• Overview - 2020/2021

    Managing a successful event of any size requires extensive know-how and planning.

    A specialist in event management is required in many industries such as business, associations, hospitality venues, non-profit, amateur and professional sporting events, galas, wedding and social events. A special events planner plays an essential role from concept to delivery, whether it's choosing a perfect venue for someone's special day, or managing vendors and volunteers to deliver a seamless event.

    Fanshawe's two-year Special Events Planning program can help you gain all of the skills and experience to prepare you for an exciting career in a fast-paced industry that relies on client satisfaction. The curriculum, designed by industry professionals, will explore current trends and technologies that drive the industry.

    You'll have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience planning, marketing, executing and evaluating events. As a student, you'll also visit, collaborate and network with industry professionals working in the city's great state-of-the-art venues, including the London Convention Centre, Budweiser Gardens, The Western Fair District and leading hotels and sports venues.

    By the end of the program, you'll be equipped with the knowledge, skill and practical experience to find employment in the event industry. If you're interested in going further, the program is a great stepping stone for other hospitality programs, including graduate diplomas and degrees. Sign up today and learn how to make every event one to remember.


  • Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Any Grade 11 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
    - Any Grade 11 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above

    Note: *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may still gain eligibility for admission by completing appropriate prior upgrading.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 11 and Grade 12 Hospitality and Tourism (C)
    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
    • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Business or Technical Mathematics course and Computer Skills course

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Special Events Planning-2020/2021

    Level 1
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HOSP-1016Event Management-Intro3
    This course in an introductory level course on the basic elements of event management, including small meetings, tournaments and various social functions. Students will gain an overview of the event industry, associations and designations. Students will discuss various types of events, and the different approach methods to planning a successful event and the core competencies required for today's event planners.
    FDMG-1039Dining for Professional Success3
    Enjoy the tastes, sounds and aromas as you dine each week. This exploration of culture and customs in various national dining practices is designed to create an awareness of and develop sensitivity to different cultural behaviors and customs, especially for students traveling outside their own country or who will be dealing with people of other countries or cultures. Students will explore the influence of culture, religion, geography and history on dining practices around the world.
    SFTY-1067Food Safety, Smart Serve & First Aid1
    This course provides students with basic principles of safe food handling, smart serve and first aid. Students will learn current principles and practices of sanitation and safety, government regulations and sanitation codes. Students will also obtain the requirements needed to implement responsible alcohol service. Lastly students will in learning how to deal with common medical emergencies in the work place with emphasis on recognition of the signs and symptoms of medical emergencies and how to create a safer work environment. Upon successful completion of the certification exams, students will receive certification in Safe Food Handling, Smart Serve and First Aid.
    WRIT-1042Reason & Writing 1-Tourism/Hospitality3
    This course will introduce tourism and hospitality students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    MATH-1210Math for Hospitality2
    This course provides students with a review of basic and essential arithmetic and algebraic skills providing mathematical tools and concepts needed for a career in the hospitality industry. Topics include fractions, decimals and percentages, conversions between metric and imperial measurements and algebraic competency applicable to the travel, hospitality and culinary services.
    COMP-1517Technology for Hospitality3
    Every day technology impacts how individuals work and live. This course will expose students to the variety of technology used in the hospitality sector today. Students will develop their skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools. The course will also explore desktop publishing, digital communication tools and technology trends.
    MGMT-1259Event Sales & Service3
    The business of events is highly competitive and event planners must have strong selling skills, a customer-focused strategy and an appreciation of superior service. In this course, students study the art and psychology of selling and learn the principles and techniques of strategic selling. Students will develop the skills required for prospecting, making sales calls, relationship building, conducting sales meetings and presentations and negotiating and closing the sale. The course utilises case studies, presentations, discussions and team participation, and places emphasis on developing the student's confidence and professionalism in communicating with event stakeholders and corporate decision makers.
    DEVL-1049Career Preparation2
    This course will define the necessary tools and skills to implement a successful career strategy and plan, from self-evaluation to the procurement of suitable employment. Students will be introduced to the many diversities of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector with special emphasis on marketing oneself into an appropriate career. Students will explore their aptitudes and strengths and learn how transferable skills lead to success in their chosen profession. This course will augment the work placement process and focus on business etiquette, networking, and job search, resume writing and interviewing skills.

