Students entering the Event/Conference Management program will acquire the skills needed to work at a hotel, conference center, sports arena, or a corporate organization as their program or events coordinator. Students will develop an understanding of the hospitality industry and learn how to plan and organize conferences and events. Students will learn cutting edge technology, such as meeting software, web applications, and social media. Event planning jobs are expected to grow 11% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Courses in this program will transfer into the degree program: Associate in Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

This program is financial aid eligible. 

Event/Conference Management Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
BUS 170CPrinciples of Marketing303
BUS 225CBusiness Law303
DCOM 105CDigital Communications303
HSTM 101CIntroduction to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry303
HSTM 205CQuality Service Management303
HSTM 245CEvent, Meeting and Convention Planning303
HSTM 269CFood and Beverage Management303

Note: Students matriculating into this certificate program are expected to possess a working knowledge of software applications including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, or to have successfully completed NHTI’s IST 102C (PC Applications) or comparable course. Students must maintain Internet access, including a professional working email address, throughout their participation in this program.

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Design an event from conception to implementation
  • Create measurable event objectives that include timelines, budgets, and program design
  • Review different event venues including, convention centers, hotels, meeting facilities, and/or civic centers
  • Design program schedule
  • Create an event catering food and beverage plan
  • Complete a risk management plan: parking, security, safety, ADA, etc. 
  • Design a marketing plan including social media options.

Health, Character and Technical Standards

Technical standards have been established to provide guidance to students regarding skills and abilities required to function successfully in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program and ultimately in the Hospitality/Tourism profession. Students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree and any of the related certificate programs must be able to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to act in a professional manner on field trips or at internship locations;
  2. sufficient vision, hearing, and verbal abilities to express and exchange information and ideas, as well as to interpret important instructions in the classroom or at internship locations;
  3. the ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Although not a technical standard for entry into the Hospitality and Tourism Management programs, applicants should be aware that some positions may require the physical ability to stand for long periods and to lift up to 70 pounds.

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