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Duration (approx) 1500 hours
Qualification Associate Diploma

Work in Event Management with this distance learning course

  • Gain skills, knowledge and experiences within the field of event management and related disciplines.
  • Study event management, project management, business studies, marketing foundations, leisure tourism and much more.
  • Be prepared for a professional career in this field, and to develop a capacity to manage a wide range of different events, small or large.

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Distance learning studies in planning and managing events

  • An essential foundation course for students seeking to start an event management business, or for career and professional development.
  • Learn the processes of planning and managing successful events.
  • Understand a full range of subject areas essential to managing events, including marketing, budgeting, health and safety, managing the delivery of food and beverages, and much more.
  • Develop your abilities to use different research methods and assess research findings.
  • Develop key project management skills.
  • Learn about the processes to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Specialise in areas of interest to you with a wide selection of Elective Modules. 

What do Graduates of Event Management do?

  • Sub-contract services to organisers of shows, conferences, concerts etc., on an event by event basis.
  • Start their own business (Wedding planner, Party planner, Exhibition company, Conference organiser, etc.).
  • Work in a larger established exhibition company.
  • Work for hotels, reception centres, exhibition and conference venues, sporting venues or other enterprises involved with provision of events.
  • Work for public or non profit bodies involved with running events such as festivals, celebrations, receptions, etc.


  • Study 8 Core Modules and then choose 6 Elective Modules.

The Core modules cover Business Studies, Event Management, Project Management, Leisure Facility Management I, Food and Beverage Management, Workplace Health and Safety, Marketing Foundations, and Research Project I.

Then choose 6 Electives from –  Leisure Facility Management II, Tourism I, Bar Service, Adventure Tourism, Leadership, Personnel Management, Industrial Psychology, Entrepeneurship, Business Planning, Financial Management, Bookeeping I, Sales Management, Advertising And Promoting, Motivation.

All modules for the Associate Diploma In Event Management are summarised below.  Follow the title link for further information on each.


The Core Modules are to be completed by all students.

Business Studies BBS101

An 8 lesson module on how to establish and manage a business. Business don’t just happen and a good idea alone does not make a successful business. Businesses need proper planning, procedures, strategies, and controls. This module addresses these areas by looking at how a business may be established and managed. The module includes lessons on the management of staff, communications and how to address and resolve problems. Financial management and a review of marketing techniques completed the lessons in this module. 

The lessons:
1. Establishment Procedures
2. Management Procedures
3. Communication in Business
4. Problem Solving
5. Staff Management
6. Productivity
7. Financial Management
8. Marketing Techniques

Event Management BRE209

Learn to plan, create, manage, and evaluate a successful equine-related event in sport, recreation, tourism, agriculture, or other area. This 9 lesson module takes you through the processes involved with planning, organising, and managing an event. Students will understand the primary elements to holding an event – why hold an event, what type of event, where it should be held, and who the event will be supported by. An event, for example, can be held to showcase someone’s business, or to bring like- minded businesses and customers together, but if it is not arranged or staged appropriately the desired outcome will not be achieved. 

The lessons:
1. Scope and Nature of Event Management
2. Developing the Concept
3, Physical and Human Resources
4. Project Logistics
5. Marketing an Event
6. Financial Management
7. Risk Management
8. Staging the Event
9. After the Event

Project Management BBS201

The Project Management module comprises 9 lessons.  In order to develop a business, or operate within a contractual environment, managers need to possess the skillset that enables them to introduce and manage projects of change.  The module covers key areas which include the identification and planning of projects, and the strategy for the implementation of projects.  The lessons will impart the knowledge for students to develop their leadership and personnel skills, considering the different types of leadership skills as well as looking at how conflicts and problems may be effectively resolved.  The module is concluded with a special assignment where the student will develop a full suite of documentation for a planned project.

The lessons:
1. Introduction
2. Project Identification
3. Project Planning
4. Project Implementation
5. Project Completion Evaluation
6. Technical Project Management Skills
7. Leadership Skills
8. Improving Key Personnel Skills
9. Major Assignment

Leisure Facility Management I BRE205

This 13 lesson module provides a comprehensive introduction to the management and development of leisure facilities. Subjects cover the nature of recreation and fitness facilities, legal requirements during construction, the management of minor construction projects and evaluating fitness and recreation equipment. Students will develop the necessary skills to enable them to manage the day to day operations of facilities, including bookings management, safety, contingencies, insurance and much more.

