Extension Education

Career & Community Enrichment

Many of today’s jobs require employees to continue training and upgrade their skills while on the job. The Career Training Department offers a multitude of courses that will allow you to advance your skills and qualifications and assist in preparing you for a new career.

These topics include but are not limited to: Small Gas Engine, Motorcycle Repair, Substance Abuse Counselors, Ground School for Pilots, Property Management, Foreign Languages, Industrial Sewing Machine Operator, Bartender Training, Wedding/Event Planning, Effective Teaching Training, American Sign Language, Private Investigator Training, and more.

Training is also conveniently available through a large selection of online programs.

Auto Dealer’s 12-Hour Pre-Licensing Course

This course provides prospective auto dealers with the 12 hours of authorized pre-licensing training required by the Department of Motor Vehicles to be licensed as a North Carolina independent auto dealer. Topics include dealer laws and regulations, DMV regulations, federal laws and rules, and proper recordkeeping.

 


Auto Dealer’s Training

All auto dealers (under the age of 65) are required to attend this training in order to renew their license. The law requires that the person whose name is on your auto dealer’s license must attend this training, although it would be helpful for anyone working in independent auto sales to attend. Failure to attend and complete this six-hour requirement will result in a revocation of your dealer license. The intent of this training is to provide annual updates to all independent dealers on contemporary issues. At the conclusion of this class, you will receive a certificate of completion. In addition, the names of those who complete the class, the dealer’s name, dealership’s name and address, and the dealer’s license number will be sent to the DMV for their database.


Load Escort Vehicle Operator Certification

The North Carolina Department of Transportation requires that certified vehicle escort drivers accompany the movement of oversize/overweight loads on the NC highway system. To become certified, you must meet the following requirements: 1) certified by another state’s approved program, or 2) a North Carolina law enforcement officer, or 3) a person who meets one of the following requirements: a) at least 21 years of age, or b) at least 18 years of age with a Class A commercial driver’s license; 4) possesses a valid driver’s license without restriction other than for use of corrective lenses and has a driving history without conviction of driving while impaired or reckless driving in the previous 12 months; 5) has successfully completed an NCDOT oversize-overweight escort vehicle operator course with certification exam score of at least 75 percent (75%) correct and has received consequent certification by the Department. Certification is valid for four years. Complete information is available at www.ncdot.org/~osowpermits or by calling 888-221-8166.


Load Escort Vehicle Operator Recertification

This course has been designed for those seeking renewal of their NC Load Escort Vehicle Operator’s Permit. The NCDOT requires that operators are certified every four years. Vehicle escort drivers accompany the movement of oversize/overweight loads over the North Carolina highway system. This course meets the NCDOT requirement for permit renewal certification.


Motorcycle: Basic Rider Course

Learn safe motorcycle riding under the direction of Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified instructors. This beginning course is designed for riders with little or no experience. Based on extensive date, research, and field tests, this course combines online, classroom, and on-bike experience to give an overall understanding of motorcycling and prepares the student with basic riding skills. To be eligible to take this course, students must be able to ride a bicycle and lift and keep a motorcycle upright. In this course motorcycles and helmets are provided to students.

For more information, please visit www.ncmotorcyclesafety.org. Students may purchase accident insurance to cover class activities for $2 per item (available form the Continuing Education Records and Registration office). Please call 910-678-8386 for class availability; for all other questions please call 910-678-8446.

NOTE: The North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program requires 100% attendance. You must be present and in your classroom seat at 5:30 PM when the first class begins. Failure to be on time will result in your slot being denied. Successful completion of the e-course portion of the class on the first night of the course is required. On the first night of the course (Friday), the course instructors will provide each student with an e-course code that will exempt each student from having to pay the $20 e-course registration fee. If a student does not present the e-course certificate of completion to the instructor by the time the riding portion of the course begins on Saturday morning, a student’s slot in the class will be denied.


Motorcycle: BRC2U

This nine-hour course, designed for students with at least six months of riding experience, stresses both the mental and physical aspects of riding, gives specific information on how to lower the risks of riding, and provides training and practice in critical riding skills.

You may use your own motorcycle or a borrowed one with written permission from the owner of the vehicle, and you will need proof of insurance and a motorcycle endorsement on a valid driver’s license. Each motorcycle must pass a “T-Clock” inspection by the instructor.


