Higher Certificate in Events Management

Develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the demanding and competitive industry of events management. This programme offers students the necessary current and practical theory needed to thrive in this fast-paced industry.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Events Management courses online


The Higher Certificate in Events Management is designed to provide students with the skills and expertise to function successfully in the events management industry. Students will gain both practical and theoretical skills which will afford them with competency in the events sector enabling them to adapt well to international event settings. The programme will afford students with the necessary knowledge of the events management industry and its functional supporting areas while being able to apply management principles in the events management context in their future working careers.

Additionally, students will acquire good communicational skills (both written and verbal) which is critical in the service industry of events management.

Who Should Apply?

  • The Higher Certificate in Events Management is directed at those employed within the business sector, as well as those aspiring to enter into the commerce industry specifically in events managers (managers, employees, and regional local government). These include school leavers, prospective entrepreneurs, event company owners, management, employees, and regional local government.


Completion of the Higher Certificate meets the minimum entry requirement for admission to an appropriate Advanced Certificate. A Higher Certificate may also allow access to an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning. Each module is delivered over a 5 week period.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Conference Planners
  • Corporate Event Planners
  • Event Coordinators/ Wedding Planners
  • Event Managers/ Event Organisers

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Management Principles
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Introduction to Events Management
  • Events Administration and Operations
  • Applied Events Management
  • Marketing and Communication in Events Management


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Short essay questions
  • Project

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English.
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.

For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.

All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An Event Manager is responsible for ideating, organising and executing an event. To this end they deal with budgets, communication, suppliers, and the target audience. Find out more about what it means to be an event manager.

There are a number of different courses that assist with event management, like business, public relations and hospitality management. MANCOSA offers a comprehensive event management courses online that covers all aspects of event planning.

The main subjects that are needed for a Higher Certificate in Events Management are marketing and communication, financial management, events administration and operations, and applied events management.

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