The lessons:
1. The Scope of Recreation Facility Management
2. The Nature of Recreation Facility Management
3. Legal Requirements for Construction
4. Planning Construction Work
5. Indoor Equipment
6. Outdoor Equipment
7. Safety Procedures
8. Equipment Needs
9. Purchasing
10. Bookings
11. Contingencies
12. Insurance Issues
13. Managing a Recreation Facility

Food And Beverage Management BTR102

This 9 lesson module is concerned with developing the student’s knowledge of nutrition, food preparation, beverages, and the running of catering facilities. Student’s will learn about the different food groups, and nutritional values of foods, including vitamins and mineral content, as well as learning about different allergies to food. The module features a lesson on food preparation and cooking, enabling the student to understand the different types of cooking as well as which types best maintain the nutritional values of foods. With their knowledge of the different food groups and ways of cooking, students will look at planning menus for a variety of applications, including school children, the elderly, expectant mothers, and vegetarians. The module includes lessons on the beverages that might be served to accompany meals, managing kitchens and foods, as well as catering services and the management of personnel.

The lessons:
1. Human Food and Nutrition
2. Cooking
3. Kitchen and Food Management
4. Planning A Menu
5. Alcoholic Beverages
6. Tea, Coffee and Non-Alcoholic
7. Scope and Nature Of Catering Services
8. Personnel Management
9. Management Of Catering Services

Workplace Health And Safety VBS103

Working through this 10 lesson module, students will learn about legislative requirements of health and safety, and their duty of care to those in their employ and around them. Lessons look at the types and applications of protective equipment available, as well as the handling of chemicals, equipment, and objects. The module includes lesson content on working in different situations – at computer work stations, and working alone, and is completed with topic areas of hazard identification and risk management.

The lessons:
1. Introduction
2. Legislation
3. Protective Equipment
4. Handling Chemicals
5. Handling Equipment
6. Handling Objects
7. Using Computer Work Stations
8. Working Alone
9. Standards and Rules
10. Signs and Signals

Research Project I BGN102

Students will learn to plan and conduct research into the current status of an aspect of the equine industry relating to their area of study, and complete a descriptive report based on that research.

The 7 lessons are:
1. Determining Research Needs
2. Searching For Information
3. Research Methods
4. Using Statistics
5. Conducting Statistical Research
6. Research Reports
7. Reporting On A Research Project.


Students are to select 6 Elective Modules from the following - a listing for the lessons in these modules can be found at the end of this page:

Leisure Facility Management II
Tourism I
Bar Service
Adventure Tourism
Personnel Management
Industrial Psychology
Business Planning
Financial Management
Bookkeeping Foundations
Sales Management
Advertising and Promoting

The Scope of Event Management

Event management involves the management of any occasion that happens at a given time. Management of an event can be a complex and involved task, depending, of course, on the type and size of the event. Although extremely large events such as the Olympic Games require many years of preparation to succeed, the planning and preparation phase of any event will always require at least 60 – 80% of the total time involved in staging the event. The same principals will apply no matter how small or large the event being planned.

Events have become a way of life in today’s society, and are used to recognise special occasions whether public or private. Most societies throughout the world use organised events as a form of expression, whether it is for public grief, private celebration, as a show of strength or solidarity, to welcome others and so on. Today, organised events are used to help create business image, launch products, and to celebrate milestones and change. Organised events can also reflect a society’s position in the world or demonstrate public opinion. For instance, public response to incidents that occur in their own country or internationally may also instigate an organised event (e.g. fund raising for a natural disaster).

Events can be profound and moving (e.g. inauguration of a country’s new leader) or be a mark of respect for lives lost through earthquakes, flood, war or other dramatic occurrence. They can be intimate and private (e.g. a wedding), or a large public celebration (e.g. federation, a coronation, independence etc.). Whether large or small, these events present an opportunity for a well-organised Event Manager to take a leading role.

What is Event Management?

Event management is the process of making an event happen, from planning to the staging of the event to the conclusion of the process.

Event managers need to have a firm understanding of the event planned and the reasons for holding it: the What, Where, Why and Who?

  • What type of event is to be held and what is the budget?
  • Where is it to be held?
  • Why is the event being held?
  • Who is the event being held for, who are the supporters, and who is to be involved?

A well-managed event will meet the needs of its patrons. Private clients who use event managers to plan and implement their event will often have pre-set ideas on how the event should be run and may have very high expectations. They pay the Event Manager to ensure that all their ideas will work and the event lives up to their expectations. They may also expect the organiser to come up with a range of innovative and interesting ideas. This requires skills beyond those of an organisational and management nature.

An example may be a birthday party for a very wealthy client. The client may expect the Event Manager to show an extraordinary depth of imagination i.e. in the decorations used, the layout of the room, the menu planning and so on. The wealthy client may want the ‘party to beat all parties’. Second best may not be good enough.