Motorcycle Repair & Maintenance

With the popularity of motorcycles and ATVs comes the opportunity to earn a living in motorcycle repair and maintenance. Maybe you already have some automotive repair experience and want to see if this is something that might interest you. Emphasis will be placed upon two-and four-stroke engines, calibration and synchronization of carburetors, braking system safety and maintenance, what to do when the lights and power fails, repair of frame and suspension, and which oils are best at preventing damage. This course is also open to those who own a motorcycle or are considering buying one and want to learn how to do some of their own repair and maintenance.

NOTE: With questions, please contact Patrick Morrison at 910-497-3686 or email cycleshop104@gmail.com.


OBD2 Emissions Inspection

This course will certify vehicle emissions inspectors in accordance with the NC Department of Transportation laws. Textbook provided in class.

Students will need to know their Inspection Station Number and have a Valid North Carolina Driver’s License when completing paperwork in class; also, students will need to go to the following link, print a copy of the LT-310 form, have the shop owner, partner, or officer sign and date and bring with you on the first day of class: https://connect.ncdot.gov/business/DMV/Pages/Inspection-Stations.aspx.


Small Gas Engine Repair (Beginner)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to service and repair various types of engines? Form lawn mowers to two- and four-cylinder engines, in this class you will learn the basics and some intermediate level repairs. This is an excellent course for those training to work in the small engine mechanic industry.


Small Gas Engine Repair (Intermediate)

Broaden your knowledge in the small gas engine repair industry. During this class, emphasis will be placed upon shop practices and safety, engine fundamentals, engine service, repair of lawn and garden equipment, outboard motor service, and other small utility engines.

PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Small Gas Engine Repair (Beginner) or equivalent experience.


Vehicle Safety Inspection

This course will certify vehicle safety inspectors in accordance with the NC Department of Transportation laws. Students will need to know their Inspection Station Number and have a Valid North Carolina Driver’s License when completing paperwork in class; also, students will need to go to the following link, print a copy of the LT-310 form, have the shop owner, partner, or officer sign and date and bring with you the first day of class: https://connect.ncdot.gov/business/DMV/Pages/Inspection-Stations.aspx.


UAS/Drone Training

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are commonly known as Drones, and these flying systems are flown without a human pilot aboard. However, a properly trained human operator is still required. During this course, students will gain the knowledge and flying experience needed to pass the FAA Knowledge Test for UAS Operators. The topics of this course include aerospace history, weather, navigation, instruments, preflight planning, computer and wind triangles, regulations, radio communications, the aviation field and procedures necessary to become a safe private pilot and/or drone pilot.


UAS/Drone Training Workshop

This course is designed for those who would like to understand more about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) also known as drones. Join us and learn from an FAA Certified Flight Instructor the terminology, history, operations, and regulations for these up and coming technologies. With questions, please contact your instructor at ddlong@gmail.com.


Basic Electrical Wiring (Residential)

This course will provide an overview of electrical wiring techniques and is suitable for students with no prior knowledge of electrical theory or installation. While electrical fundamentals such as Ohm’s law will be examined, emphasis will be placed on the design and installation of residential electrical systems. Topics will include an overview of home electrical systems, circuit design, electrical tools and test equipment. cable and wire types, calculation of circuit capacity, mapping and tracing circuits, troubleshooting, and electrical inspections.


Electrical Contractor’s License Renewal – Preparation Unit 1

Electrical contractors are required to complete eight (8) contact hours of continuing education per year to be eligible for re-licensing. This course will provide contractors with updated information on the changes in the National Electric Code, the NC Electric Code, and local utility company requirements. It will also provide information on electrical installation requirements, grounded conductors identification and use, branch and feeder circuits, branch feeders and service calculations, and outside circuits.

 


Electrical Contractor’s License Renewal – Preparation Unit 2

Electrical contractors are required to complete eight (8) contact hours of continuing education per year to be eligible for re-licensing. This course will provide contractors with updated information on the changes in the National Electric Code, the NC Electric Code, and local utility company requirements. This course will also provide the necessary information on wiring methods, materials, and equipment for general use.

 


EPA Refrigerant Recovery/Recycling Certification

This course is designed to prepare technicians for the CFC Recovery/Recycling Certification examination given on the last class date. The course will include core materials component for small appliance technicians. Further, the characteristics of refrigerants used for short-term, long-term, high, medium, and low-pressure applications will also be covered.


