This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a broad range of event management skills, including significant communication, planning and organisational skills. This is underpinned by a detailed knowledge of the event management process.
Event organisation and management takes place across the full spectrum of business and community activity. The qualification has particular relevance in the community, cultural, hospitality, sporting and tourism sectors. Work would be undertaken in both an office environment where event planning and organisation takes place, and at an event site.
The qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate the work of self or team.
The qualification is not suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway.
Individuals with this qualification are able to work in a range of organisations where event management takes place, and such organisations are diverse in nature. Examples include professional conference organisers, exhibition and event management companies, sporting associations, community organisations, hospitality and cultural venues.
Possible job titles include:
There are two alternative pathways for entry into the Diploma of Events. The candidate must either:
1. Have achieved a Certificate III qualification in an events-related area. Certificate III qualifications which are particularly relevant include those in the areas of:
museums and libraries
sport and recreation
2. Have paid or voluntary employment experience at an operational, coordination or management level in an events-related field. A current or previous job role that involves or has involved the application of skills and knowledge relevant to the staging and management of functions and events would be appropriate. As a minimum, employment experience must reflect the breadth, depth and complexity of a qualification at Certificate III level, as defined in the AQF guidelines.
To achieve a Diploma of Events, 24 units must be completed:
all 14 core units
10 elective units which may be selected from the list below, or from this or another endorsed Training Package or accredited course.
In all cases selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification.
The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the events industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.
Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:
Negotiating and liaising with a broad range of event stakeholders, including staging contractors, venue or site personnel, regulatory authorities and customers; consulting with others to gain input into planning and operational issues; providing briefings to operational staff and other stakeholders; developing event planning and operational documentation.
Motivating and leading diverse teams; providing support and coaching; planning work operations to take account of team member strengths; taking a lead role in agreeing and establishing work team goals.
Developing contingency plans to address typical event management challenges; developing and applying a range of strategies to address problems with event contractors or other stakeholders; responding effectively to a wide range of event operational issues requiring immediate resolution; working with event suppliers, customers and other stakeholders to develop practical solutions; evaluating the effectiveness of solutions and approaches to inform future event planning.
Initiative and enterprise
Generating a range of options and ideas to address different event management challenges; developing ideas about ways to improve event operations; encouraging team members to be innovative; using knowledge of current and emerging industry and marketplace trends to inform approaches to event planning and operations.
Planning and organising
Critically analysing a broad range of complex information to inform event planning and project management; establishing clear goals for different aspects of event planning; developing, implementing and monitoring plans, procedures and systems; setting and monitoring priorities, timelines and resource strategies; assessing and managing risk; communicating plans and strategies to stakeholders.
Using knowledge of organisational, industry and legal frameworks to inform event management practice; maintaining and updating knowledge of different event management practices; consulting with others to gain input and feedback.
Using industry and other networks to develop skills and knowledge; exploring and testing new event management ideas and approaches; encouraging and supporting learning within the team.
Integrating appropriate technologies into the event management process; selecting different technologies to address specific event management situations.
Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each employability skill are representative of the events industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.