Event Managers are responsible for the planning and organisation of large scale events such as exhibitions, conferences, ceremonies, weddings, festivals, concerts and other events. The types of tasks involved in the process include studying the brand, identifying the target audience, devising event concepts, co-ordinating logistical aspects and eventually launching and managing the event.
The initial stages of event management will involve event planning and for larger events, there will sometimes be a separate event planner that works with the event manager in the early stages to help with aspects such as budgeting, staffing, catering, transportation, accommodation and other logistical elements. In this case the manager would work with the planner in finalising these elements as well as working on other considerations such as design and branding, marketing and advertising, negotiation, general administration and launch and ongoing management of the event until completion.
Event management courses are offered at various levels with part time and full time options available as well as online learning options and shorter courses and workshops for those looking to add some event management skills for career or personal benefit.
Some full time courses in Event Management at third level are listed below..
Dundalk IT offer a 3 year BA in Event Management. Course content includes topics such as communication skills, language modules, accounting, IT skills, HR, management skills and marketing.
IT Tralee offer a similar course teaching similar event management skills with a focus on the Hotel, Culinary and Tourism sectors.
DIT (now TU) also offers a BA in Event Management, the course teaches practical and theoretical skills in all aspects of event management. Students become knowledgeable in areas such as event planning and design, marketing, sponsorship, staging and health and safety.
For those looking for part time event management courses there are some options below..
Pitman Training offer an Event Management Diploma – This course takes around 200 hours flexi-study to complete and comprises 9 core modules plus an additional 2 elective modules of choice to suit individual requirements.
CMIT (College of Management & IT) offers a QQI level 6 component award in event management. This course teaches students how to develop event proposals for clients, develop innovative event concepts, conduct feasibility analysis for events, lead teams during events, manage suppliers and service providers, develop event plans, work breakdown and event schedules, develop quality management and risk plans, and develop skills for staging events.
Fitzwilliam Institute offer a Diploma in Exhibition Management via distance learning. The diploma is certified and awarded by the ICM (Institute of Commercial Management).
IPA (Institute of Public Administration) offer a Managing Meetings course – A one day workshop which introduces participants to the principles and techniques involved in organising successful meetings. Meetings are important in facilitating communication consultation, debate and ultimately decision-making. This workshop helps integrate correct procedures, preparation and planning to ensure the correct decisions get made. The workshop is highly interactive and provides participants with the skills needed to structure effective meetings.
Event Management courses can open up a wide range of career opportunities from in industries such as tourism, music, hospitality and even wedding planning so if you feel this might be for you why not have a look at some event management course listings at the following link – Event Management Courses Ireland on Findacourse.ie