There are a lot of event management courses to choose from and can be difficult to find the right one for you.

In order to get ahead in the event management industry in South Africa, hard work and dedication are only the beginning.

We’ve heard it said “it’s not what you know, but who you know”, and in an industry such as this, it does, at least to some extent, ring true.

Dedication and hard work are all well and good, but a stellar education is what you really need to back it all up.

Thankfully, South Africa is home to a number of world-class schools offering their uniquely designed event management courses and curricula.

From degrees in event management and related areas, to diplomas and shorter certificate courses, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to formal event management training in South Africa.

But with so many courses, where should you start your research?

That’s why we created a list of the 16 best event management courses in South Africa, so you choose the perfect one.


The 16 Best Event Management Courses In South Africa - Aleit Academy


1. The Aleit Academy

The 16 Best Event Management Courses In South Africa - Aleit Academy

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  • 3 year Diploma course
  • Somerset West

At the Aleit Academy, lecturers and educators all believe in the power of an idea, and their fully registered and accredited three year diploma course is geared toward equipping ambitious young event managers to become qualified and savvy industry professionals who can bring their client’s wildest dreams to life without breaking a sweat.

Presented in partnership with The Aleit Group, the Aleit Academy Diploma Course is a combination qualification which incorporates all the different facets of the Hospitality and Event Management & Planning industries.

With practical training high up on the priority list, all Aleit Academy graduates already have relevant experience in the bag when they cross the stage at graduation.

With three years of full time study on the gorgeous campus at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, coupled with the practical, hands-on experience Aleit Academy students are afforded, their graduates are perfectly poised to make a mark on the industry from day one of their post-graduation careers.

The Aleit Academy’s inclusive and detailed approach to event management training allows their students to discover their niche, and the unique area of expertise in which they flourish, before they even graduate and head into the industry for themselves.

Many graduates of the Academy go on to work for The Aleit Group and other prominent creative businesses.

For more information, visit Aleit Academy.


2. Get Smarter UCT Online Short Course

Get Smarter UCT Online Short Course

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  • Short Course (online), certificate (10 weeks)
  • University of Cape Town, online campus

An online short course offered by the internationally recognized University of Cape Town, this 10-week short course is for those who are raring to hit the ground running and are keen to get their certification done and dusted in the minimum amount of time.

That’s not to say that this short course is not ultra-comprehensive! Covering everything from risk management to the latest industry trends in a conveniently structured 10-module, 10-week course, this certification is taught by an experienced event management specialist.

Gain the skills to design, administer and market events of any size in the South African context, and from someone who’s already paid their dues and found success on South African industry soil.

For more information, visit UCT Get Smarter.


3. Damelin Event Management Certificate

Damelin Event Management Certificate

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  • 1 year Event Management Certificate
  • Study at the Damelin campus nearest you

The Damelin Conference, Exhibition, and Event Management Certification is a full time certification which can be completed in one year.

This event management certificate is perfect for transforming the creative thinker into a strategic planner with excellent time management skills, capable of bringing their creative ideas to life in a practical way.

With modules covering sectors including finance, government, sport, retail and entertainment, and more, the Conference, Exhibition and Event Management Certificate is as comprehensive as they come.

Whether students are interested in focusing on wedding planning, tourism or risk management post-graduation, they’ll be exposed to it all during the course of their studies, and equipped to deal with whatever curve-balls the industry sees fit to throw them.

With campuses in the Eastern Cape, the Free State, Gauteng, KZN, Mpumalanga, and the Western Cape, Damelin courses are accessible to all!

For more information, visit Damelin.


4. Varsity College Higher Certificate in Event Management

Varsity College Higher Certificate in Event Management

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  • 1 Year Program, Higher Certificate In Event Management
  • Study at any of the available campuses

From the basics of office and presentation software to the nitty-gritty of coordinating and executing an event, the Varsity College Higher Certificate in Event Management is the true beginner’s guide to event management.

