Professional Event Manager Certificate

The Professional Event Management Certificate (PEMC ), offered by the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS), has been developed to accustom students with the various components of planning, managing, implementing and evaluating meetings and special events.

It takes at least three semesters to complete the PEMC core courses, be aware that RPTS 321 is a Spring only course, so plan accordingly!

 General Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at Texas A&M and, if required, have permission from their departmental advisor to apply for the program. All certificate requirements must be completed prior to graduation. We will only accept applications for the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Application deadline for Fall is March 10th
  • Application deadline for Spring is October 10th

All TAMU students my apply. A GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the PEMC program. Once accepted, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each PEMC applicable course, must complete all requirements, must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the required courses. Participating departments reserve the right to limit the number of applicants to the program.

The PEMC requires a minimum of 15 credit hours.

The 9 credits of core courses (below) MUST be taken in order in separate semesters. It takes at least three semesters to complete the PEMC core courses, be aware that RPTS 321 is a Spring only course, so plan accordingly!  These include: 

RPTS 311 (3)     Planning & Implementation of Events and Programs

RPTS 320 (3)    Event Management & Operations I

RPTS 321 (3)     Event Managment & Operations II  (spring only)

Additionally, students must take ONE approved administration course that will depend upon their interests. 

RPTS 304 (3)     Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies

OR

RPTS 423 (3)     Resort & Tourism Management (fall only)

Student must also take 3 credits of a specialized elective that relates to festivals, fairs or events. One class from the following

AGCJ 306     Theory and Practice of Agricultural Public Relations (3)
AGCJ 380     Event Facilitation (3)
HORT 203    Floral Design (3)
HORT 454    Special Event Design and Production (2)
RPTS 308     Foundation of Community & Change (3)
RPTS 331      Tourism Marketing (3)

A recommended elective for all PEMC program participants is an internship (paid or unpaid) with a company, organization, or agency involved in event management responsibilities. Suitable courses include RPTS 484 (3) or an internship class in the student’s major field.

Students are expected to complete the required courses in sequence (RPTS 311, RPTS 320, and RPTS 321), and enrollment preferences will be assigned to those in the proper sequence.

The PEMC program will require a minimum of twenty five (25) hours of service in the conduct of event planning and execution. Appropriate documentation guidelines are given by the PEMC Program Advisor. Service hour requirements from both RPTS 320 and RPTS 321 may apply. Prior approval and post documentation verification will be granted by the PEMC Program Advisor.

PEMC students will turn in a one page, double spaced written statement of why they chose the volunteer hours that they did and how those hours will help them in their future in the events industry.

These hours will be performed after the student is admitted to the PEMC program.

Specific certificate requirements and documents will be available in the Undergraduate Programs Office of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and that of cooperating units.

PEMC students must pass a post-test in order to get the certificate. This test will be based on RPTS 311, RPTS 320 and RPTS 321.

It takes at least three semesters to complete the PEMC core courses, be aware that RPTS 321 is a Spring only course, so plan accordingly!

For the PEMC application, click here.

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