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Event Planning

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify different types of events.
  • Develop an event plan.
  • List the nine essential steps in event planning.
  • Create an event budget.
  • Manage the myriad of details involved in event planning.
  • Identify and plan for possible risks.
  • Produce an event evaluation plan.

Download full Course Curriculum in Adobe PDF format.

Downloadable Resources

17 downloadable resources in this course

Free sample resource (PDF): Sample Event Preparation Timeline

Course Level/Prerequisites/Certification Credits

Introductory level, no prerequisites. Take the optional final quiz. If you pass with 70% or more, you can download a Certificate of Completion.

Participation in the course is applicable for 2 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

This training may be used to meet the requirements for renewing the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. One Professional Development Unit (PDU) is awarded for each 50-60 minute session or contact hour in topics related to volunteer resources management. For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit or email

Continuing education certification-eligible through the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources - Ontario (PAVR-O).


This course is on-demand, meaning that you can take it anytime, at your own pace. The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete from start to finish, but you have access for 3 months. Take it all at once. Take it in 15-minute bites. Take breaks between each module. Come back in a month for a refresher. It's entirely flexible and up to you!


$89 per user; 3 month access

System Requirements

Course Author

Mary Wallace Poole of Braveheart Consulting

User Feedback

I have taken 3 courses offered by CharityVillage – Event Planning, Grantseeking, and Proposal Writing. In each course I found the content to be specific, and well-organized providing me with a solid, practical foundation in this subject matter. Having completed both, I would strongly recommend they be taken together. The courses really come to life with great audio and visuals, plus quizzes along the way ensured I was absorbing the content. Navigation was easy and well explained and the objectives were stated clearly and tied to outcomes at the course’s completion. Thanks, CharityVillage, for putting together a timely and topical resource that’s accessible according to my schedule, and cost-effective for my employer!

-- Kathy Hurst, Final Word Communications

"My experience with CharityVillage courses has been very positive! I have taken the Event Planning course, which is fairly new to me and the Volunteer Program course, which I am more seasoned in. Both offered practical new tools that I am able to keep as resources and incorporate into my work. I would definitely recommend any of the courses to those who are looking to gain new skills and knowledge in specific areas, as well as those experienced professionals looking for fresh tools and resources."

-- Deanna Kloess, Coordinator of Volunteer Resources, Peel Children's Centre, Mississauga, ON