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Advanced Diploma in
Special Event Planning & Design

The Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning & Design is the perfect course for you if you want the skills and knowledge to be able to plan and design all types of events and special occasions; from weddings, showers and christenings, to conferences, corporate events, meetings, sporting, charity and pop-up events, to festivals, product launches and fashion shows.

This is one of our most popular courses and covers all of the elements we teach when it comes to planning, managing, styling and producing weddings and events.  The average completion time for this course is 9 months, but you will have up to 2 years to finish your course with the support of your own dedicated Tutor.

Choose this course if you would like to;

  • Launch a wedding and event business
  • Offer your clients planning & design services
  • Enhance your employment opportunities/market share in both the wedding and event industry
  • Graduate with a Portfolio of work to show potential clients and employers
  • Maximise your income potential
  • Be a wedding & event planning, styling and designing professional
  • Combine a love of organisation, planning and attention to detail with the creativity of event design.

Upon graduation you will receive an industry, nationally & internationally recognised qualification as an International Special Event Planner and Designer. As a student of the Academy you can apply for a Tesselaar Flowers Student Account and get great deals on wholesale flowers as part of our partnership agreement.

How Our Courses Work


You will receive a login to our virtual campus where you can access your course materials, submit assignments & find your feedback and grades.


Enjoy flexible learning and study online at your own pace. Your dedicated tutor will personally support, guide & inspire you through your course.


We connect you with fellow students and event professionals around the world through our Advisory Board.


You'll receive an official printed certificate, course transcript and digital accreditation badge from the Academy to use online.


The Academy is an affiliate training provider of ACPET (Australian Council for Private Eduation and Training) and a member of Adult Learning Australia (ALA) Our courses are accredited through Australia’s top two Bridal Associations ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) and ABS (Australian Bridal Service). This is an exclusive accreditation and our courses are the only courses to receive this award. The Academy is nationally and internationally recognised as a professional Wedding and Event training organisation with Director, Kylie Carlson, speaking at many industry events globally.

All the Academy course material has been approved by ILEA, the International Live Events Association to ensure a high standard of education is provided and maintained.

Educational Memberships

  • ALA – Adult Learning Australia is the national peak body for adult and community education (ACE).
  • ACPET – The Australian Council for Private Education and Training promotes quality in private education.

Recognised by:

  • ABS – Australian Bridal Services
  • ABIA – Australian Bridal Industry Academy
  • ILEA – International Live Events Association

Course Units

Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design

Course Sample

You are invited to an Education Experience 

Explore the virtual campus, experience the courses, take a sneak peak at the assignments and peruse our library of publications.

No one wants to buy anything sight unseen, even education, which is why we have created the ‘education experience’. We want you to understand what it’s like to be a student, before you buy, so you can enrol with confidence.

  • Sample our Courses. We invite you to ‘Experience Education’ with the Academy via our interactive, online, Student Campus.
  • View Assignments & Student Work.  Your ‘experience’ includes access to sample assignments and a sneak peak at work completed by students and their Tutor’s feedback too.
  • Hear from our Students. Access interviews with some of our students about their experience of studying at the Academy.
  • Enjoy the Academy Publications. Read the International Wedding Trend Report & dive into back issues of the Wedding Business Magazine.



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Are you passionate about events? Do you love the creative side of styling and design? Do you dream of a new career which makes you spring out of bed each day?

We can help you to take the next step. The team here at the Academy has helped many students enter the wedding and event industry either by launching their own business or by helping them to get a job with an established company.

“First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.” ~ Walt Disney

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