Fundamentals of Event Planning

Certificate Program

TChampagne glasses and cakehe Fundamentals of Event Planning will introduce you to important information concerning key strategies for managing event logistics as well as critical planning techniques for negotiating contracts, dealing with sponsors, and working with a variety of events. The course instructor will guide you through the intricacies of planning an event using a combination of lectures, interactive activities, and real-life experiences.

This Certificate Program consists of two separate courses that run for two weeks each. You may take one segment or both. Both courses will be held at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center.

Instructor Bill Motto will teach key strategies for managing different types of events. "Participants will learn how to develop critical planning techniques such as setting benchmarks and planning for contingencies," says Motto. "This will be a fun, fast-paced program that will meet the needs of the people interested in event planning." 

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Course One
  provides an overview of event planning including topics such as Critical-Planning Logistics, Hospitality, Negotiations and Contracts. 

Course Two topics include Risk Management, Marketing, Financing, Economic Impact, Merchandising,  and Charitable Events. 


  • Course One is September 9 & 16 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Course Two is September 23 & 30 from 6 -9 pm


  • Course One:  $199
  • Course Two:  $199
  • Or BOTH Courses:  $349
  • A discount is available for SUNY Oswego students, staff and alumni
  • CSEA Vouchers are accepted

Classes are held at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse.

Register using one of the following options:

  • Register online
  • Download our PDF Registration Form and mail to: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square, The Atrium Building, Suite 115, Syracuse, NY 13202 or send via secure fax to 315.399.4107

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to successfully complete this course should contact the Disability Services Office at 315.312.3358.

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SUNY Oswego Metro Center
Phone 315.399.4100 | Fax 315.399.4107 |
The Atrium, 2 Clinton Square | Syracuse, New York 13202