August 24, 2012
Do you find yourself organizing people and planning events and fundraisers in your work or personal life?
With a Professional Meeting Planning Certificate from Temple University's Office of Non-Credit and Special Programs, you will formalize those skills. Coursework provides an overview of the meetings industry, the various types of meetings and their components, and the basic skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful meeting planner.
Throughout the program, the instructors, all of whom are members of Meeting Professionals International, teach a different area of planning. They are knowledgeable and provide insight into the industry. Some of the students, many of whom are in the meeting planning industry, share their stories and expertise as well.
Meeting Planning continues to be a growing field. According to U.S. News and World Report, Professional Meeting Planning once again made the list of “Top 50 Careers” in 2011. The Meeting Planning industry is expected to grow at a faster than average rate of about 16 percent over the next decade, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Non-credit courses for the Certificate Program in Professional Meeting Planning at Temple University Fort Washington will be held throughout September, October, and November.
Topics include Fundamentals of Meeting Planning (September 18 to October 9), Site Inspection and Selection (October 13 at Normandy Farm), Budgeting Tool Kit (October 16 and 23), Technology and Audiovisuals for the Meeting Professional (October 30 and November 6), Food and Beverage (November 13 and 20), and Contract Negotiations (November 27 and December 4).
“The certificate program is an opportunity to interact and network with other meeting planners or to break into an entirely new field,” said Rhonda Geyer, Director of Non-Credit and Special Programs. “It provides a framework of understanding of the meeting planning field and students gain practical experience that they can use the next day at work.”
Certificate programs are a collection of courses “with a specific curricular sensibility,” Geyer said.
“When someone completes a certificate program, they should have a certain level of competency in a given set of skills — skills that could expand their marketability in the job field or enhance their enjoyment of a personal hobby,” she said.
The Professional Meeting Planning Certificate Program is a 38-hour program with courses presented in a seminar style. The program features hands-on learning and Continuing Education Units are offered. Courses examine every aspect of the field, from budgets and financing to special events to food and beverage to handling international meetings. Instructors are meeting professionals in the hospitality industry in the Delaware Valley. The Philadelphia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International endorses the program.
More than 500 non-credit courses covering a wide range of fields and topics are offered at Temple University Ambler, Temple University Fort Washington, and Temple University Center City during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
For more information or to register for Professional Meeting Planning courses and any other non-credit course available, call Kathy Reid at 267-468-8500.
VISIT HERE TO REGISTER FOR COURSES IN THE PROFESSIONAL MEETING PLANNING PROGRAM.
For additional information, call Temple University Fort Washington at 267-468-8500.