Including a module in Public Relations, this one-year long higher certificate prepares event management students for parallel opportunities for interaction with, or even careers in, marketing and related industries.

With campuses in Cape Town, Durban, PE, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, Sandton and Midrand, you can obtain your Varsity College Higher Certificate in Event Management practically from wherever you are!

For more information, visit Varsity College.


5. CPUT National Diploma in Event Management

CPUT National Diploma in Event Management

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  • 3 years full time/4 years part time, National Diploma
  • Course is offered on District Six Campus, by CPUT
  • Short course option (6 months, Cape Town Campus)

The CPUT National Diploma in Event Management prioritizes participation, both inside the classroom, and out in the real-world; attending, participating in and acting as support staff at various events.

Be educated by professional event managers, creative team members, health and safety, law and licensing specialists and many more!

For more information, visit CPUT.
For more information on the Short Course, visit CPUT Short Courses.


6. Oakfields College

Oakfields College

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  • Short program, certificate (10 weeks, part time)
  • Available at JHB, PTA, Somerset West campuses

Oakfields College firmly believes that dreaming is just another form of planning.

If you’d like to learn how to take dreaming one step further into mastery of professional events planning, their ten week, part-time certification offering may just be for you.

Students of Oakfield College find themselves thrown into the deep end, involved in planning an event from start to finish, all in only ten weeks.

For more information, visit Oakfields College.


7. Boston City Campus Diploma in Event Management

Boston City Campus Diploma in Event Management

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  • 3 year Diploma in Event Management
  • Any Boston City Campus

Boston City Campus’s Diploma in Event Management is unique in that students can undertake to complete their nationally accredited certifications via distance-learning, with their nearest Boston City campus acting as a Support Center.

While this diploma can be completed in a minimum of three years, students can register for the diploma course and space their studies out across up to six years; perfect for those hoping to obtain an accredited Diploma on a self-regulated part-time study basis.

Complete those modules for which you have the time, and defer those for which you don’t, as long as you obtain all the necessary credits within six consecutive years!

For more information, visit Boston City Campus.


8. College SA Event Management Short Courses

College SA Event Management Short Courses

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  • A combination of 7 independant short courses
  • Certificate of completion without national accreditation
  • Distance learning

Organized like a video game in which you level up as you keep playing, College SA’s seven independent short courses begin by covering the basics and offering increasingly more involved, and more advanced short courses, which those short courses which precede it in the organizational structure would have prepared their students to undertake.

Whether students want to play the tutorial, so to speak, and start at square one, or whether they want to jump in at level three with a Skills Course is up to them.

With short courses’ duration ranging from only 2 months to up to 8 months, students can opt in to complete only that which they know they have time for; and certificates are awarded upon the completion of each of the seven short courses.

These certificates are, however, not nationally accredited, and are merely certificates of completion from College SA.

For more information, visit College SA.


9. Rosebank College

Rosebank College

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  • 1 year, full time Higher Certificate in Event Management
  • At selected campuses only (Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban)

An educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), Rosebank College’s Higher Certificate in Event Management is a one year, full-time undertaking offered at their campuses in JHB, PTA, and DUR.

Rosebank College emphasizes this commerce-focused Higher Certificate is geared toward preparing students for work as trainee or junior events managers, as practical experience will only be gained after graduating from the course, and does not form a part of the curriculum.

For more information, visit Rosebank College.


10. Oxbridge Academy Event Management Course

Oxbridge Academy Event Management Course

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  • Short learning program in events management, 8 months
  • Full time or part time study at home (distance learning)

An unaccredited short learning program, Oxbridge Academy’s Event Management Course is perhaps best suited to students who are concerned with learning the practical ins and outs of event management, and are less concerned about the piece of paper they receive upon graduating.

With no minimum entry requirements (no matric), Oxbridge Academy’s Event Management Course is perfect for those who were driven to terminate secondary school early, whether dictated by circumstances, or purely by choice.

