Event Design Certificate Program - Level 1

Would you like to maximize the impact of your events?

Become a Certified Event Designer

The value of the event design profession lies in its ability to transform visions into tangible experiences that drive emotional engagement and achieve strategic outcomes.

As the demand for more sophisticated and meaningful events continues to grow, the skills and insights provided by event design training become increasingly valuable.

Through this event design certificate program, you will gain a deep understanding of the complexities involved in creating successful events, from conceptualization to execution, and you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to design and execute effective events, using the internationally recognized #EventCanvas Methodology.


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In an interactive workshop format, you will:

  • Learn the professional language to function effectively in event design, planning, and execution.
  • Gain tools for the effective use of resources to reach your organization’s and/or client’s goals.
  • Articulate how your event can change the behavior of your stakeholders to meet your goals.
  • Demonstrate the value of your event.
  • Learn the skillset of the Event Canvas™ Methodology, including stakeholder analysis, empathy mapping, and event prototyping.
  • Experience being on an Event Design Team through hands-on experience: you will apply the Event Canvas™ on a case study, explore empathy mapping, identify the change of behavior per stakeholder, frame the event design challenge locking in all design constraints, articulate the change required, and then prototype various event designs.

After completing this program, you will earn:

  • Event Design Collective (EDC) Level 1 Mastery Certificate of Attendance
  • UTRGV Professional Education & Workforce Development Certificate of Completion
  • 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – recognized by the Events Industry Council

• Employees in charge of planning events within organizations and businesses.
• People interested in starting their own events planning business.
• Any person who is interested in working in the events planning industry.
• People interested in planning theirs or their family and friends' events.

Note: PEWD program participants should be 18 years or older.

No prerequisites required.

Devon M. Pasha CMP, CED

Devon Montgomery Pasha, CMP, CED is a passionate events professional with over 20 years in the industry. She currently serves as the Director of North America for the Event Design Collective, specializing in event design education and training in the United States and Canada. A believer in purposeful and mission-driven events, Devon leverages design thinking and empathy-driven systems to design events that maximize impact.

Prior to applying her skills for the Event Design Collective, Devon worked at several universities to help advance their institutional and alumni events as well as notable special events around the Philadelphia region including work for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Waterworks, and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Devon has been a featured speaker and volunteer for MPI, Academic Event Planners, and Northstar Meeting Group, and has been recognized for her passion in elevating the importance of events in advancement. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Music and B.S. from Drexel University in Culinary Arts and Event Planning. Devon earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) certification from the Events Industry Council in 2020 and a CED (Certified Event Designer) designation from the Events Design Collective in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Creativity and Innovation from Drexel University’s School of Education and is an adjunct professor at Drexel University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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 the UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 003599. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Books will NOT be included in the loan amount. The minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

*The only loan provider PEWD accepts is Sallie Mae*

Please email pewd@utrgv.edu once you have been approved so we may certify your loan.

Private Loans



Edinburg Course Information

Registration Deadline:
June 13, 2024 at 12 p.m

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 8
* Provided by the Events Industry Council

June 14, 2024

Friday: 8 a.m - 5 p.m

Program Modality:

UTRGV McAllen Rio Bank

Devon M. Pasha CMP, CED

$ 395 PEWD exclusive price (Program Valued at $595)

- Breakfast & Lunch provided.
- For organizations: 30% discount when 3 or more staff members enroll.

Students requiring accommodation should contact our office pewd@utrgv.edu to learn about the process.


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