Convention Sales and Meeting Planning (Certificate)

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The U.S. meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry generates more than $120 billion a year, supporting nearly two million jobs. Students can explore this exciting growth industry with the convention sales and meeting planning certificate program. The demand for professionals is strong, and this program provides an excellent foundation for enhancing career opportunities nationally, regionally and locally.

Phoenix is a major convention and meeting destination.There is a need for qualified professionals to service conventions and meetings, due in large part to the $600 million investment in the Phoenix Convention Center expansion, development of new hotels and other visitor-related products and the steady influx of corporate headquarters relocating to the greater Phoenix area.

The certificate, which has been endorsed by the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, enhances a graduate's career opportunities as a tourism professional.

Program offered

Convention Sales and Meeting Planning (Certificate)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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Program requirements

The certificate requires 15 credit hours: four required core courses (12 credits) and one elective course (3 credits). Courses taken as part of a university major may count toward that degree and the certificate. Requirements can be met online. All core classes and some elective classes are taught online at least once a year. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours. An application to the program is required.
Required Core Courses -- 12 credit hours
Notes: Prerequisite: TDM 205, grade of "C" (2.00) or better
Notes: Prerequisite: TDM 205, grade of "C" (2.00) or better
Elective (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
1. Fifteen credit hours of graded classroom coursework are required (no internship, no independent study).
2. A minimum "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade is required for all classes in the certificate.
3. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for those pursuing the certificate.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.