Event Planning

Certificate of Specialization (CS)


Variety and Excitement: Think creatively — no two events are exactly alike.

Stackable Credits: Earn a Certificate of Specialization that can apply towards an AAS degree.

Jobs: Predictions point to a tremendous increase in demand for event and meeting planners.

divider-stlcc-advantageThree Semesters: The Event Planning Certificate of Specialization is a three-semester program (21 credit hours) in which you master the basics of the profession.

Career Boost: This program is designed for those already in the profession at the entry level. It’s also appropriate for people entering the field for the first time, and those starting a second career.

Stackable: Credits earned as part of STLCC’s Event Planning certificate can later apply towards an Associate in Applied Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism.

Convenience: Many classes are offered online, and evening classes are also available.

Learn essential aspects of successful event planning, including negotiation, professionalism, legal considerations and budgeting.

Experience the excitement and energy of planning major events such as corporate meetings, weddings, charitable galas, World Series celebrations and more. If you’re energized by challenges, and enjoy working with people, this is the field for you.

Event planners spend much of their time in the office, but they also work onsite at hotels and convention centers, and they often travel to attend events and visit prospective meeting sites.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. CLICK HERE


According to the United States Department of Labor, employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 33 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2014). It is estimated that the US trade show and event planning industry includes about 4,300 companies with combined annual revenue of about $12 billion, and as businesses expand internationally, trade shows and corporate events attract attendees from around the world.

  • Theme Parks
  • Stadiums and Sports Arenas
  • Catering Companies
  • Meeting and Event Planning Companies
  • Resorts
  • Casinos
  • Non-Profits
  • Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Job Resources:

Gainful Employment Data (CS)

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Craig H. Mueller, M.Ed., CTC, CTA
Phone: 314-644-9590
Email: cmueller@stlcc.edu
Jeffrey P. Ivory, M.Ed., CHE
Phone: 314-644-9764
Email: jivory@stlcc.edu


Event Planning (CS) - 21 Credits

Certificate of Specialization (FP)
Program Total: 21 Credits
Core Courses
HTM:100 Introduction  to the Hospitality Industry 3
HTM:105 Professionalism in the Hospitality Industry 1
HTM:110 Negotiations in the Hospitality Industry 2
HTM:205 Legal Aspects of Hospitality 3
ACC:100 Applied Accounting 3
Focus Courses
HTM:245 Event Planning I 3
HTM:250 Event Planning II 3
HTM:255 Event Planning III 3

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. CLICK HERE

Related Programs
Hospitality and Tourism
Travel and Tourism


STLCC’s Hospitality Advisory Board brings together top professionals from the hospitality and culinary fields. The STLCC faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update the program curriculum, stay up-to-date on current trends in the hospitality field, and promote networking.


The Event Planning program is offered at our Forest Park campus. However, for added convenience, students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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