It is wise for the event manager, irrelevant of the size and nature of the event, to use the approach: ‘That’s good enough’ is not good enough. Aim for excellence. Developing an excellent reputation is the best way to ensure ongoing work.

Event management also includes planning and organising the supply of equipment, materials and services well ahead of time. Careful planning enables the use of alternative resources should any of these resources prove be to be difficult to obtain.

Publicising the event is also important, and will encourage attendance. Even a visually pleasing pamphlet or leaflet to promote the event will go a long way to encourage people to attend. Publicising should begin well in advance of the event, as that will give people the opportunity to attend by planning their lives around the event. Creating publicity well ahead of time will allow:

  • Marketing to be effective with a good ‘lead in time’.
  • Advertising to be booked well in advance i.e. advertisers sell space many months before publication.
  • People travelling from other cities or regions to organise their commitments and plan for accommodation, transport or any other needs with ample time.

Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for event managers. Event managers may become involved in organising a wide variety of events. Some specialise in organising a particular type of event; and others will organise anything.

Events can include:

  • Private functions (e.g. celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, etc.).
  • Sports events (from small local events to large international events).
  • Concerts.
  • Conferences and Seminars.
  • Tours.
  • Business functions (e.g. product launches).
  • Trade exhibitions.
  • Art Shows.
  • and more …

Salaries can vary tremendously, depending on the role you play, your experience, and the scope of the event. For example if you are working as an events manager for a friend’s 50th birthday celebration you may receive a low wage. However if you run your own business, or manage medium to large scale events you may receive significant wages.

Most event managers work in private sector businesses, but some can also work in the public sector. There are risks and challenges in running any business, so you will be faced with these if you run your own business. Most notably for this industry is that since it is event based work can be sporadic. You may have fluctuations in the amount of work that you have on, for example you may be inundated with weddings during summer but quiet during winter, or you may be overwhelmed with Christmas functions then quiet again through January. You may also find the hours can be challenging. You may have to work long hours leading up to and during an event which can be exhausting.

As an events manager you deal with managing many details, and this can be challenging, especially when things go wrong. You will also be dealing with all sorts of different people, from clients, to guests, to staff. Particularly in the case of clients, the events can be times of high stress for them, so they may be challenging to deal with. You will need to have good inter-personal skills to be able to deal with everyone involved.

How to become an Event Manager

Sometimes event managers may start their career working for a larger company that continuously organises and manages events, perhaps a concert promoter, an exhibition company or even a reception centre.

Often your career can start out by setting up and running your own business on a small scale. Before starting out though, you will need a good understanding of what's involved. You also need to develop networks, and have a good level of small business management skills.


You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


The Associate Diploma In Event Management requires approximately 1,500 hours of study. It is made up of fourteen 100-hour modules, a research project and 100 hours of industry experience/work experience. 

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the 100-hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass 13 examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete Research Project I.
  4. Complete a Workplace Project. The project should last around 100 hours. There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement. Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This include evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.


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Leisure Facility Management II
The 13 lessons are:
1. Introduction to Facility Management
2. Water Facilities
3. Sports Turf Facilities
4. Gymnasiums
5. Public Buildings
6. Toilets and Locker Rooms
7. Introduction to Design
8. Ergonomics
9. Outdoor Facilities
10. Indoor Facilities
11. Interior Design
12. Equipment Design
13. Managing Construction

Tourism I
The 10 lessons are:
1. Travel Industry Overview/Introduction
2. Destinations
3. Money, Insurance And Legalities
4. Transport - Airline Reservations
5. Transport - Car Rental
6. Transport - Other
7. Accommodation
8. Package Tours
9. Travel Agency Systems
10. Special Project

Bar Service
The 7 lessons are:
1. Introduction
2. Alcoholic Product orientation
3. Non Alcoholic Drinks
4. Service Procedures
5. Mixing Drinks
6. Wine Appreciation
7. Establishing a Bar Service

Adventure Tourism
The 8 lessons are:
1. Scope and nature of Adventure tourism
2. The Product - Sources & Types
3. Management
4. The Customer
5. Locations And Facilities - Artificial environments
6. Locations And Facilities - Natural
7. Ethics, Sustainability And Environmental Impacts
8. Risk Management And Insurance

The 7 lessons are:
1.  Introduction
2.  Leadership Characteristics/Qualities
3. Interpersonal Relationships
4. Communication Skills
5. Team Building
6. Systematic and Lateral Thinking
7. Applications

Personnel Management
The 10 lessons are:
1. Human Behaviour
2. Workplace Communications 
3. Workplace Conditions
4.  Controlling Operations
5. Recruitment and Induction
6. Staff Training
7. Work Teams
8. Positive Discipline
9. Grievances and Complaints
10. Monitoring and Reporting

