Find free event planning courses by inquiring with practicing event planners who host instructional sessions or assessing continuing education courses available from local colleges and universities. Event planning courses are also available online through professional organizations that host webinars and seminars to teach the basics of how to plan events or coordinate client requests.
Professional institutes such as the International Career Institute provide online courses that include an introduction to event planning management, instructions on how to set objectives and create themes for personal or corporate events and tips on finding venues, publicizing and marketing an event and choosing appropriate vendors.
Common event planning courses include Meeting Planning Basics, Promotion and Marketing, Design and Production, Catering Management and Weddings and Social Events. Students learn about legal and ethical issues that may arise when coordinating, promoting or planning events as well as marketing tools to promote or advertise fundraisers, conventions and conferences. Event planners can also take courses that focus on food delivery, guest registration, staff coordination and guidelines for choosing menus and determining prices. Students gain an understanding of how to communicate with clients, negotiate contracts and prices with vendors and adjust the planning to meet the needs of corporate, industry or residential clients.