Floor Covering and Tile Installation

This course is designed for those who are interested in learning elements of construction building trades, such as how to install or replace the floor coverings in homes or for commercial projects. During this course you will learn rules of safety for working on site, the appropriate hand-tools to use for various jobs, how to plan, design, select materials, estimate cots, and install solid wood, laminate, tile (ceramic, porcelain, and stone), sheet vinyl, vinyl planks and tiles, and carpeting. This course serves as training for those interested in employment as flooring installers and restorers. In depth hands-on training will be provided for various types of jobs.


Fundamentals of Refrigeration I

This course is designed for the person who is interested in learning the fundamentals of heating and air conditioning systems. Maintenance, repair, and basic installation will also be covered in this course.


Heat Pump Technology

This course is designed to provide a working knowledge and understanding of heat pump technology for those desiring employment in the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning as well as those already employed. This course will address laws of refrigeration air properties, refrigerants and recovery techniques, pressure-temperature relationships, heat transfer, types of systems, basic controls, components, and troubleshooting techniques specifically focused toward heat pump technology.


Introduction to Cabinetmaking

This course will provide an overview of the cabinetmaking process. Topics will include wood characteristics and selection; hand and power tools; safety practices; gluing and clamping; abrasives; joinery; laminates; finishing techniques; and kitchen and bath layout.


Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Course (RRP)

This course is tailored to provide students with knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the work performed in target housing, child care facilities, and pre-1978 buildings in accordance with 40 CFR Part 745. The course will include proper methods of safety and warning signs, disposal of contaminants, clean-up and proper actions, in the containment area.


Residential & Commercial Repairs

This class is designed for those who desire to learn core skills used by carpenters and construction workers to complete repairs in residential and commercial settings. During this course you will learn how to complete basic carpentry repairs and topics included are safety, hand/power tool use, site preparation, measurement and layout for various projects, footings and foundations and other related topics. Students will also be introduced to techniques necessary to complete residential and commercial repairs for various job levels. You will be given the opportunity to practice your skills with thorough hands-on training.


The Furniture Upholstery classes are offered to provide training to students that will allow them to increase their skills from novice to professional. These classes are located at 205 Forsythe Street in The Re-Store Warehouse. Students enter on the side of the building and the classroom is located downstairs. If you need additional information, please call 910-678-8431.


Furniture Upholstery (Beginner)

Do you have a desire to learn how to restore furniture by replacing the upholstery? During this hands-on workshop you will learn the necessary steps to restoring furniture that may include how to sew cushions, skirts, and covers for upholstery and how to re-tie and tie springs, brace the frame, and secure the webbing in furniture. You will receive instructions on how to complete individual projects at a professional level.

 


Furniture Upholstery (Intermediate)

If you’ve taken a furniture upholstery class then yo know how rewarding it can be when you complete your first project! During this class, you will be given the opportunity to complete your unfinished projects and learn more advanced skills in operating the industrial sewing machines at a professional level. During this hands-on workshop you will learn the necessary steps to upholster difficult or odd shaped piece of furniture, recover furniture with attached pillow backs or curved pieces, sew double welt trim, dew cushions with button tufting, attach skirts, and make arm covers. You will receive instructions on how to complete your individual project at the level of a professional.

 


Upholstery Sewing

Operating a standard sewing machine is one thing but when it comes to setting up and sewing with an industrial sewing machine, there are few other skill sets required. During this course you will be introduced to various methods and techniques of sewing upholstery covers and how to operate the machine to sew straight lines, corners, curves, and welts. Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to thread, maintain and operate sewing machines to complete various projects sewing upholstery fabric.

 


Alive at 25

The purpose of the Alive @ 25 program is to help drivers ages sixteen to twenty-five choose safe driving practices, take responsibility for their behavior, and be aware of the typical driving hazards. The program also helps participants recognize that their casual attitudes towards driving can cause collisions and violations, and encourages them to adopt safer approaches to driving.

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving and Young Adult (DDC-ADD 8)

The purpose of this course introduction is to welcome participants to the young adult version of the DDC-Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving course and give them the opportunity to become familiar with the instructor, the training facility, and the course content and materials. In this session, participants consider the reasons for being in the course while discussing their violations, people important in their life, and advantages of having a license.

For additional information, please call: 910-678-0026/8494
To register for these programs, please follow this link: Defensive Driving Registration

Spanish (Beginner)

Spanish is the 2nd most used language in the United States and in today’s society it is recognized as an additional skill when qualifying for promotions or a new career. In this course you will study grammar, conversation, and a touch of culture. This course is designed for those who have Spanish-speaking customers and employees, those who anticipate doing business with Spanish speakers, or those traveling to Latin America or Spain. If your workplace would benefit from your ability to speak and understand Spanish, then it will be to your advantage to enroll in this course. By registering for the longer Spanish Beginner course, your instructor will expand on the topics listed above.


