Gain the skills to excel in the growing wedding industry. Learn the tricks of the trade through a flexible program designed for busy adults and stand out by adding nationally-recognized university training to your resume.
Cal State East Bay’s Certificate in Wedding Planning is the only program of its kind offered on a university campus. The program provides you with the industry skills, required knowledge, and practical training needed to pursue a career in wedding and event management.
With convenient offerings both online and in-class, you are free to choose what learning option works best for you. Whether you prefer the 10-week online program or the in-person course that spans across a five-month period, you’ll receive the same exceptional training from nationally recognized program director and instructor Joyce Scardina Becker.
Endorsed by the Northern California Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES)
Internationally recognized by event professionals
Taught by award-winning hospitality industry veteran Joyce Scardina Becker
I enrolled in the program because I want to explore opportunities in the wedding industry. I completed the program in May 2016 and believe I am well prepared for my new adventure. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment upon completing the course.
This program provided a great foundation for event/wedding planning. Before completing the course, I was blindly planning events. Now I have structure and guidelines that allow me to produce successful events.
The knowledge needed to enter and excel in the challenging and rewarding field of wedding planning.
A thorough understanding of the myriad aspects of researching, designing, planning, producing, and evaluating weddings.
The skills to work as an independent wedding planner or seek employment as a wedding and event specialist for a hotel, resort, caterer, or event management company.
Where else can you find a career that constantly surrounds you with happiness and celebration? The wedding and event management industry is indeed an exciting and rewarding field. Wedding planners are able to lend their talent and creativity to an industry that is constantly bringing in new ideas and trends, updating itself with each and every season. Wedding planners can expect to work on everything from budgeting and timeline development to selecting and managing bakers, caterers, florists, musicians, lighting designers, photographers, videographers, and more.
Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
The wedding business is a $165 Billion industry, with over 2.4 million weddings every year, just in the United States alone.
—Association of Bridal Consultants
In 2015, event planners earned a median annual income of $46,840, with the top 10% of earners making more than $82,050 per year.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
As challenging as this class was, all the hours of studying and work truly paid off. I am now far more knowledgeable than I was before taking this class, and it has given me a competitive edge in this industry.
Distinguish yourself from the many wedding planners in the field today by earning your Certificate in Wedding Planning from an accredited university. Professional certification from Cal State East Bay informs your clients or potential employers that you have expert knowledge in all aspects of wedding planning and management.
After you complete the program, there is a sense of pride and confidence that will take you through your work. During the program when you are working long hours and putting together your Staging Guide, take a step back and recognize what you have accomplished and this community you have joined. This is just the beginning, and this program can shape you and your business into what you want it to be.
In fact, many successful graduates have used this program as a starting point for their careers. Upon completion of the program, students have launched their own wedding planning businesses or secured leading positions with wineries, hotels, and private venues in their wedding and special event departments. Others have pursued their interests with caterers, rental companies, entertainment companies, or other service providers in the wedding industry as directors of sales.
Your job possibilities are endless. With a comprehensive and dynamic education in the field of wedding and event management, you’ll be equipped to excel even in the most challenging opportunities.
Joyce is a legend in the industry and many people that I've met have either worked with Joyce or know her from being deeply involved in the wedding community. Above all, she taught me that there is a right way to manage a wedding for a couple, and there is the exceptional way to transform a vision and theme into reality for one of the most special days of a couple's life.
Having taken the online program, I didn't expect Joyce (as well as Dana, her husband) to be so hands on and involved in the program! Anytime I had any questions, Joyce was readily available to give answers, assistance, and feedback. Even after the program has ended, Joyce continues to engage with us and sends us correspondence in regards to opportunities in the field!
I was in the industry for over 8 years before I decided to enroll in this program. The program has made me understand many aspects of the industry which builds my self confidence which in return provides me with happy clientele. I would recommend this program to anyone starting out or anyone who has been in the industry. You will be shocked at how much there is to know!
You’ll have the option to earn the Certificate in Wedding Planning in one of two convenient ways:
Have the flexibility to work at your own pace with the online format. The 10-week course is offered quarterly, so you can start the program when it best fits your schedule.
If you prefer learning in a classroom and working with the instructor and classmates face-to-face, the in-class option is ideal for you. This in-person course is offered on the Hayward Campus beginning in Winter quarter each year. The course format is organized into six Saturday sessions over a five-month period, making it an easy fit for your busy schedule. Each session is eight hours in length.
In addition to participating in all in-class or online sessions of the course, you will demonstrate your wedding planning knowledge by:
You can be certain that you will learn everything and anything that has to do with the wedding and event industry. Below are some highlights of what you will be learning:
Internationally recognized expert on weddings and special events Joyce Scardina Becker is President of Events of Distinction in San Francisco, an innovative designer, and an inspiring educator. After developing the Wedding Planner Certificate Program in 1997, Joyce joined Cal State East Bay as Director and Instructor of the program in 2003.
When students are looking for work in the wedding industry, their potential employers will be seeking the best. So, I not only teach important content, but I also groom students for a successful career in the wedding industry.
Joyce is the author of Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding, a groundbreaking “how-to” book for couples and wedding professionals alike. She is the Founding President of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA), the first national non-profit association created specifically for providers of wedding products and services. In recognition of her accomplishments, Joyce has been honored with 16 international Gala and Esprit Awards and 31 nominations.
In the Wedding Planner Certificate Program, Joyce covers all aspects of the profession, raising the bar for every student, demanding more out of them and requiring that they work hard to do their best, which prepares them to become well-rounded professionals equipped to handle even the most challenging of situations and excel in the hospitality marketplace.
All interested students who can satisfactorily complete the program coursework are invited to enroll. No application is needed to enter this program, simply register and enroll!
The online course is offered quarterly. Please note that the in-class course is only offered during winter quarter.
Enroll by December 22, 2016
Enroll by January 13, 2017
Area of Study: Certificate in Wedding Planner
Ideal for: Professionals who wish to enter the wedding and special events industry, either as a planner, catering sales manager, or any other position in the industry
Wedding planners, event coordinators, or catering sales managers seeking to improve skills and marketability
Program format: Online or In-Class at Hayward Campus
Tuition Cost: $2,900 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)
Please let us know if we can answer any questions about the Wedding Planner program. Many answers can also be found in our online Support Center.