Wedding Planner, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Wedding planners are responsible for assisting clients in planning entire weddings or specific wedding activities. They discuss wedding logistics with clients, negotiate vendor contracts, and ensure that wedding-day activities run smoothly. They are also sometimes referred to as bridal or wedding consultants.
This program will introduce students to the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering weddings and parties. Students will learn to create event concepts and plan celebrations from beginning to end, understand how to negotiate and handle vendor contracts, and develop client contracts and service packages. Students will earn a certification as a professional wedding planner and will have an opportunity to put the new skills to work in an optional internship.
Students entering this program should have outstanding people skills, professional appearance, ability to work independently, good math skills, and knowledge and/or experience in hospitality-related fields is helpful. Since this course is delivered completely online, students will need to have the self discipline to complete all required material.
This program prepares students to work as a Wedding Planner at a venue or event planning business, or be ready to start their own business. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate the knowledge and skills of effective planning, orchestrating, and delivering stunning weddings and parties;
2. meet the eligibility requirements for the certification offered by the Wedding Planning Institute (WPI); and
3. prepare to gain employment as a wedding planner in the wedding industry.
Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs. Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study. You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.
CCBC Credential: Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
External Credential: Certified Wedding Planner
Certifying Organization: Wedding Planning Institute weddingplanninginstitute.com
Financial Aid and Payment Options
We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.
Length of Training
Approximately 340 hours
Students may work up to 9 months to complete the online course work.
Information sessions are offered monthly. Check the CCBC Continuing Education Catalog for locations, dates, and times.
- This program is offered entirely online and can be taken on either a Mac or PC.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later / PC: Windows 8 or later
- Internet connection
- Email capabilities.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this course.
- Browsers: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. MicrosoftEdge and Safari are also compatible.
This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.
Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.
Program Course Sequence
(approximate cost; subject to change)
|HSL068||Certified Wedding Planner - Module I||100||Included with course cost.||
Certified Wedding Planner - Module 2
|Included with course cost.||
|HSL073||Certified Wedding Planner - Module 3||70||Included with course cost.||
Certified Wedding Planner - Module 4
|70||Included with course cost.||
Course Series Totals:
Skills for Success:
Outstanding people skills, professional appearance, ability to work independently, good math skills. Knowledge and/or experience in hospitality-related fields helpful.
Since this course is delivered completely online, students will need to have the self discipline to complete all required material. A course instructor will be available to assist students with questions and to lead online activities during the course of the class.
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