Spanish (Intermediate)

This is a continuation of beginner Spanish with emphasis placed on grammar and conversation. If you have taken beginning Spanish or have some background in the Spanish language, you should be comfortable with the content and pace of this class. Emphasis will be on building conversational skills to increase your ability to speak with Hispanic employees, co-workers, and friends.

PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Spanish (Beginner) course or equivalent experience.


Speed Spanish I

Imagine yourself speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish.¡Qué Bueno!


Fundamental Skills for Substance Abuse Counselors – Part I

This course is designed to introduce you to the field of chemical dependency with an overview of the counseling concepts and processes involved. Studies will include a historical perspective, the addictive process, classifications and effects of drugs, an in-depth view of the state certification process of becoming a certified Substance Abuse Counselor for North Carolina, and substance abuse prevention strategies.


Fundamental Skills for Substance Abuse Counselors – Part II

This course builds on those skills developed in Part I and includes fundamental counseling skills and relapse prevention.

Prerequisite

– Fundamental Skills for Substance Abuse Counselors Part I


How to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor

This seminar is designed to introduce you to the field of substance abuse counseling with an overview of the counseling concepts and processes involved. You will learn about the state certification process of becoming a certified Substance Abuse Counselor for North Carolina.


Physiology, Anatomy & Pharmacology of Substance Abuse

This course is being offered at the request of those completing the substance abuse fundamental skills courses. It will continue your training to become a certified substance abuse counselor or provide additional information to those already employed as substance abuse counselors.

Instruction will include the varied roles drugs play in contemporary society including the historical context of drug use, misuse, and addiction. Instruction will also include an overview of cell permeability and human neuronal physiology, as well as information on how the human brain’s reward system functions.

Your instructor will provide information on the pharmacology of the classes of psychoactive substances and tolerance, withdrawal, and protocol for detoxification from each.


Substance Abuse Counselors’ State Board Exam Preparation

This course is a continuation of the Fundamental Skills for Substance Abuse Counselors series and is designed for the advanced substance abuse student who has successfully completed Parts I and II and intends to sit for the NC State Boards exam. Discussions will include the application of substance abuse counseling in business, industry, and in various professions. Students will receive test prep tips for passing the State Boards Exam.


Sanitation for Food Service

This course is designed to teach proper food service sanitation practices relating to food storage, food preparation, equipment cleaning, sanitary facilities, and personal hygiene.

**The food service class “Sanitation for Food Service Personnel” sponsored by the Cumberland County Health Department does not meet the requirements for recently adopted North Carolina Food Code. Person who may wish to attend this class will not be eligible to receive the additional two points toward their sanitation evaluation score. This class does meet all the requirements for Day Care Plans and Facilities in Cumberland County.


ServSafe Food Safety Training

The restaurant and food service industry’s preeminent food safety training, the ServSafe program is recognized and accepted by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions that any other food safety program. It prepares the industry to prevent food-borne illness, reduce liability risks, lower insurance costs, and improve food quality. Effective training means your entire operation will be more efficient, profitable, and have a better understanding of health department inspections.

**ALL food establishments are required by law to have a certified food protection manager (CFPM) at the food establishment during all hours of operation per section 2-102.12 of the NC Food Code. In order to meet this requirement, an ANSI accredited program must be taken.


Sign Language I

Sign language bridges the gap between those who can hear and those who cannot. Many of you have had the experience of seeing a deaf person signing and were amazed. You then think to yourself, it would be wonderful if you could communicate with the hearing impaired. Here is your chance. Our dynamic instructors will introduce you to the process and basic structure of American Sign Language (ASL) to provide a basic understanding of, and ability to use, the language.


Sign Language II

In this course, you will continue the study of the process of signing, the basic structure of American Sign Language (ASL) and be provided with an in-depth understanding of the language. You will also work on increasing your ability to use the language more fluently, building on your receptive and expressive skills.

PRE-REQUISITE: Sign Language I or equivalent experience.


Sign Language III

This course is for the intermediate student with ASL structure and grammar introduced for the development of receptive signing skills. This introduction to interpreting methods and ethics will prepare you for advanced study in sign language.

PRE-REQUISITE: Sign Language I and II or equivalent experience.


Sign Language IV

This course will stress the expansion of sign language vocabulary and will include an introduction to English idioms and sign language idioms. You will also be provided with field experience opportunities to practice your skills.

