Event planning schools in New York offer distance education and classroom-based certificate programs in event planning and management, as well as degree programs in hospitality management. The programs prepare students to become event planning professionals in the areas of wedding planning, hospitality management, and conference planning. Event planners coordinate the details and delivery of special events, meetings, and conferences for clients.

Sheffield School - Wedding and Event Planning

Sheffield School offers a distance education Wedding and Event Planning Course, which includes 20 lessons, 6 study guides and workbooks, and 2 virtual internship projects. The virtual internships are based on event planning case studies and are evaluated by professional event planners. Course topics include wedding and event planner roles and responsibilities; budgeting, planning, and organizing events; choosing event contractors; professional relationships with clients; legal responsibilities; research and evaluation; planning and organizing events; and business and marketing. Students receive the support of a personal student adviser throughout their studies and receive a Certificate of Completion upon graduation.

To enroll in the program, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and demonstrate knowledge of written and spoken English. The course can be completed in a minimum of 12 months, or students can take up to 3 years to finish their studies.

Sheffield School 211 East 43rd Street, Suite 2402 New York, NY 10017 800-445-7279 sheffield.edu

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

New York University's Tisch Center offers a professional certificate program in Meeting, Conference, and Event Management. The program consists of 7 courses: 2 core survey courses and 5 electives. Students must enroll in the following core courses: meeting and conference management, and special events management. Students must also choose 5 electives from seminar courses such as catering, special event management, logistics, computer applications for event planners, site choice, negotiation, budgeting and financial management, marketing, planning meetings, and international events.

Each course takes 5 to 6 weeks to complete. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and Saturdays at Cooper Square and Midtown Center locations. Admission to the program is based on a student's academic record, letters of reference, and a written essay. Relevant community or school experience is also considered an asset.

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management School of Continuing and Professional Studies 145 4th Avenue, Room 201 New York, NY 10003 212-998-7200 scps.nyu.edu

New York City College of Technology

The New York City College of Technology (CUNY) offers a Bachelor of Technology degree in Hospitality Management (120 credits). This program, which is accredited by the Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), is composed of both required and elective credits. Required courses include hospitality marketing and management, accounting and finance, research, the global marketplace, and the legal environment. An internship is also required. Students can take elective credits in hotel and resort management.

Admission to the degree program is based on academic transcripts, skills assessment testing, a proficiency exam, and other CUNY requirements. Students may have to complete developmental courses to satisfy program admission requirements.

New York City College of Technology 300 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-260-5500 citytech.cuny.edu