Certificate in Event Planning

This 30-hour, hands-on program is designed for entrepreneurial-minded individuals who wish to establish an event planning business or work as event planning consultants. This course taught by Mrs. Leticia Guerra-Cantu, a renowned wedding and event planner in South Texas, will provide ample opportunities for students to gain from her 30+ years of expertise in the industry.  Students can expect to acquire in-depth knowledge of the ins-and-outs within wedding and special event planning industry. This course will include classroom time, as well as, hands-on experience with real events in South Texas.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will able to:  

  • Create high quality events
  • Understand the Dos and Don’ts of Event Planning
  • Build networking with local vendors
  • Start and run their own business
  • Become a great planner
  • Write and understand contracts
  • Become proficient at planning special events (i.e. Quinceaneras, galas, corporate  events, etc)

Additionally, students will also meet with and learn from experienced professionals in the Event Industry.

Course Duration
21 hours

Next Schedule
To Be Announced

Previous Schedule
September 20 - November 1, 2016
Graduation: November 15, 2016
Tuesdays 6 PM - 9 PM

UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site

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Wish List

  • People Interested in starting their own events planning business.
  • Any person interested in working in events planning industry.
  • People Interested in planning theirs or their family and friends events. 

No prerequisites required.


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Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 00359902. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

  • Leticia Guerra Cantu

    Serving the Rio Grande Valley for over 30 years, Mrs. Leticia Guerra-Cantu’s career not only includes her coordinating countless stunning weddings and special events, but also her custom design fashion studio Poise N’ Ivy, and ownership of The Valley Wedding Pages, LLC, the Rio Grande Valley’s Premiere Wedding Planning and Social Events Magazine where she serves as its Publisher and Editor. Her magnitude of experience, knowledge, and savvy of working in a demanding industry brings her to establishing The Wedding & Event Institute, The South Texas Division, so as to educate up-and-coming professionals who show great enthusiasm and promise as wedding planners.

"If you are seriously interested in a certification in event planning with a hands-on approach this is the class for you."- LE

"This course puts all details and planning process of events into perspective. Very worthwhile investments."- MG