PRE-REQUISITE: Sign Language I, II, and III or equivalent experience.


Effective Teacher Training for Substitute & Teacher Assistants

Would you like to be a substitute teacher or teacher assistant, but you’ve never had any training? This course will provide training in instructional feedback, presentation skills, learning expectations, monitoring students’ interactions, social interactions, time management, non-instructional duties, and evaluations. After completing this course, students will be equipped with the foundational skills required to step into the classroom as a substitute teacher!

NOTE: The Effective Teaching Training for Substitutes and Teacher Assistants course requires 100% attendance. Students must be present for the full 24 hours of course time. There are no excused absences.


FTCC Online Effective Teaching Training

Would you like to be a substitute teacher or teacher assistant, but you’ve never had any training? This course will provide training in instructional feedback, presentation skills, learning expectations, monitoring students’ interactions, social interactions, time management, non-instructional duties, and evaluations. After completing this course, students will be equipped with the foundational skills required to step into the classroom as a substitute teacher!

 


Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement

The road to literacy is also the road to ingenuity, invention, and imagination, and you’ll soon learn how to take your students from groans to grins with creative lesson plans that really work! Get the professional development training you need to improve student literacy as an accomplished teacher shares the secrets of turning guided reading strategies into opportunities for teaching writing. This course will cover the reasons reading and writing are so difficult for students, the total literacy framework and its solutions to literacy problems, and steps for turning a successful guided reading into a writing lesson. If you’re looking for the right way to get students excited about the power of literacy, this is the course for you!


Integrating Technology in the Classroom.

In this professional development course for teachers, you’ll learn the secrets of technology integration in the classroom, and gain the skills educators need to effectively use wikis, podcasts, and blogs. In this course, you’ll discover simple ways to integrate technology to enhance your subject material and meet your course goals. Additionally, you’ll explore quick-and-easy, standards-based solutions for more interactive lesson plans, exciting WebQuests, and challenging assignments. This course also covers the power of Web resources, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Furthermore, you’ll learn how to design your presentation station, identify kid-friendly Internet search tools, teach keyboarding and word processing, and develop standards-based, integrated lesson plans in reading, writing, science, math, social studies, music, and art. Finally, you’ll delve into ways to reach special needs, GATE, and English language learners. Whether you’re new to the integration process or already use emerging technologies in your classroom, this course is a must for today’s educators who often have to produce more and more in less and less time. By the end of the course, you’ll have a reservoir of ideas for integrating all types of technology into your lesson plans across the curriculum!


Singapore Math: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6

As a teacher, you know that many students groan when it’s time to solve word problems. Why is that? Are the problems too difficult? Do students get lost trying to decipher the wording or figure out the computation? Do they simply not know which strategy to use? Actually, it’s a combination of all these issues. Luckily, model drawing, a Singapore Math strategy for working word problems, will help your students start to enjoy math in a way they may never have before. The secret behind model drawing is that it gives students a concrete, reliable set of seven steps that they can use to solve 80% of the word problems out there. They won’t have to memorize 20 different techniques and know when to use which technique anymore. Instead, they’ll learn how to read the problem, determine its variables, draw a unit bar (the visual model), adjust that bar, place the question mark to indicate what they’re solving for, do the computation, and write a complete sentence at the end. Come join this professional development course for teachers and get the training you need to start teaching model drawing!


Solving Classroom Discipline Problems

Why do some teachers enjoy peaceful, orderly classrooms while others face daily discipline battles? The answer is that some teachers know the secrets to solving discipline problems. This course reveals those secrets and presents a step-by-step approach to effective, positive classroom discipline.


Survival Kit for New Teachers

Feel a little trepidation before entering your classroom? You’re not alone! Teaching is a balancing act, and it requires a blend of subject expertise and classroom skills to reach all of your diverse learners. In this informational and interactive course, you’ll learn the particulars of running a motivational classroom. You’ll find out how to write winning lesson plans, reach diverse learners through differentiated instruction, communicate clearly, plan memorable events, and most important, keep stress at bay so you can feel good about going to work every morning. Whether you’re already teaching, a newly credentialed graduate, or a substitute looking to transition to full-time, this course will provide you with proven tools, tips, and tricks to make your early years in the classroom a breeze.


