MEA’s SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management course has been designed by the industry to educate and upskill those who wish to gain foundational knowledge and practical experience in the Australian events industry. It provides students with access to industry experts and delivers a practical learning experience that will train them for a career in event management.

The course is accessed online providing flexibility in learning for students across Australia.

The Diploma course is designed to give students flexibility to study by delivering them with a choice to register for the full Diploma course or pick and choose from a range of Units of Competency that will assist with gaining a position in the events industry or provide additional education to improve their event management skills.

The SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management consists of twenty Units of Competency that have been identified by the industry as essential skills required to deliver successful events. The course has been developed by experienced event managers and qualified trainers and covers critical topics that will give students a valuable qualification.

The events industry is dynamic and cyclical; this course is designed to support those who are working in events the flexibility to study around their work commitments.

Students will be supported by qualified Trainers who will guide and assist students to complete the course.

Assessments for each unit of competency are completed through online or interview/ role-play activities and can be completed remotely or in face to face environments. Each unit of competency includes up to five various activities to meet fair and reasonable assessment standards. Assessments are focused around each student’s Major Project. Students may choose a major project that is relevant to their own workplace or community or they may opt to cover the MEA Major Project that is provided.

Mode of Assessment 

Assessments will be conducted via self-paced activities using an online platform. Students will also be asked to use their current workplaces or major Project case studies where possible, to plan and conduct assessment activities, and may be required have their Supervisor complete third-party reports.

Certificate of Attainment and Diploma

On successful completion of the twenty Course Units, students will be issued with the qualification SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management. Students who complete individual units of competency will receive a certificate of attainment for each completed unit.

Study What You Want - Access to Individual Units of Competency

Students are not required to undertake the full Diploma course. Meetings & Events Australia has created the program to enable students to have access to each of the individual units online. You have the flexibility to study the units that best support your career goals.

Each unit of competency has a timeframe of three months from day of purchase confirmation. Candidates have a three-month window of access to the online program during which they must complete all activities and assessments in order to gain a certificate of attainment. Candidates requesting access post three months will have to re-purchase the unit of competency.

Simply register and pay for the Units you wish to study. Click here to view the Units of Competency.

Recommended Self-Paced Hours

A minimum of 10 hours per week for 75 weeks.

On-the-job/Work Based

Students will be currently working in the industry and where possible will use their workplace to plan and conduct assessment activities and complete required projects.

Students who are not currently working directly in the events industry will be expected to attend events in their free time to ensure they grasp a greater understanding of the relevance of the training provided.

The training also includes:

  • Regular coaching calls from the qualified Trainer/Assessor
  • Access to MEA Professional Development Program and Webinar Program

  • Six (6) workshops, of two (2) days length each.
  • Conducted over a 75-week period. 
  • The workshops can be attended in person or accessed online. 

To register for this online course, students must meet the following criteria: 

Digital Devices

Students must provide their own digital device for the training workshops, and be required to access the internet to complete online activities. 

Basic Event Industry Knowledge

Students must be currently employed in the event management industry with a minimum of 1-year experience or have complete the MEA Events Essentials course and have completed an entry interview with their trainer or have more than 3 year’s experience working in a hospitality, tourism or business environment.

Reading and Writing

Students must be able to read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.

Oral Communication

Students must be able to use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Students must be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics. Students must be over the age of 18 years.

Recognition of Prior Learning

All individual students are offered the opportunity to apply for RPL, please enquire at MEA for the procedure on how to apply.

Full Diploma 

     MEA Member: $7,000
     Non-MEA Member: $7,500

(Includes the cost to attend all six Event Management Workshops).

Units of Competency

     MEA Member: $400 per unit (please email for the discount code).
     Non-MEA Member: $455 per unit 

(Does not include Event Management Workshops).


Payment Plan 

Full Diploma 

Deposit to be paid prior to the course commencement: $1,500. 

Payment Options 

     Option A: $7,000 or $7,500 full payment* (this amount includes the deposit)
     Option B: $550 or $600 per month for 10 months** (total course value $7,500 including initial deposit)

*Full payment can only be made if payment is being made by a company/organisation.

**Students will be invoiced monthly and all course fees must be paid on time to ensure continued access to the online learning tool.

Units of Competency

Payment for the Units of Competency must be paid in full prior to receiving access to the online learning tool. 

Administrative Fees

A non-refundable administration fee of $150 is payable for both courses with the deposit. This is to cover the administrative costs to set up the student account and is included in the deposit.

Requests for re-issue of certificates of attainment will incur a fee of $80.

Requests for re-assessment of unit of competency will incur a fee of $300.

All students who enrol in the full Diploma course will receive an annual individual membership subscription to Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) if they or their organisation are not already members.

This membership entitles students to attend MEA Professional Development events in their State or Territory at the student rate. Membership of MEA also allows Diploma students to attend all networking events and the Evolve conference at the discounted student member rate.

Please note that students who opt to purchase the individual Units of Competency will also be entitled to this annual membership.

Students who consistently meet all milestones during their course, with ongoing commitment to attend regular tutorials (Bootcamps) and submit work of the highest standard will be offered a complimentary ticket to attend Evolve the year that they graduate. 

Students who accept the complimentary ticket are expected to commit one hour per day at Evolve participating in MEA directed discussions regarding education programs with the greater industry and also make themselves available for interviews for media releases and associated marketing activities.  

The complimentary Evolve tickets are offered at the discretion of the MEA CEO and do not include accommodation nor travel expenses.  

Please note: the number of complimentary tickets available per year is capped at three (3) tickets.

Course fees can be claimed as tax deduction as long as the course is connected to your work.

If you are a company and would like to pay for the course fees up-front, please email

Please read the Terms and Conditions before enrollling in the Diploma Course. 

Meetings & Events Australia is a registered training organisation (RTO). To find out what this means to you, click here.