A Special Events/ Conference/ Meeting Coordinator (297B) assists in the coordination and execution of events including meetings, conferences, conventions, weddings, fundraising events, festivals and trade shows. They may work in a variety of situations, including government, corporations, cruise lines, banquet and resort facilities, event management companies and non-profit organizations.
Job Related Skills, Interests and Values
Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Service sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/SPECIAL-EVE-COORD-297B-ENG-SOT-V200.FINAL_.AUG-311.pdf
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
A Special Events Coordinator is a voluntary certified trade in the service sector which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended. Grade 12 and age 16 is the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade. If you are currently attending high school, you may benefit from enroling in a Business Specialist High Skills Major Program. For more information, please click the following link:
Completion of a 5,000 hour (approximately 2-3 years) apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training. The in-school component is 350 hours that can be completed in night school or on a day release. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.
Classroom instruction includes:
What’s Your Future as a Special Events Coordinator?
Special Events Coordinators could work inside or outside. They could be self-employed or work on a contract basis. Because the success or failure of an event often depends on the abilities of the Special Events Coordinator, this can be a very high pressure, stressful trade. Hours can be long, especially close to an event, and evenings and weekends may be necessary.
Employers who hire Special Events Coordinators include:
Fully qualified Special Events Coordinators earn an average of $12-$17 per hour, not including overtime and benefits. Wages are affected by experience, type of employer, profile of the event, and if the tradesperson is self-employed.
Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Special Events Coordinator For You?
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Special Events Coordinator may be for You!
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