    Level 2
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HOSP-5003Event Management Systems3
    Technology has become mainstream in the event industry, and there are many systems available to assist the modern event planner. Students will gain experience using various tools used in the industry for promoting events, managing registration, planning catering, creating event orders, billing, security, floor plans and more. This course is delivered in a fully online format.
    FDMG-1116Food Service & Catering3
    Food service is a vital element in event planning. This course aims to develop the student's understanding of the catering and events industry, including specific terminology used and common types of meal service. Under the tutelage of event and catering professionals, students will study topics such as menu planning and design, room layouts, pricing catering, calculating alcohol requirements and contract preparation and negotiation. The culminating project allows students to demonstrate their knowledge with a presentation of a themed event plan.
    BUSI-1179Business Essentials for Event Management4
    This course will help students develop an understanding of the business environment in Canada and the skills required to be a successful events entrepreneur. Students are exposed to a variety of business management tools and study topics such as monetary and fiscal policy, types of business ownership, accounting, ratio analysis and leadership. Case studies, videos and project work are utilised to demonstrate understanding of the steps required to start up a business.
    MGMT-1256Event PR & Sponsorship3
    This course lays the foundation for studies in public relations and sponsorship in the special events industry. The terminology and principles of public relations are covered before looking at sponsorship packages, press releases and media notifications. Students will apply knowledge of public relations and sponsorship to industry case studies and prepare a full event sponsorship strategy, proposal and recruitment plan.
    PSYC-1027Human Relations3
    To a very large degree, the satisfaction we experience in life is greatly influenced by the quality of our interpersonal relationships. There are numerous personal and social factors that play a role in shaping our thoughts, feelings and behaviour with others. As such, this course is designed to examine some of the fundamental variables underlying the dynamics of human relations. The particular topics of interest will include culture, socialization, personality, the self-concept, perception, emotions and communication factors. At the end of this course, the successful student will have learned the skills and knowledge essential for both personal and career development.
    COMM-3080Comm for Tourism & Hospitality3
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of tourism and hospitality, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
    MKTG-1059Marketing for Tourism & Hospitality3
    The purpose of this course is to provide tourism, hospitality and club management students with an understanding of the basic concepts and processes of marketing. This developmental procedure will involve customer identification and analysis, product analysis, market reasearch and analysis, and promotional development and analysis, with the end result equating to positive sales growth and ultimately profit.
    FLDP-1033Practicum 11
    Over the course of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events to gain further practical event experience. With the aid of faculty, students can seek out opportunities such as serving at a banquet, managing registration for a charity fundraiser, volunteering at a show or expo or welcoming guests at the college's open house. The experience gained will be as varied as the events themselves. Students will record their experiences in a portfolio that includes a minimum of 15 hours each year of the program.

    Level 3
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    PLAN-3009Event Management Strategies3
    This course is an intermediate level course on the elements of logistic planning for event management. A successful event requires detailed planning; through this course students will continue to develop their event planning skills focusing on specifics such as: site selection, managing registration, audio visual, food & beverage, staffing, transportation and security. Students will gain critical experience into the many details required of an event manager within the industry and will have the opportunity to plan out their own event to execute in the Semester 4, PLAN-5002 Event Management course.
    PLAN-1028Meetings & Conferences2
    In this course, students will learn the specific requirements needed to design, plan, implement and evaluate Meetings and Conferences. Students will become familiar with all aspects from the development of exhibitor packages, site selection, site plan development and marketing and promotional strategies.
    PLAN-1029Weddings & Occasions2
    Taught by industry professionals, this course is designed to provide students with an understanding of different types of occasions and some common cultural and dietary considerations. Students learn how to develop client relations, sell event services and how to charge for event planning services. Topics covered include putting together an event timeline, creating the event contract, key clauses used by venues, creating the event theme, working with flowers, linens and more. The courses utilises case studies and field trips to enhance student understanding.
    PLAN-1030Sports & Festivals2
    The focus of this course is the development and operation of festivals and sporting events. Students will learn the different roles event staff, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and the suppliers of goods and services play together in successfully hosting events. Students will also use tools, templates and techniques to enhance and assist in successful and innovate events.
    ENTP-3001Entrepreneurial Spirit3
    In this course students will develop the entrepreneurial characteristics and attitudes necessary to succeed in today's competitive and dynamic business environment. Working in teams, students will research and create an innovative business idea to meet organizational or client objectives.
    BEVR-1026Beer, Wine & Spirits3
    In this course students study the history and production process of wine, spirits and beer and learn how to objectively evaluate these products and market them in a hotel or restaurant setting. Students will practice pouring, mixing and tasting various beers, wines and spirits and participate in a field trip. Successful students will gain industry certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in the UK, one of the world's leading providers of wine education.

