Meeting & Event Planning Certificate

Certificate of Completion in Meeting & Event Planning

Course Schedule & Descriptions

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About the Meeting and Event Planning Program

Event Management is a multi-billion dollar industry, growing rapidly, with conferences, meetings, trade shows and social events hosted regularly all over the world. In a recent report on career opportunities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects meeting, convention, and event planner employment growth of 43.7% between 2010 and 2020. In the next seven years it is anticipated that there will be 31,300 more jobs added to the profession. Favorable job prospects (as well as strong job satisfaction scores) help this profession rank in the top tier of The Best Jobs of 2012.

Event Management: What You Will Learn

The program provides an overview of the industry and information regarding resources, professional organizations, and career possibilities. Each specific course will provide in depth information in the critical aspects of event planning thereby providing students with a sound basis upon which to decide on their direction in the profession and successfully plan events.

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

Careers in Event Planning: Employment Outlook

  • Meeting Planner
  • Event Director
  • Meeting Coordinator
  • Wedding Planner
  • Special Event Planner
  • Destination Management Planner
  • Corporate Planner
  • Association Planner
  • Independent Meeting Planner

Employment of meeting and convention planners is expected to grow 16% over the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and organizations become increasingly international, meetings and conventions become even more important.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who Should Attend

Individuals who should attend include:

  • Individuals who coordinate meetings, conferences, weddings, fundraisers, sport programs, social functions, or other types of events
  • Individuals who are considering making a career change and seeking a comprehensive
  • introduction to the field of Meeting and Event Planning
  • Employees of the hospitality industry, such as hotel sales and convention service managers, who work with meeting and event planners
  • Those who work in related fields such as entertainment, lighting, audio/visual, sound, and catering who are looking for additional knowledge to further their skills and enhance their competitive edge

Eligibility Requirements

No prerequisites are required for the certificate. Some experience in meeting and event planning is helpful, but not necessary.

Event Planning Special FeaturesSpecial Features

All courses are taught by industry professionals, and are experts at what they do. Our instructors are eager to share their knowledge, and improve the professionalism of the industry. The courses are scheduled for Saturdays for the convenience of working professionals. Most classes are offered on the CSUDH campus located at 1000 East Victoria Street in Carson. Some classes will be held off campus as indicated. Courses are offered for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Nationally recognized standards govern attendance requirements to earn CEU credit. A permanent record of attendance is established and students may obtain a copy of their transcripts by calling the Records Office at (310) 243-3621.

Certificate Requirements

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon the completion of eight required courses, and one elective. Those who do not wish to pursue a certificate may take individual classes. All courses provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Students who begin the Meeting and Event Planning program in Spring 2017 or later will take MEX 910 as a required course to earn the Meeting and Event Planning Certificate. Students who began the program prior to Spring 2017 will have the option to take the course but it will not be a requirement to earn the certificate. 

Meeting & Event Planning Courses

Required CoursesPeople in a Meeting

Elective Courses (*Offered Alternate Semesters)


 Note: This program utilizes Blackboard, our campus LMS (learning management system); be sure to get your password and instructions on how to access MyCSUDH when you register. Please log on to Blackboard, print the handouts for Week 1 and bring them to class. All course materials for Meeting and Event Planning are in Blackboard.

 Please register for each course at least 1 week in advance to access your materials.

Event PlanningMeeting & Event Planning Class Location

All classes are offered on the CSUDH campus located at 1000 East Victoria Street in Carson. Meeting and Event Planning classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Culver City, El Segundo, Lomita, Harbor City, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Gardena, Westchester, Ladera Heights, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood, Wilmington, and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Training Funding for Meeting & Event Planning

Out of work and need training? This program is approved for funding through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Visit the America's Job Center website for more information.

Program Instructors

Marla Harr, MEX FacultyMarla Harr, CMP, has more than eighteen years of experience in wedding planning, special events and meeting management. Prior to her move to the meeting industry, she was an executive in retail training and development and IT. She is owner of “Celebrations By Design” and “Business Etiquette International”, Marla is a graduate of Ohio State University and is certified by the Protocol School of Washington® as a business etiquette and international protocol consultant and trainer.

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Michael Herman, MEX FacultyMichael Herman has managed audiovisual departments of the finest hotels in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. As an AV Director he has providing audiovisual services for every conceivable event in addition to working in theater, television and film, including stints at NBC and Universal Studios. Michael has an AA in broadcasting, a BA in broadcasting, and an MBA in Management of the Arts.

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Carroll Reuben, MEX FacultyCarroll Reuben, CMP, CMM, has been a corporate and association event director for more than 25 years and provides event-consulting services for the corporate, hotel and association industries. Carroll’s presentations provide a straightforward approach to the introduction and fundamentals of meeting planning, event design and delivery, financial management, logistics and technology, as well as professional development and job security. She is a frequent industry speaker and has published several textbooks.

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Marjorie Y. Risinger, MEX FacultyMarjorie Y. Risinger, CMP, has been a meeting planner for 30 years, an instructor in meeting planning for more than 15 years, and a frequent speaker and contributor to the event planning industry. As one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry on the subject of Food and Beverage planning, and having worked with many of the top hotel executive chefs in the country, she stays on the leading edge of trends, sustainable ingredients, and dietary requirements, all the while keeping a close eye on the bottom line.

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, MEX FacultyGary Rosenberg, CMP, is a Professional Meeting Planner, Consultant & Instructor with GJR & Associates and has 25 years industry experience. In that time he has negotiated hundreds of contracts and has carried out numerous site inspections. He is a past president of the Southwest & Pacific Chapter of the Professional Convention Mgmt. Assoc., and the Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. Gary is currently serving on the Advisory Board of Convention Planit.

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Charmaine Wilkerson, MEX FacultyCharmaine Wilkerson is the Director of the Executive Presentation Center for Hewlett Packard. She has been on the management team of three Presidential Inaugurations, the Opening of the Reagan Library, and the Oscars and Emmy's Governor's Ball.

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Professional Links

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American Society of Association Executives

Convention Industry Council

Meeting Professionals International

International Live Events Association

Society of Government Meeting Professionals

Student Testimonials
"Really love classes and its professors; having taken the Site Selection Class at the Loews Hollywood was a real live experience... Really grateful for everything learned so far and looking forward for the remaining classes." Karen Y. Tejeda
"I loved each class and had key take-aways every week.This was a huge boost to my knowledge base." Cindee D.
"Thank you for another jam-packed and fabulous session in the Event Planning Course. Budgets don't have to be intimidating. It just requires a lot of thought and precision.  I appreciate your insights and was happy to walk away with some information to add to my bag. Cynthia J.
Digital Certificate Request

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of the required courses.

Note: Once you have completed all the required courses, you may request your certificate via our online application. The processing time is approximately 6-8 weeks from the time of submission, and includes both a digital certificate link and a printed physical certificate.

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 Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process. When you're ready to register for courses, call 310-243-3741. If you have previously taken a class at CSUDH, you can register at myCSUDH (

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