Academic Catalogs

Meeting and Event Management, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_HTTM
Control Number: 30921

The Meeting and Event Management program focuses on the planner’s practical “need to know” tools and skills. Learn from well-known experienced industry professionals who are eager to share the practical “need to know” tools and skills essential to every successful meeting and event planner. Attain a solid understanding of the myriad details and behind-the-scenes considerations needed to assure your meeting or event is the success you and your clients hoped for.

Convenient online and weekend classes are designed to provide a dynamic learning experience with extensive interaction between students and instructors-through case studies, real-life examples, group work and hands-on activities. Special features include “behind the scenes” visits to hotel meeting facilities and development of a hands-on project.

Program Outcome

  1. The outcome for the certificate of achievement is to prepare students for employment within the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries as a meeting, convention, or event planner.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallUnits
HTT A105 Passport to Success 3
HTT A265 Principles of Event and Meeting Management 1.5
HTT A266 Organize and Manage Events and Meetings 1.5
HTT A273 Sport Event Management 1
HTT A278 Catering Design and Management 1.5
HTT A284 Leadership and Strategic Management 3
 Units11.5
Spring
HTT A158 Luxury, Incentive, and Corporate Travel 3
HTT A185 Interviewing and Professional Development 3
HTT A267 Managing Business Risks 1.5
HTT A269 Destination Management 1
HTT A270 Meeting and Event Marketing and Sales 1.5
HTT A275 Event Fund-Raising and Sponsorship 1
HTT A276 Expo and Trade Show Management and Promotion 1
HTT A277 Wedding Planning as a Business 1
 Units13
Year 2
Fall
HTT A138 Sharing the Travel Experience 3
HTT A221 Meeting/Event Management Internship 4
HTT A274 Establish and Operate an Event Business 1
 Units8
 Total Units32.5

Meeting and Event Management Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
HTT A199Current Issues in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism0.5-1.5
HTT A299Certified Travel Associate3
SPAN A180Elementary Spanish 15