    Level 4
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    MGMT-3085HR & Volunteer Management4
    Staffing is integral to any events success. Throughout this course students will examine best practices for hiring, organizing, coordinating and managing people. Students will practice planning and implementing training programs for both professional and volunteer staff for a variety of events.
    MGMT-5087Global Leadership3
    Create a global impression as a conscious leader within the hospitality sector. This course is intended to provide students with the knowledge of how to use effective leadership and management strategies to affect change on a global scale. Students will become leaders with the capacity for a global mindset and an ability to lead in multicultural settings.
    PLAN-5002Event Management4
    This is an advanced course in professional event management, providing students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning over the course of the program and add to their event-planning portfolio. Working collaboratively in small teams, students will design, execute and evaluate an event. Recent examples include a charity gala, a concert, a sports tournament and a mystic and holistic fair; the possibilities are endless! As well as the actual execution of the event, students are assessed on their collaboration skills, their in-class participation and their event planning process.
    MGMT-3086Risk Management & Insurance4
    The course explores the potential guest liability and risk within the hospitality industry. Strategies and best practices to reduce such liabilities will be explored. Emphasis will be in the areas of contracts, torts and risk management practices.
    FINA-3045Event Financial Management4
    This course introduces students to the concepts, functions and techniques of financial management, providing a disciplined approach to the understanding and execution of these functions within event management. Students will learn how to develop and monitor an event budget, conduct breakeven analysis and calculate return on investment.
    ENVR-5016Corporate Responsibility2
    Today's event management professional endeavors to give back to their communities through green and sustainable initiatives. After a review of the event management process students will be introduced to green strategies and sustainable practices. Students will be given the opportunity to plan a sustainable and corporately socially ethical event.
    FLDP-3037Practicum 21
    This course builds on Practicum 1. Students will have more opportunity to participate in a variety of events to gain further practical event planning experience, and are encouraged to seek out a variety of events to enhance their personal portfolios. With the aid of faculty, students can seek out opportunities such as serving at a banquet, managing registration for a charity fundraiser, volunteering at a show or expo or welcoming guests at the college's open house. The experience gained will be as varied as the events themselves. Students will record their experiences in a portfolio that includes a minimum of 15 hours each year of the program.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 3

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 21 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2020/2021

    Career Opportunities

    Who hires Event Planners? 
    Hotels, Convention Centres, Conference Centres, Casinos, Caterers, Golf and Country Clubs, Event Planners, Wedding Planners, Festivals, Cruise Lines, Theme Parks, Museums, Entertainment Complexes, Tourism Bureaus, Professional Associations, Non Profit Organizations, Universities, Colleges, Corporations, Insurance Companies, Hi-tech Companies, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Companies and Marketing Companies.
  • More Information - 2020/2021

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: SEP1
    Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London Downtown)
    September/January Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at


    School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts: 519-452-4289

    Program Description

    Are you interested in an exciting career in Event Planning? Planning a big or small event requires extensive planning from choosing the venue, reviewing contracts, to the finer details of guest lists, d�cor, marketing and sponsorship.

    Special Events Planning is a two-year diploma program designed for individuals interested in a career in event management. Designed by industry professionals, students will be exposed to the vast types of special events, from social events, corporate meetings, festivals, conventions and large sporting events. Students will develop essential event management skills such as planning, assessment, communication, critical thinking.

    This program will explore current trends and technologies in the event industry, including; software applications, food and beverage, PR and sponsorship, logistics, risk management,  business tools and more. Students will gain hands-on experience in planning, marketing and executing events.

    Students will be provided opportunity to explore their area of interest including: corporate events, social events and sporting events. Students will also have the opportunity to explore event destinations.

    Fanshawe College is geographically positioned to expose students to the extensive global event management industry, as London is home to a state of the art Convention Centre, Budweiser Gardens, The Western Fair District, international hotel brands, and the host of many local and international sport events. Students will visit these venues, network with industry professionals and gain hands-on experience in the event planning industry.

    Other Information

    Students entering Level 1 of the program in January will continue into Level 2 of the program in the Summer term and Level 3 in the Fall term. 
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Plan an event portfolio with an evaluative component using the current tourism and event industry process and computer software

    2. Apply contemporary business administration skills including accounting, finance and cost control techniques to the operation of events and destination tourism planning

    3. Develop an assessment plan for a special event incorporating key performance indicators.

    4. Identify and plan for the distinctions between public and private sector roles and collaboration in the development of destination tourism and/or other special events.

    5. Apply knowledge of food and beverage service to the planning of special events.

    6. Develop a special event business plan including relevant costs, expected revenue and economic impact

    7. Support the provision of healthy, safe, and well-maintained events and tourism environments and substantiate the risk, liability and security needs of participants.

    8. Apply knowledge of the various tourism industry sectors and their necessary interactions, both with each other and with government and other regulating bodies, in the provision of tourism products and services.

    9. Apply human resources and leadership knowledge and skills, including managing the performance and development of staff and volunteers, to contribute to the management of a special event and/or destination tourism enterprise, and toward ongoing personal and professional development.

    10. Contribute to marketing effectiveness to promote successful operation of events and tourism enterprises.

    11. Create, plan and implement programs and activities that respond to identified needs and interests and maximize the delivery of personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits.

    Program Pathways

    • The Special Events Planning program shares some common courses with other Hospitality diploma programs at Fanshawe College which allows for limited program transfer.
    • The Special Events Planning program fulfills the educational requirements for the industry certification designation: Certified Meeting Planner (CMP).
    • Graduates may be eligible for admission to the following graduate certificate programs at Fanshawe College: Guest Relations Management - Concierge Specialist, Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management, and Retirement Residence Management.
    • For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways
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