The Event Planning Certificate program is intended for students interested in the theories and practical aspects of event and meeting management, including research, design, planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of events and meetings of various types and sizes. Graduates will fill roles of: catering assistants, meeting planners, event assistants, event planners, promotions managers, and small business owners.

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Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Identify key players (i.e. vendors, clients, hotels, caterers, sponsors, etc.) build and sustain appropriate relations to work effectively to plan and execute events.
  2. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and work practices to comply with appropriate industry standards and applicable laws.
  3. Communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing using appropriate media and cultural sensitivity with prospects, clients, colleagues, sponsors, vendors, media and other stakeholders.
  4. Determine and use appropriate information sources and technology to research, plan, communicate, market, execute and evaluate an event.
  5. Plan, coordinate, and execute within time and budget parameters, the event theme, program, logistics, resources, and marketing, while minimizing risk and meeting or exceeding client expectations.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HOSP-1010 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 2
HOSP-1040 Customer Service 2
HOSP-1180 Event Planning Essentials 2
xxxxElective Requirements 1 2-4
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours14-16
Second Semester
HOSP-2180 Event Planning Workshop 2
HOSP-2380 Hospitality Marketing and Sales 3
HOSP-2400 Hospitality Management and Supervision 3
COMM-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
xxxxElective Requirements 1 2
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours27-29

Must complete two courses to meet elective requirements.


(Select two courses from the following)

ACCT-1020Applied Accounting3
BADM-1301Small Business Management3
BT-2040Emerging Workplace Technology3
COMM-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
HOSP-1020Sanitation and Safety2
HOSP-1580Front Office Operations2
HOSP-2480Hospitality Law3
HOSP-2330Menus and Facilities Planning & Design3
HOSP-2580Convention Management and Meeting Planning2

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.