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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Centennial College Special Event Planning program, offered by the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to plan, design and execute diverse events from corporate meetings and tourism conferences to fundraisers and weddings. Special event planning is a growing role in many organizations in a variety of industries.


Special event planners are responsible for corporate meetings, functions, trade shows, social gatherings and celebrations. Business topics, including accounting, marketing and human resources are taught in this program and will be complemented with sponsorship, event design and catering courses. This two-year hospitality diploma concludes with an experiential learning opportunity working alongside professional event planners and managers in a variety of industries and on campus at Centennial’s new 20,000 sq. ft. event and conference centre.

Career Outlook

  • Catering and Event Coordinator
  • Event Planner / Event Manager
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Trade Show Organizer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Live Events Specialist
  • Media Event Planner
  • Wedding Planner

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: International students: Apply early! Allow approximately four to six months before start for admission and Study Permit/Visa processing. 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Events 
  • General Education Elective 
  • Introduction to Computers (Online) 
  • Math for Hospitality 
  • Presenting and Communicating Effectively 
  • Food Safety, Smart Serve and First Aid 

                                                                English Language Requirements

                                                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                                                • Minimum required score:


                                                                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                                                  The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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                                                                • Minimum required score:


                                                                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                                                • Minimum required score:


                                                                  PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

                                                                Academic Requirements

                                                                General Requirements

                                                                Academic Requirements
                                                                • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
                                                                • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

                                                                Tuition Fee

                                                                • International

                                                                  12772 CAD/year
                                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                                  Based on the original amount of 12772 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                                                • National

                                                                  2850 CAD/year
                                                                  Tuition Fee
                                                                  Based on the original amount of 2850 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                                                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                                                Living costs for Toronto

                                                                • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
                                                                  Living Costs

                                                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                                                Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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