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Division of Continuing and Global Education

Event Planning

Certificate Award in Professional Meeting and Event Planning

(dates to be announced)

This class will be offered as a hybrid, at the Fresno State campus and Zoom. Participants will receive detailed information via email.

The Certificate Award in Professional Meeting and Event Planning is intended for students and professionals who desire to enter this fast-growing and exciting industry. No experience or prerequisites required. If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact David Anderson, CMP,

This program is built on the tenants of the certification in meeting planning (CMP) administered by the Events Industry Council.  It is designed for anyone, from students to current planning professionals, who seeks to prepare to take the CMP exam, fine-tune skills and methods, or get a running start to become a notable candidate for job applications.  You will learn about meeting and event planning from a 23-year veteran and working professional. 

A certificate of completion will be granted to those individuals who attend and complete the four-week course. The program will provide digital handouts that can be printed out or used digitally during class. These handouts are included with your registration fees.

For those interested in applying for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) professional designation, this course is 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 559.278.0333. For more information about CMP, eligibility requirements click here.

Topics Covered

Industry Scope, Scale, and Impact / Skills and Attributes of Successful Planners / Roles and Responsibilities / Job Types and Financial Potential / Ethical Issues / Building your Network / Inspirations and Other Topics to Explore

Create Strategic Plan for Meeting or Event / Develop a Sustainability Plan for Meeting or Event / Develop Business Continuity or Long-Term Viability Plan of Meeting or Event / Plan Meeting or Event Project / Manage Meeting or Event Project

Manage Risk Management Plan / Manage Event Funding and Financial Resources / Budget Management / Manage Monetary Transactions

Recruit Staff and Volunteers / Train Staff and Volunteers / Manage Stakeholder Relationships / Develop Program / Engage Speakers and Performers / Coordinate Food and Beverage Services / Design Environment / Manage Audiovisual and Technical Production / Develop Plan for Managing Movement of Attendees

Select Site / Design Site Layout / Manage Meeting or Event Site / Manage On-site Communications / Develop Marketing Plan / Create and Manage Marketing Materials / Create and Manage Meeting or Event Merchandise / Promote Meeting or Event / Contribute to Public Relations Activities / Manage Meeting-Related Sales Activities








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Optional Unit

An optional 3.0 CEUs available for this program. Participants must register and complete all workshops. Please contact Monica Acosta at for information on how to enroll.

Unit: 3.0 CEUs
Course: EXCEUS 107
Grading Option:  Credit/No Credit
Fee:  $105.00


About the Instructor

David Anderson, CMP, is a principal owner of the Eventive Group, founded in 2000 to serve corporate, non-profit and association meetings and events. David has been a member of Meetings Professionals International since 2000 and served on the Southern California Chapter board of directors for ten years. David has presented to industry and non-industry groups on the topics of introduction to meeting/event planning, volunteerism, time management, site selection, meeting space design, and special event design.