Santa Monica College

Enroll Now!

Class ID: GES402
(New lessons are released at your own pace
in this 100 hour course.)
Tuition: $1,995.00


The Event Management and Design Online Training Program will equip you with the knowledge to advance in the field if you're already working in special events, or it will prepare you to enter the profession with an understanding of the industry. You'll build a foundation that you can use to build a career in special events or start your own special event business. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


Upon successful completion of this program, you will:

  • Understand the five stages of event management: research, design, planning, coordination, and evaluation
  • Understand how to manage time effectively
  • Learn how to manage human resources and volunteers
  • Have insight into hiring vendors, caterers, sound and light technicians, entertainment, and other resources
  • Learn how to conduct an event site inspection
  • Be knowledgeable about risk-management procedures and tactics
  • Learn about the requirements for necessary contracts, permits, and licenses, and how to meet these requirements
  • Understand budgeting, pricing, and accounting as they relate to event design
  • Be able to apply the principles of design to event decoration and effectively use flowers, fabric, lighting, and more


Learn to create spectacular special events with the Event Management and Design Online Training Program! This program is split up into two modules: Special Event Management and Special Event Design and Decoration. Each module includes multiple units complete with interactive presentations. Corporate events, weddings, parades, festivals, and more are covered. You'll learn about the practicalities of planning events and the dazzle of designing them. From permits to pyrotechnics, this program will teach you how to design, plan, implement, and evaluate special events.

Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete this program.  Should you need more time beyond the six months, an extension of six months is available at no additional cost.

About The Instructor

Jim C. Monroe, CMP, CSEP, has been a special events professional for over 30 years. With Jayna Monroe, CMP, his wife and business partner, and their team of designers and technicians, he decorates and manages events for corporate, community, and family celebrations. Jim attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, and received his BA in Speech and Drama. Then he attended University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH for his MA. He has been a Design Director and Senior Event Manager in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management Program at Richland College. Jim is also has been a member of Bill Reed Decorations Inc. and an instructor and scenic artist. He is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Special Event Professional. He was awarded the Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution of 2006, presented at ISES EventWorld, the MPI DFW Chamber of Rising Star Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from TxACOM. In addition to this, Jim was an active participant in the Texas Association of Convention Operations Managers, International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), Association of Event and Convention Professionals (TxACOM), and APEX Initiative, Terminology Committee, Convention Industry Council (CIC). 


Jim has several publications, which include the following.:
  • Convention Industry Council Manual, 7th Edition
  • Chapter 5, Continuing Education
  • Chapter 17, Support Services
  • Professional Convention Management, 3rd Edition
  • Chapter 22, Special Events
  • Art of the Event: Complete Guide to Special Event Design and Decor (Wiley, 2004)