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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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Meeting/Event Planners start at $25,000 to $30,000 per year. Event Planners can earn up $77,000 per year dependent on experience and education level.


Meeting/Event Planner    High Demand

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Meeting/Event Planners coordinate activities of staff and convention personnel to arrange group meetings and conventions.


Meeting/Event Planner
Get started as a Meeting /Event Planner by completing all four courses in a year or less, attending classes part time at CSM. Each subject focuses on a specific topic dedicated to help you master a set of competencies in the event planning field.

Course Class Hours
HSP 5220 Meeting Planning Basics          12
HSP 5230 Food and Beverage Planning            9
HSP 5240 Event Marketing and Promotion            9
HSP 5250 Site Selection and Contract Negotiation          12
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Advance your career by passing the following certification exam:

Become a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) through the Convention Industry Council. You must have a minimum of three years experience in meeting management to apply and pass the CMP Exam.

For more information contact:
Shaunda Holt
Program Coordinator Adults

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Peggy Jones“Planning and coordinating meetings is never dull. Every group has different requirements and unique issues. My training allows me to creatively meet the needs while ensuring that the meeting is effective and well-received.”

Peggy Jones
Meeting Planner