. His dedication and expert advice has resulted in amazing student feedback.

Caroline Naguib

Caroline is a successful entrepreneur and founder of the Jaymen Group Ltd. She is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs, running several of her own businesses while coaching start-ups, including a niche recruitment platform, a brand and PR agency, and an education consultancy. She is regularly sought after for her expertise as a consultant and has featured in CEO magazine and Inside Small Business.

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