When I decided to take a flying leap into the wonderful of event planning professionals, there were a quite a few decisions I had to make as a career change. I thought carefully about the steps I needed to take in creating a successful event career, and one of the first things that came up was whether or not I needed an event planning certification.

Becoming a certified expert seems like the easy – and obvious – choice to make. But for me, the question of ‘to certify, or not to certify‘ was a bigger decision than I anticipated. While I certainly saw the advantages to becoming certified, I wasn’t sure if I *needed* an event certification.

Whenever I’m unsure about what to do next, I like to gather as much information as I can to make a decision. I researched the program options available to become certified as an event planner. I also created a list of the pros and cons to help me decide (although my list *technically* had no cons because I try to be optimistic about everything…but I digress.).

Between the research and my super-positive, pro-event planning certification list, I came to the following conclusions:

  1. It’s a pretty nice mark of achievement. For the certified event planner, a certification sounds like a guarantee of that person’s qualifications…you know – if you’re into that whole ‘achievement’ thing. (I’m KIDDING – we should all aspire to greatness!) But jokes aside, an event planning certification seems like a valuable marketing tool to someone who wants to establish themselves in a new industry and as a professional.
  2. It’s a good way to get event credentials. For any event professional who are passionate about growing their event career, it’s important to have a set of professional accolades that you can easily share with your clients. Given the number of talented industry professionals out there, the planner with an event planning certification could use it as a means to distinguish his or her work. It can also serve as a vital component in developing relationships with clients. I imagine that if I were certified as an events planner, I could use it as a talking point with potential clients to create a sense of comfort in my abilities as a professional.
  3. As an avid learner, I might actually enjoy the process of becoming certified. I know this may not be the most typical advantage for a pro and pro list, but learning is a big factor for me. I am a bookworm, and I love learning new things. Plus I’ve always been a pretty ‘by-the-book’ kind of girl, which in a way makes me the perfect candidate for getting an event planning certification.