Also known as:
- Event Management Consultant
What they do
Conference and event organisers plan and design all kinds of events, from business conferences for corporate high-flyers in Perth's bustling CBD, to weddings at Kings Park or in one the states many parks or gardens. They work for hotels, function centres, catering businesses and increasingly also for wineries. They are responsible for every detail of a function, conference or other event, from finding and booking the venue and getting quotes for appropriate external services, to organising the order and presentation of the formal proceedings, to the small details like decorations and ensuring all participants dietary needs are catered for.
Specialisations include: Event Manager, Exhibition Organiser, Wedding Coordinator
Conference and event organisers usually work in offices, but can spend a large amount of their time in venues where the events that they plan are held. They are often required to travel some distance to the places where these events are held. Conference and event organisers are often present at the events that they plan and organise, and therefore are often required to work in busy environments with large numbers of people.
Tools and technologies
Conference and event organisers usually require knowledge of computers, and may also need to be familiar with lighting, stage, ticketing or catering equipment.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a conference and event organiser you usually need to gain a qualification in events management.
The Diploma of Events Management is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
Required registration and licensing