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Hospitality - Event Management

Credential: Diploma Program Code: EV211 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,979.96
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Approximately $400 per semester – textbooks, certifications, other materials; there will be nominal fees to cover the costs of industry field trips in specific courses.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Diploma Pathways

Hospitality - Hotel and Restaurant Operations Management 

Qualified graduates of the Hospitality-Event Management program may be considered for admissions and may receive credit towards the first year of study.  For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Jessica Estrela, program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 5830



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

  • Event Planning

Our Program

Humber’s Hospitality - Event Management diploma program offers you the knowledge, practical experience, industry exposure and professional certification necessary to embark on an exciting and successful career as an event planning professional.

Our program provides comprehensive learning and training opportunities aimed at assisting students prepare for and transition to valued positions in the event industry including:

  • on-site event management experience
  • guest lectures from industry professionals
  • field trips to local events and elite GTA event venues
  • networking at industry conferences
  • case studies to broaden knowledge of planning events locally, nationally and internationally.

In the first semester of the program, you get immediate experience on campus working at a high profile event. And for the next two years, you will be thoroughly immersed into the world of special events via networking, volunteering and event execution opportunities. Students will be working in The Humber Room restaurant life lab for a full semester. Essential skills will be taught to prepare students for many different types of events.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Support an industry and workplace service culture by adopting a positive attitude and professional decorum, accommodating diverse and special needs, and contributing as a team member.

  • Deliver customer service and solutions that anticipate, meet and/or exceed individual expectations, as well as organizational expectations, standards and objectives

  • Use marketing concepts, market research, social networks, sales and revenue management strategies, relationship management skills and product knowledge to promote and sell hospitality services, products and guest experiences.

  • Apply business and revenue models as well as basic accounting, budgeting, financial and administration skills to support the effective management and operation of a variety of organizations delivering hospitality services and products.

  • Comply with relevant organization and workplace systems, processes, policies, standards, legal obligations and regulations, and apply risk management principles, to support and maintain efficient, safe, secure, accessible and healthy hospitality operations.

  • Use appropriate technologies to enhance the quality and delivery of hospitality services, products and guest experiences and to measure the effectiveness of hospitality operations.

  • Keep current with hospitality trends and issues, and interdependent relationships in the broader event management  sectors to improve work performance and guide career development.

  • Use leadership, teamwork, conflict and relationship management skills and tools, as well as knowledge of organizational behaviour, labour relations, employment standards and human rights to contribute to a positive work environment.

  • Respond to issues and dilemmas arising in the delivery of hospitality services, products and guest experiences by using and promoting ethical behaviour and best practices of corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

  • Follow the five phases of event  management (assess feasibility, design the event, coordinate operations, execute on-site and evaluate the outcomes) to ensure client satisfaction.


Work Placement

Work experience is integral to developing a diverse and successful career in the event management profession. In this program, you will participate in a comprehensive seven-week work placement experience (280 hours) in your final semester before graduation. While on work placement, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom to real event work in the field, network, and develop professional connections and relationships you will carry with you throughout your career.

Internship Partners

The Humber Experience 

Event Management video

Watch the video to learn more about the Hospitality - Event Management program and the events that our students plan and host.

Hospitality Graduate Receives Prestigious Award

Jeremy Adu

Jeremy Adu, a graduate of Hospitality - Event Management, has been recognized as a Subject Matter Expert for Marriott Canada 2015.

The Journey into
Event Management

Taylor Erdie

Taylor J.M. Erdie tells her story about why she decided to go into the Event Management Program at Humber.

Alumni Success Story

Kim Miyama

Kim Miyama completed a diploma in Hotel/Restaurant Management followed by a post-graduate diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Administration in 2006 before launching a successful business in event planning

The Humber Advantage

Our Industry Partnerships

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 500 industry partners. These partners provide value to you with field trips, guest speaker presentations, case studies and internship opportunities. Some of the partners of the Hospitality - Event Management diploma program include: Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Arts and Music Festivals, York Region, CityEvents, Paradigm Events, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), International Centre, City of Toronto Special Events Department, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Yorkville, Superior Events Group Inc., Affair Tent & Event Rentals, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, and many more.

students at reach for the stars event

"50% of students in their internship for the winter 2016 semester were offered full-time positions from their respective employers upon completion."

Explore the Wine & Mixology Lab

Take a 360 degree tour!

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Wine & Mixology

In the Wine and Mixology room, students are introduced to wines of the world and the intricacies of food and wine pairing. In the mixology lab, students learn the theory and practical skills of a wide range of beverages and mixology including creating mixed drinks, understanding beers, spirits and wines.

Study Globally

Students in Taiwan


Spend a semester studying at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality & Tourism and experiencing Taiwan’s vibrant culture.

Students in Europe


Spend 8 amazing weeks living, touring and studying in France and Germany on this European semester abroad opportunity.

Student in Nunavut


Students are involved in volunteer projects based on their areas of interest and participate in unique local activities and excursions.

Students in Peru


Visit a variety of breath-taking sites and take part in rewarding, physical challenges on this unforgettable, two-week adventure.

Meet the Faculty

Your Career

Launch yourself into a fast-paced and exciting career of leading teams, managing logistics and executing events! Statistics Canada projects steady growth across the Canadian special event industry over the next five years. Potential jobs in the event management industry include planning:

  • festivals and concerts
  • weddings and milestone events
  • conferences and meetings
  • exotic incentive travel programs.

You may also be interested in working for an event venue such as a hotel or an event supplier such as an audio-visual production company. Whichever route you choose, Humber’s program opens doors for you in this growing industry.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn the following certifications as part of the program: 

  • Cicerone Level 1 Beer Certification
  • Smart Serve Ontario Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service training and certification
  • TrainCan – BASICS.fstTM Food Safety and Sanitation certification
  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 1 certification in wine education
  • Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) Service Excellence Certificate

Note: There is an additional cost for some of these certifications.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program may have a unique opportunity to complete their 4th semester living abroad in Europe or Taiwan. Students are enrolled with Humber and pay an additional program fee for this Semester 4 optional program.  Participation is subject to eligibility standards and an application process.

Current Opportunities Include:

Semester 4 Europe: In January and February, our students are based In Strasbourg, France and will spend eight weeks living, touring and studying in Europe.  Students will take unique courses that count towards the completion of their fourth semester credits. 

Semester 4 Taiwan:  This 18 week program from the end of February through the end of June offers our students the opportunity to embrace the local culture, customs and language of Taiwan and our partner institution National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

Each year we offer a variety of experiential learning trip opportunities for students to study aboard.  Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length.  These faculty-led study abroad trips are confirmed in the fall semester.

Qualified students in this program may also apply to a study abroad service learning trip to contribute to a global community. Past service learning trips were to Nunavut and Nicaragua. In addition, eligible students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad experiential trip to Peru.

These trips vary each year and are subject to availability, participation and eligibility requirements. Additional fees apply.

Scholarships & Awards

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Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

Headwaters Tourism & Humber College Deliver Third Annual Tourism Ambassador Certification Program

The legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games lives on in the partnership that was first announced in October 2014 between Headwaters TourismHumber College and the Town of Caledon.

Ethiopian Airlines Marketing Competition

A trio of students from Humber’s Event Marketing class, under professor Ron Caughlin, won a marketing competition in December that had classes create campaigns for the African airline.

Event Planning Projects

Event Management students work with real organizations to conceive, plan and execute several events over the course of the academic year.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.