Skills Training for Job Seekers (HRD)


HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide employability skills training and assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market.

Classes are designed to address current needs and trends of the complex and constantly changing workforce. 

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*All HRD courses are fee-waived for qualifying individuals who are unemployed, "underemployed," or who have received notice of layoff or pending layoff.*


Course Details & Registration Information

Career Pathway for Meeting and Event Planners
Overall Quality of This Course
Based on 7 student surveys.
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Learn about the technical skills and professional qualities needed to become employed as a professional event planner. Discuss personal attributes and interests necessary to plan meetings, conferences, fundraisers and other events for private individuals, public and private corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions. Explore skills and strengths needed to perform the events planning job duties. You will also determine the certifications and additional training or education available to increase your competitive edge as an event planner.
Course Objectives
  1. have researched the skills, education and credentials necessary to become an event planner.
  2. have identified the businesses and organizations that utilize event planning representatives.
  3. have discussed the role of technology with event planning.
  4. have reviewed attributes and skill sets beneficial for planning a conference, meeting and event.
  5. have identified event planning software used in the industry.
  6. have determined the certifications and additional training available to enhance skills as an event planner.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Module 1 - Conduct registration; Provide course overview and review student guide; Assess personality traits, interests, aptitudes, and values
  2. Module 2 - Conduct career assessment
  3. Module 3 - Discuss personality inventory and significance to events planning industry; Review the importance of transferable skills from Career Ready 101 assessment; Describe occupational trends and employment in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  4. Module 4 - Discuss importance of goal setting and the rationale for career planning; Identify strategies for establishing and maintaining professional goals; Set and prioritize professional short term and long term goals for achieving personal success and finding and maintaining employment
  5. Module 5 - Assess workplace and occupational skills and research events planning positions; Identify events planning industry trends and 20 fastest growing related occupations in North Carolina; Review importance of verbal and nonverbal communication skills in the workplace; Identify skills to development sound presentation skills and techniques to control nervousness
  6. Module 6 - Describe problem-solving techniques required in today’s workplace; Explain the need for problem solving in work related situations; Identify and practice using problem-solving tools and techniques for the events planning environment, and learn to generate alternative solutions
  7. Module 7 - Identify job hunting techniques; Develop and write an effective, eye catching cover letter; Identify appropriate references for a job search and create a reference letter; Gather necessary dates, information, and documents to complete an employment application suitable for the pathway; Create a resume based on a personal datasheet
  8. Module 8 - Prepare for an interview; List traits and characteristics that employers want from their employees to maintain a job and identify how to get and keep a job; Identify questions to consider before leaving a job and the best way to leave a job; Discuss the need for professional development and lifelong learning and pathways to additional training and education related to the events planning industry
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 95% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Exploring Entry Level Public Relations Occupations - HRD-3004H2
Course Contact Information
HRD Office
919-532-5694 or 919-532-5696