Teaching Preschool: A Year of Inspiring Lessons

If you’ve been teaching preschoolers or are in the process of becoming a preschool teacher, you know what short attention spans preschoolers have. You’ve probably wondered how to structure your days to make the most of the way they learn. In the past, crafting original and inspiring lesson plans may have been a daunting task, but not for much longer! In this course, you’ll learn how to create a solid lesson plan template with many interchangeable activities. You’ll learn over 100 circle-discussions, art, literacy, fine and large motor skills, science, and music activities that you can take into your classroom right away. By the end of this course, you’ll have ample material for crafting memorable, balanced, and engaging lesson plans. Whether you’re already teaching or you’re just investigating a career as an early childhood educator, you’re sure to find the right mix of inspiration, motivation, and practical tips in this course.


NC-Certified school teachers (and other interested adults) may enroll in one of 40+ Continuing Education/Teacher Renewal courses for a modest fee.

Courses Offered

Courses range from 1 CEU to 5 CEUs (Teacher Renewal Credits). View a list of available courses.

Corporate & Social Event Planning

Are you interested in learning more about planning meetings/seminars, product launches, galas, recognition events, trade shows, birthday parties, retirement parties, and more? The objectives set for this course will allow you to expand your knowledge by learning in-depth terminology for the corporate industry including audio visual rentals and usages. You will also learn how to design the event, plan the event, set budgets, execute successfully, review performances, and charge for services. Take your event planning business to the next level and become a corporate event planner! Your instructor will help you develop a philosophy of success that will prepare you to start an organized event planning business or elevate your current business and teach you how to prepare essential business forms.


Professional Event Decorations

Decorating for an event is an important part of putting on a successful party or function of any kind. During this course you’ll be introduced to the top techniques to transforming each event into a breathtaking sight. Join the group and begin learning the tricks of the trade to fulfilling the wishes of your clients and running a successful event decorator business! This is an excellent course for current professional event coordinators or those of you looking for new ideas on how to put on a great event that won’t be forgotten!


Wedding & Event Planning – Part I

With weddings becoming larger and more expensive, many couples are turning to the services of wedding planners for help. If you like working with people, are detail oriented, have good communication skills, and a lot of patience, this may be the ideal business for you. Whether you are interested in establishing a home-based business, working on a part-time basis, or beginning a new career, wedding and event planning may be exactly what you are looking for. You will learn about wedding history, etiquette, traditions, and how to coordinate and direct a wedding from beginning to end. You will learn about the various types of wedding ceremonies including directing weddings for different faiths. From the initial meeting, you will learn how to work with couples, establish a budget, and select sites and vendors (caterers, florists, photographers). You will also learn the importance of an “emergency kit,” the bridal folder, mapping out a wedding and reception, and evaluating the final product. This course should be of interest to those who are considering a career in the wedding business or those who are already working in the services dealing with weddings, such as florists, caterers, or other event/wedding services.


Wedding & Event Planning – Part II

Continue your training to become a wedding/event planner as you learn how to prepare business forms, choose a name for your business, determine office needs, and prepare a wedding/event planner’s notebook. You will learn about the various types of wedding ceremonies including directing weddings for different faiths. Your instructor will help you develop a philosophy of success that will prepare you to start an organized wedding/event planning business. There will be time in class for hands-on practice for the wedding. Whether you want to work part-time or full-time, out of your own home or a separate office, being a wedding/event planner is a profession you can enter with very little start-up expense and the potential to earn an excellent income. During this course, you will also be introduced to the steps on how to write a business plan, write a mission statement, establish a business policy, register the name of your business, obtain a business license, set fees and prepare contracts, and market your business. You will be introduced to professionals in the business (caterers, florists, photographers) who can support your new adventure as a professional planner!

PRE-REQUISITE: Wedding & Event Planning Part I or equivalent experience.


Wedding & Event Planning – Parts I & II

With weddings and special events becoming larger and more complicated to coordinate, many people are turning to the services of professional event planners for help. If you enjoy work­ing with people, are detail-oriented, have good communication skills, and a lot of patience, this may be the ideal business for you! Whether you are interested in establishing a home-based business, working part-time, or beginning a new career, training to become a certificate-holding professional Wedding & Event Planner may afford you many opportunities to earn supplemental income. The main topics covered during this course will include wedding history, etiquette, traditions, how to coordinate and direct weddings for couple of any faith, select sites and vendors (caterers, florists, photographers), choose a name for your business, how to write a business plan and obtain a business license, and prepare a wedding/event planner’s notebook. Your instructor will also help you develop a philosophy of success that will prepare you to start an organized business with very little start-up expense and the potential to earn an excellent income. If time allows, an on-site field trip will be arranged for you to be introduced to professionals in the field!