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Project Management for Festivals, Events and Hospitality

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Project Management has become a core skill for people who work in many sectors including festivals and events, tourism, hospitality, not-for-profit, education, service organizations, fundraising, the arts, and sports management, to name a few. One of the barriers that people in those sectors have experienced is that many project management courses are designed for those who work in information technology, engineering, or heavy industries. But now there is Project Management for Festivals, Events, and Hospitality and it was created to provide key tools to those who are managing projects in less traditional project environments.

This course has an accessible case study and an instructor who has many years of experience on projects similar to those of the target audience of this course. Course participants work in project teams to practice project management tools while they experience the realistic challenges that are encountered on projects. There is a special emphasis on project initiation and on how to create a project plan. At the end of the course, participants will be able to immediately start using their new skills that will increase their level of success on projects.

This practical, hands-on course is normally delivered in 2 days, but there is the option of a 3-day in-house delivery with participants creating a plan for one of their own projects.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Use project templates
  • Create a project charter and a project plan
  • Develop knowledge of “generally accepted” project management practices
  • Value the benefit of consistently using project management tools and techniques
  • Return to work or extra-curricular activities ready to improve project management processes



The Project Management for Festivals, Events and Hospitality course is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Are involved in organizing festivals or events
  • Work in the tourism, hospitality, the not-for project sector, or other non-traditional project environments
  • Would like to learn fundamental project management tools and techniques



There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, exercises and suggested solutions.


Project Initiation

  • Create a Project Charter
  • Manage stakeholders and their expectations


Project Planning

  • Create a Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Create a Scope Statement
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Create a plan to manage scope changes
  • Use simple estimating techniques
  • Create a budget via the WBS
  • Create a Resource Plan
  • Create a Logic Diagram and schedule
  • Create a Communications Plan
  • Manage project risk
  • Create a project plan

Project Execution

  • Manage meetings
  • Report on progress
  • Create status reports


Project Closure

  • Conduct a lessons learned session

course info

Course ID: 1553
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 2 days

upcoming sessions

Apr. 06, 2020 - Apr. 07, 2020
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 38 days
Calgary TBD

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Dec. 08, 2020 - Dec. 09, 2020
Instructor: Janice Petley

Event starts in: 284 days
Training Centres of Canada

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for the 2-day version of this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 11 2 1
PgMP 11 2 1
PfMP 0 2 1
PMI-ACP 11 2 1
PMI-SP 6 2 1
PMI-RMP 3 2 1
PMI-PBA 11 2 1

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

CFRE CE Points

Certified Fundraising Executives (CFREs) can claim 14 Continuing Education Points on both the initial and recertification applications for this course. Procept Associates Ltd. is CFRE Continuing Education Approved Provider as recognized by CFRE International.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 14CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 2 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 14 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 14 Learning Credits

Fantastic explanation of materials. Case study provided was great to work with.

I would recommend this course to others. 

Janice Savage:

This course had a logical flow and broke down the aspects of a project particularly well. I would recommend this course to others.

Akiva Sandler, Consultant:

This course provides the tools to use that will help the flow of any project. I would definitely recommend this course to others. 

Jan Taylor McIntyre, Administrative Secretary Dalhousie University:

I appreciated the use of charts and workshops in this course. I would definitely recommend this course to others. 

Teddy Lubimzev, COO Chai Lifetime Canada:

This course explained the concepts simply and clearly. I would recommend this course to others. 

Ora-Lea Tewel, Donor Research Officer Yeshiva University:

This course helped me identify a lot of key areas where I can improve as a director and leader in my organization.

I have already recommended this course to others! 

Rafi Yablonsky, Campaign Director, JNF Toronto:

This course gives beginners an amazing chance to learn at both the novice and complex levels. I would absolutely recommend this course to others!!

Stephanie Marcovich, Executive, Corporate Relations and Social Development at DANI:

I really enjoyed collaborating with others. The activities helped make the material easy to digest. 

I would absolutely recommend this course to others!

Erin Poredos, Conference Manager at Diversified:

This course not only explained the basic principles of project management but related PM to my are of expertise. 

Yes! I would recommend this course to others. 

Richard Stoll, Head of Guidance TanenbaumCHAT:

Very helpful course for looking at all details when planning events. The Work Breakdown Structure and Communications Plan will be an absolute must going forward. 

I would absolutely recommend this course to others. 

Lydia Mutyaba, Resource Development Associate: