Course Description

Offered in partnership with TAFE NSW North Region, this course was developed in consultation with event management experts to make sure you get the most relevant skills:

  • Event planning and design to create unique experiences
  • Business development
  • Event coordination and management
  • Standards, regulation and sustainability
  • Event marketing and public relations

The course also incorporates a fictional case study where you can practice your event management skills throughout the course.

Be where all the action is through our work placement program. This is your chance to develop practical skills, make professional contacts and understand every dimension of event management. You can access our work placement video library resource any time throughout your course.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Conference Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Event Planner
  • Event Sales Coordinator
  • Exhibition Planner
  • Exhibitions Coordinator
  • Functions Coordinator
  • In-House Meetings Coordinator
  • Meetings Coordinator
  • Venue Coordinator
Course number E1204
Qualification name SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Short-answer questions
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Other requirements

Some assessments require you to record an audio/video. This can be achieved by using video recording equipment. This may be available in the workplace, or some smart/mobile devices.

There is also a requirement for a minimum of 2 audience members during some recordings which you can engage colleagues in the workplace, volunteers or co-workers during work placements to meet the minimum requirement. The incorporation of an audience provides for the performance criteria, and assessment conditions related to interaction and oral communication demonstration and includes where applicable scripts for audience members to use during the recording.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. Modules 1 to 5 have been released and are available. The subsequent Modules will be released on the following dates:

  • Module 6: May 2017
  • Module 7: July 2017
  • Module 8: August 2017
  • Module 9: September 2017
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Working in the events industry

Creative concepts

Event resourcing

Get with the program

Relationship management

  • Administer customer file and identify booking requirements.
  • Request products and services.
  • Record requests and confirmations.
  • Update and finalise bookings.

Event operations management

  • Monitor and improve workplace operations
  • Plan and organise workflow
  • Maintain workplace records
  • Solve problems and make decisions
  • Supervise the set-up of venues
  • Monitor front of house services
  • Evaluate front of house services

Rehearsal for real life

Event registrations

Business development

Project and finances

Leading and managing people



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Katie Beer

Katie Beer is passionate about the event industry, bringing firsthand knowledge and over 10 years of experience. She has operated across many facets of the industry, including sales and event management, at two of Sydney’s leading venues. She also had a role within in-house corporate event management with tour company, Scenic. Her current role as project manager for Arinex Events sees her servicing client events end-to-end, overseeing incentives and rewards programs, special events, corporate events and conferences. Katie has a passion for the travel industry and has been lucky enough to have managed events in destinations such as Canada, Vietnam and Cambodia.

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

The workplace will need to provide you with access to the required equipment and resources. The following list of requirements will vary according to the specific needs of each assessment:

  • Calculators, computers, printers and general word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and accounting software programs currently used by the events industry to administer event management
  • Specific computerised systems and software programs currently used by the events industry
  • Event staging elements
  • Policies and procedures to which people in the workplace must adhere
  • Tender briefs and specifications for events
  • Financial and operational data used to prepare tenders for events products and services
  • Event tenders, proposals or bids
  • Event budgets
  • Event orders
  • Supplier contracts
  • Comprehensive event plans
  • Operating procedures used to manage event planning and delivery
  • Current event venue or site information
  • Event documentation issued to customers including booking conditions, confirmation letters, contracts, invoices
  • Attendee documents
  • Reports used to manage event attendance

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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