Have you ever attended a meeting or event that failed to meet your expectations?

Did you think you could’ve planned it better, if only you had some formal knowledge?

UT Conferences Director Robert Gibbs can teach you the insider’s knowledge to help you plan a flawless event, whether it’s for an intimate group or an arena-sized gathering.

A 20-year meeting planner, Gibbs will teach Meeting & Event Planning Basics, the introductory course in the UT Meeting & Event Planning Professional certificate program.

In a fast-paced but relaxed atmosphere, you’ll learn the standards set by the Convention Industry Council and what goes into producing successful meetings and events.

The course begins September 21 and will meet once a week through November 30. It also involves completing a current trends research paper and acquiring three hours of job shadowing an event planner or volunteering at an event approved by the instructor.

The course fee is $495; online registration is available.

Students pursuing the certificate must complete three required courses: Meeting & Event Planning Basics, Understanding Contracts for Event Planners, and Meeting & Event Planning Budgeting.

Additionally, students must take two electives. Electives scheduled for Fall 2010 are Food & Beverage, Site Selection, and the Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) Preparation Course.

Coursework for this certificate program is endorsed by the East Tennessee Meeting Professionals (ETMP). Scholarships are also available through ETMP. E-mail Cynthia Bullock at bullockcjb@yahoo.com for details.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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