I am the 27th year in this industry as a congress/event manager and through I am a graduate of Tourism Management from Bosphorus University I have always wished that there was a school that I can get a greduate degree on my job. So recently I dived in to the depths of Linkedin and found the below centers for education on our field, these are the top 3 that I feel will benefit the people who are already on the job but need just a bit of more details and a chance to discuss and communicate with their peers.
Here are some of the best options available:
1. International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO): IAPCO offers a Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) training program that covers all aspects of congress and event management. The program is designed for professionals who are already working in the industry and want to enhance their skills.
2. Meeting Professionals International (MPI): MPI offers various educational programs, including the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) program, which covers all aspects of meeting and event management, including congress management. The program is designed for professionals who want to advance their careers in the industry.
3. Event Leadership Institute (ELI): ELI offers online courses and certificates in event management, including courses on congress and convention management. Their courses cover a wide range of topics, including event planning, marketing, sponsorship, and production.
In conclusion, there are many educational programs available for those interested in congress and event management. These programs vary in length, format, and cost, so it’s important to do your research and choose the one that best suits your needs and goals.