A vocational course in event management, Oxbridge Academy’s offering gets down to brass tacks and teaches students the nuts and bolts of surviving in the event management industry.

For more information, visit Oxbridge Academy.


11. Prestige Academy Diploma in Event Management

Prestige Academy Diploma in Event Management

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  • Diploma in Event Management, 3 years
  • Available at Bellville and Centurion Campuses

An accredited three-year Diploma course in event management, Prestige Academy has campuses in both Bellville and Centurion offering the course.

Focusing on developing well-rounded event management professionals, Prestige Academy highlights for students opportunities both within and outside the traditional event management industry.

With emphasis placed on teamwork and honing collaborative skills, Prestige Academy graduates have learnt how to work well under pressure and ensure the smooth and efficient running of any event.

For more information, visit Prestige Academy.


12. SACOB Short Courses in Conference & Event Management

SACOB Short Courses in Conference & Event Management

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  • Short Course, 10 week certificate program
  • Online classroom

Another distance learning opportunity, The South African College of Business (SACOB)’s short courses in conference & event management span a 10-week period and students are rewarded with a certificate for their efforts.

With no minimum entry requirements and fixed starting dates, the next available dates for registration are: 10 September, 15 October and 12 November 2018.

For more information, visit SACOB.


13. Skills Academy Event Management Courses

Skills Academy Event Management Courses

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  • A variety of short courses, certificate and advanced certificates
  • Distance learning only

Specializing in producing wedding planners par excellence, Skills Academy short courses cater to those just starting out, and those who already have the basics down pat.

With short course, proficiency, and advanced certificates on offer, Skills Academy offers both specialized wedding planning courses as well as general events management courses.

For more information, visit Skills Academy.


14. BOTI Events Management Course

BOTI Events Management Course

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  • 2 Day Event Management & Planning Beginners Training Course
  • Practical course
  • Venues available in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Putting the “short” in “short course”, this two-day crash course offered in CPT, JHB and DUR is geared toward those who are looking to hit the ground running.

Save time and get your practical education in cliff notes with a weekend introductory course on event management and planning.

With no minimum entry requirements, anyone with an interest in event management can sign up to learn!

For more information, visit BOTI.


15. The Private Hotel School Diploma in Event Management

The Private Hotel School Diploma in Event Management

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  • Diploma in Event Management (3 year qualification)
  • Stellenbosch campus only

An NQF level 6 qualification, the Diploma in Event Management as offered by The Private Hotel School is a full-time three-year qualification, fully accredited by the relevant governing bodies.

Applicants require a NSC (matric) or other relevant NQF 4 qualification in order to be considered for placement, and the campus enrolls new students in both January and July of each year.

Covering food and beverage studies, food service management, and a wide variety of other specialized subjects, The Private Hotel School caters to those looking to broaden their areas of expertise beyond strictly the event planning industry.

Students are expected to pass such subjects as Accounting, and Hospitality Law, and graduates of The Private Hotel School are well versed in local and international etiquette.

In the second semester of their third year, students undertake workplace internships at top events companies both in the country and abroad, and many of our graduates have gone on to be offered permanent work by the companies, estates, restaurants and hotels they interned with!

For more information, visit The Private Hotel School.


16. International Hotel School Higher Certificate in Event Management

International Hotel School Higher Certificate in Event Management

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  • Higher Certificate in Events Management, 1 year
  • Available at any of the 4 campuses

Offer two intakes a year in February and July, The International Hotel School’s Higher Certificate in Event Management is a one-year course aimed at equipping graduates for entry into the industry.

With 50% coursework and 50% work integrated or practical learning, students gain hands on experience from the word go, and are always in touch with practical developments in the industry.

Students also develop ancillary skills in First Aid, Fire Fighting and Beverage Service!

For more information, visit International Hotel School.