With the explosive growth in Events and Wedding Planning, the need for qualified Event Planners and Managers has increased exponentially. Event Management and Wedding Planning courses are now offered by many schools, universities and institutes. But how does one determine which one is the right fit based on your needs? Here are a few considerations to take into account as you make your decision: Brand Recognition: The event management industry is not like other regulated industries like Healthcare or Financial services where colleges and universities are ranked. Since nothing like this exists in the Event Planning industry, a good starting point is to do as much research about the program as you can. Another good benchmark is the “resume test”. Imagine if you had graduated from that Institute - would you be proud to have the school’s name on your resume? Would it add value to your academic achievements? Course content and Cost : Most reputable organizations will provide a detailed list of course content, with a comprehensive list of topics covered in each module. Of course the depth of content will vary based on if it’s a classroom or online program, course duration and cost, so make sure you’re comparing courses that meet your financial and time commitments. Promises and Claims: Do your research and carefully understand any claims made by the organization. Be wary of promises such as being able to start your own business right after you complete a course. Starting any business is a serious and challenging undertaking and expecting any course to give you all the resources to go out and immediately start your business in not only unrealistic, but downright misleading.