Event Management

Event Management

One Year, Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code 0185
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

The information on this page applies to the Fall 2015 intake term, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements
Sept. 2015 to May 2016

  • Ontario College Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree OR an acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education (as determined by the College) AND
  • Proof of English proficiency

Selection and Ranking Process :

  • Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Additional Requirements for Admission:

Recommended Courses and/or Recommended Skills (Not Required for Admission)

  • Applicants should be computer literate in a Windows PC environment


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field projects and work placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Student Fundraising and Community Events

Students of the Event Management program organize yearly fundraisers to support annual The Many Hands Project, which is also administrated by Niagara College Event Management Students.

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Career Opportunities

Events can stimulate economies, develop community awareness, increase public involvement, improve quality of life, raise funds and market products. This program will teach you how to plan, promote and run special events for the public, corporate and non-profit sectors.

Opportunities for graduates include:

  • Charitable organizations/Not for Profits
  • Community and sports associations
  • Entrepreneurial and consulting enterprises
  • Meeting and convention planning
  • Sports and entertainment
  • Tourism and economic development
  • Wine industry
  • Hotels
  • Convention Centres
  • Government Related

The NC Difference

  • Small classes and hands-on training allow optimal learning
  • Program is well-connected to the growing event management industry
  • Students complete more than 250 field placement hours
  • Graduates can seek additional professional recognition from the International Festivals and Events Association, International Special Events Society and Convention Industry Council
  • Students develop and operate a series of 'live' events as part of the course program outline
  • This program has earned international recognition, with a Gold Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) 2012 and a Silver Pinnacle Award in 2009

Many Hands give Strive Niagara a lift

Event Management and BABH students shine in Washington

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As one of a select few colleges offering an Event Management program, I was immediately drawn to Niagara College and all that this program had to offer. The Niagara College Event Management Graduate Certificate is an innovative program that has given me the opportunity to study an emerging field and challenge my capabilities. Practical, hands-on experience through program events and placement opportunities have developed my skills and enhanced the value of my abilities. I am now entering the field of event management as a capable and experienced planner. Janelle MacPherson-Kenney, Event Management graduate
The Event Management program provided networking opportunities with industry leaders and hands-on experience for numerous types of events. The specialized nature of the program gave me a competitive edge in the job market and prepared me for a successful career in the events industry. Hailley MacDonald, 2009 Event Management (Graduate Certificate) graduate, External Relations Program Coordinator, University of Buffalo
Under the mentorship of passionate professors, revered for their contributions to the field, students are challenged to embrace the flux and change innate to the industry. With direct access to leaders and professional associations representing all areas of the events' industry, the program is extremely topical, preparing its graduates for seamless integration into their chosen roles.
[ Read the full letter ] Hayley Bishop, Event Management (Graduate Certificate) graduate, Corporate Sales & Hospitality Manager, Stratus Wines
The Event Management program gave me a hands-on opportunity to develop my skills and gain a better understanding of the event industry. Through my internships I gained more experience and networking opportunities, which leave me open to many employment options.Diane VandenHoven, Event Management graduate
I found that the Event Management program offered extensive education that included priceless hands-on experience planning actual events. The program included placement hours that give you "real life" work experience. I was specifically told when I was offered my first event job that I was chosen because of my educational background at Niagara. Jennifer Willes, 2008, Event Management (Graduate Certificate) graduate
This program is unique, specialized and highly challenging—just what I wanted in a graduate certificate program. The curriculum combines classroom learning with a multitude of hands-on experiences and networking opportunities.Danielle Britton, Event Management (Graduate Certificate) graduate
AJAC has hired event management students from Niagara College for the past five years. Their role is to assist AJAC organize its annual Canadian Car of the Year Awards "TestFest". ... Our post-event survey reports that: "The students that staffed the key stations were outstanding - always happy and helpful."
"Helpful staff, the event staff and college kids excellent"
"The people working the key stations did an excellent job"
"Staff: Great job. The students were top-notch"
"Everyone was VERY nice, pleasant and helpful"
"Staff: Amazing"

The car manufacturers have often hired the event assistants for public relations and marketing positions within their respective companies as a result of interacting with the students at TestFest.

Bottom line: the quality of instruction received by the students from Niagara College is excellent resulting in the very positive reviews as indicated above.
[ Read the Full Letter ] Beth Rhind, AJAC Manager
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Student Fundraisers and Community Events

Students of the Event Management program organize yearly fundraisers to support annual The Many Hands Project, which is also administrated by Niagara College Event Management Students.

The Many Hands Project

The Many Hands Project is a student-driven renovation program executed by students in the Event Management and Construction Studies programs at Niagara College. Each year, one local non-profit organization is chosen by the Many Hands Committee to receive their assistance. Together, the students plan and execute the entire process including; completing the desired renovations, involving the community through volunteer recruitment and raising awareness for the non-profit organization. With a $0 starting budget, it is critical to make important community partners and sponsors to help with the funding of the project.

Learn about
The Many Hands Project

Many Hands Project 2015


The new recipient for our Many Hands Project and its supporting student-run charity events will be announced soon!

Past Events:

While the following events are complete the students' event websites for each are still available. Please browse the following links to discover the types of events that our students work on, and all of the hard work that goes into making a great online presence for their event!

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Degree Options

Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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Welland: 905-735-2211, ext. 7559
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Many Hands Recipient Applications coming soon

Keep an eye out - applications will become available in May 2015.


Term One (2015 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
EVMT9112Event Marketing3
EVMT9139Event Managerial Accounting2
EVMT9149Leadership Concepts2
EVMT9244Sponsorship and Fundraising3
EVMT9150Event Planning and Logistics5
EVMT9146Event Management Project 13
PRAC9139Field Placement I - Event Management2
Term Two (2016 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
EVMT9144Volunteer and Human Resource Management3
EVMT9242Event Programming4
PRAC9238Field Placement II - Event Management4
EVMT9243Event Risk Management2
EVMT9114Event Professionalism and Sales3
EVMT9214Event Management Project II3
International Special Events Society, Toronto Chapter Festivals & Events Ontario Pinnacle Winner Meeting Planners International - Toronto Chapter Professional Convention Management Association Canada East Chapter
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