Centre for Continuing Education

Event Management Course: Essentials

Event Management. Get a head start in events.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: arrangement of our courses

Some of our courses have moved to online delivery. We aim to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience through interactive, online classes in real-time. If you are currently enrolled in a course with us, we will be in touch soon with options for your enrolment.

Please note that for online classes, all course materials will be shared electronically. No printed resources will be available.

This practical event management workshop will provide you with a structured approach to operational and creative fundamentals, from inception to debrief.

Learn how to develop and deliver successful events with a focus on meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. You’ll learn how to develop budgets, work breakdown structures, and gain an insight into risk mitigation and contingency planning. We’ll also explore the key elements and processes involved in format and venue selection, event registrations, catering, accommodation, transport, theming, security, entertainment and stakeholder management.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • obtain a sense of responsibility for the multi-disciplinary nature of event management
  • gain confidence and enjoyment from involvement in the dynamic industry of event management
  • identify best practice in the development and delivery of successful conferences and corporate gatherings
  • identify the key elements of a conference and the processes involved in venue selection, registration, catering, accommodation, transport, theming, security and entertainment
  • identify management essentials such as developing budgets, critical paths, work breakdown structures, risk mitigation and contingency planning.


Event format and feasibility

  • Defining events
  • Event format and feasibility
  • Event goals and objectives

Location and logistics

  • Venue selection and design
  • Supplier management

Accountability and resources

  • Budget development
  • Work breakdown structures and planning documents
  • Risk management, mitigation and contingency plans

WOW factor and audience communication

  • What is WOW factor
  • Creating collateral
  • Theming and entertainment
  • Stakeholder liaison and debrief

Note: The following outline is provided as a guide. Course delivery may alter to benefit participant interests on the day.

Intended audience

Anyone new to working in an event management role, or those who have had some working experience without formal training. You may be an individual with an interest in entering the events industry, or are looking to increase your knowledge and skills to undertake an event management position.

Delivery style

Workshop, interactive with discussion.


A course booklet will be provided in class.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • Thanks to the presenter for a great session – I learned a lot, and left the course with much more knowledge, and a great structure for event planning. Would recommend.

  • Great venue. We were very well looked after. The presenter was informative, knowledgeable and happy, and passionate in the delivery of the content. I came away from this course well-informed, confident and armed with a myriad of resources. I would love the course to be extended to 2 days as the content was so vast. Thank you to the presenter for such generosity in sharing!

  • Love, love, loved the course. I wish it went for 2 days or there was a 2.0 course that we could sign up to. I feel as though we scratched the surface with the important stuff and we could have had a second day to delve into more of it.

  • This was a great course for the small business owner and professional services practitioner to get a practical education on how to plan and execute an event.

  • I found this event management course to be very useful. The trainer is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and a great teacher. Was able to provide practical examples, tips and strategies that were relevant to everyone in the group who came from quite diverse workplaces and would be implementing our learning in quite different ways. Would highly recommend this course.

  • That tutor has so much industry knowledge which was invaluable. The presenter’s approach and enthusiasm brought the course material to life. I have plenty of information and ideas to take back to the office. Thanks for a great session.

  • The presenter was very knowledgeable and eloquent about the course topic giving real-life situations as examples which made learning easy as well as interactive (group) exercises that support the discussion. I would recommend this class and would be interested to attend other classes in the future as well.

  • A fabulous tutor whose knowledge and presentation of the content was great. It made learning so much easier with practical examples and input from the class. I would highly recommend this course and presenter.

  • I am very satisfied with my first experience at the Centre for Continuing Education at Sydney University. The day had a variety of activities to help us learn as much as we could in the day. It has motivated and engaged me more into my line of work. The small class sizes are perfect! Thank you for such an amazing experience. I will definitely be returning soon!

  • A fantastic tutor with so many great real life scenarios. The Work Breakdown Structure will be a great tool to assist with my future events. I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone interested in running a successful event!

  • The small group was great. I like the interactive exercises and we managed to fit a lot into a small period of time. The lecturer was also really good.

  • We had an energetic and inspiring tutor. One of the best courses I’ve been to.

  • This is the best course I have ever done – the presenter was a fantastic teacher! So many fantastic tips which would be really useful to anyone in the events industry. I’ve been working in events for over four years and I got so much out of this course. Highly recommended. Thank you & well done!

  • I really liked that lunch was included as it was a great opportunity to learn more about the other students. The presenter was very dynamic and cared a lot about the subject which made the day a great success!

  • Such an amazing tutor, very down-to-earth, used great personal experience examples, learned quite a lot in such a short period. I’m looking forward to an events and social media course!

  • I walked away from this course with essential skills needed to go above and beyond in my role.

  • A wonderful teacher. I could not believe how fast the day went! This class is a perfect mix of theory and practical advice. I have already been telling people to sign up for the next class.

  • A very good teacher and I will recommend my friends and family to attend the courses in Sydney University.

  • The tutor was great, the class was extremely informative and I left feeling confident and informed. I couldnt have asked for a better outcome or a more knowledegable and enthusiastic lecturer.

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What others say.

  • Best one day course I have ever attended. The tutor and content exceeded my expectations. So much valuable information which I will be able to apply in my current role, and will no doubt assist me in achieving and succeeding in all aspects of Event Management.
  • A very good teacher and I will recommend my friends and family to attend the courses in Sydney University.
  • This is the best course I have done at CCE. The tutor was really knowledgeable and approachable. Great course. I feel inspired, motivated and confident after completing this course.
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