What does a Special Events Coordinator (297B) do?

Special Events Coordinators assist in the coordination and execution of events including meetings, conferences, conventions, weddings, fundraising events, festivals, and trade shows. They may work with governments, corporations, cruise lines, banquet and resort facilities, event management companies, or non-profit organizations.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Communicating effectively with clients and co-workers
  • Understanding and applying health and safety procedures
  • Arranging shipping, receiving, and storing of event supplies
  • Developing, coordinating, and implementing event plans; performing administrative duties
  • Implementing marketing plans, on-site event coordination (including staff and volunteers), and risk management (including alcohol management)

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent; Business Specialist High Skills Major Program an asset
  • While not mandatory, completion of 5,000-hour apprenticeship program, including on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Special Events Coordinator (297B)?

  • May work in or outdoors and could be on contract or self-employed
  • Work can be high-pressure and stressful; hours may be long and evening/weekend work may be necessary
  • Employers include amusement/entertainment facilities, government, corporations, non-profit agencies, hotels/resorts, event management or catering companies, cultural organizations, destination and tourism companies, convention centres and banquet halls, educational institutions, festivals and events, and sports facilities

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified coordinators earn an average of $41,000 annually, though this varies by employer and event profile.


Special Events Coordinator (297B)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have excellent communications skills? Are you comfortable working with the public? Can you make quick decisions under stressful situations?
Do you have strong reading, writing, and communication skills?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you lift 15lbs comfortably?
Do you enjoy learning about new trends and creating new ideas?
Would you enjoy interacting with customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you have excellent time management? Are you an organized person?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Special Events Coordinator (297B) may be for you!

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