Industrial Psychology
The 10 lessons are:
1. Introduction
2. Understanding the Employees Thinking
3. Personality And Temperament
4. Psychological Testing
5. Management And Managers
6. The Work Environment
7. Motivation And Incentives
8. Recruitment
9. Social Considerations
10. Abnormalities and Disorders

The 10 lessons are:
1. Scope And Nature Of Entrepreneurship
2. Is Entrepreneurship Right for You
3. Assessing Opportunities
4. The Role Of Market Research
5. Intellectual Property
6. Legal And Ethical Concerns
7. Operating A Business
8. The Business And Financial Plan
9. Marketing
10. Launching A Venture

Business Planning
The 11 lessons are:
1.Introduction to Business Planning
2. Focus and Direction
3. Legal and Administrative Requirement
4. Developing Objectives and Strategies
5. Planning for Growth
6. Risk Management and Contingencies
7. Systems
8. Marketing Plans
9. Operation Plans
10. Human Resource Plans
11. Financial Plans

Financial Management
The 10 lessons are:
1. Financial Terminology
2. Planning And Managing Your Money
3. Borrowing Money 
4. All About Buying 
5. The Money Market  And How it Works
6. Investing 
7. Superannuation 
8. Cutting Costs
9. Banks 
10. Communication 

Bookkeeping Foundations
The 13 lessons are:
1. Introduction – Nature, Scope and Function of Bookkeeping
2. The Balance Sheet
3. Analysing and Designing Accounting Systems
4. The Double Entry Recording Process
5. The Cash Receipts and Cash Payments Journal
6. The Credit Fees and Purchases Journal
7. The General Journal
8. Closing the Ledger
9. The Profit and Loss Statement
10. Depreciation on Non-current Assets
11. Profit Determination and Balance Day Adjustments
12. Cash Control: Bank Reconciliation and Petty Cash
13. Cash Control: Budgeting

Sales Management
The 9 lessons are:
1. Developing Sales Concepts
2. Developing Sales Relationships 
3. Sales Ethics
4. Building Product Knowledge
5. Developing A Customer Strategy
6. Presentation Strategy Options
7. Closing A Sale
8. Managing Yourself 
9. Managing A Sales Team

Advertising And Promoting
The 10 lessons are:
1. Analysing The Market
2. Target Marketing
3. Display And Display Techniques
4. Advertising And Promotions Strategy 
5. New Product Development
7. Writing Advertisement
8. Electronic Marketing
9. Direct Mailing
10. Exhibitions And Shows

The 8 lessons are:
1. Introduction
2. Awareness
3. Tangible Rewards
4. Intangible Rewards
5. Negative Motivators
6. Initiating Motivation
7. Maintaining Motivation
8. Applications

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Meet some of our academics

Sarah RedmanOver 15 years industry experience covering marketing, PR, administration, event management and training, both in private enterprise and government; in Australia and the UK.
Dr Robert BrowneEnvironmental Consultant, Zoologist, Author, Sustainability expert, Teacher. Robert’s science employment has included consultancy with biotechnology corporations and in response to the global biodiversity conservation crisis, and has focused on amphibian conservation and sustainability.
Lyn Quirk M.Ed.,Dip.Med.,Dip.SportsOver 35 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy

Check out our eBooks

Business OperationsA text book for business students, or a guide book for anyone operating a business. Six chapters: Daily Challenges of Running a Business, Managing People, The Law, Fiance, Product Management and Risk Management.
Event ManagementThe Event Management ebook can be used as a reference for students or as a foundation text for professionals who need to know the finer details for organising an event. This book takes the reader through the all of the considerations that need to be looked at prior to, during and after an event is organised. The topics covered in the Event Management ebook are 1/ Scope and Nature of Event Management, 2/ Developing a Concept and Planning, 3/ Organising the Resources Required, 4/ Catering: Food and Drink, 5/ Promoting an Event, 6/ Managing the Clientele, 7/ Risk Management, Legalities and Contingency Planning, 8/ Delivering the Event, 9/ Organising Celebrations and Parties, 10/ Organising Exhibitions, 11/ Organising Conferences and Seminars and 12/ Working in the Event Industry.
Modern MarketingThis book explores new approaches to marketing, how to adapt to a continually changing world both through online marketing, and more. Some aspects of marketing never change; but many of the well established approaches used in the past simply do not work any more. This book lays a foundation for thinking about marketing in a different way
Project ManagementThis ebook is designed to help improve your capacity to manage any type of project in any type of industry. It may be read as a stand- alone book; used as something to refer to during the process of managing projects, or used as a complementary reference to help enhance the overall learning experience when studying a project management course.