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Special Event Planning and Management (Online)   

Online instructor-led course conducted over three consecutive weeks.

Presented entirely online, this course will provide you with the knowledge and basic skills to organize, plan, and process special events. Event planning can help provide for a safe and secure venue, reduce liability, and efficiently manage pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

We will review the basic Incident Command System (ICS) models that are most effective in managing various small to large scale events. We will provide you with current information on planning and use real world scenarios for instruction and analysis. You will be required to participate in interactive group exercises to plan an assigned event for evaluation and class discussion.

We will teach you where to find resources, examples, and information to plan an event accordingly and you will learn the importance of networking with internal and external entities to make an event successful. There will be discussion into “fixed” or pre-planned events that transition into “no notice” or dynamic/sudden events with an emphasis on the importance of training and experience in planning special events.

In addition, you will learn how to document the special event in an After Action Report to highlight the successes, challenges and suggested improvements for future events. Compliance with applicable accreditation standards will also be examined.

Topics Include

  • Overview of the National Incident Management Systems/Incident Command Systems (NIMS/ICS)
  • Incident action plans
  • Establishing partnerships
  • Developing successful production meetings
  • Establishing roles for staffing special events
  • Dynamic/sudden and fixed/pre-planned events
  • Application processes/permitting
  • Risk management/harm reduction theory
  • After Action Reports/accreditation standards
  • Group discussion/case study/practical exercises


Public safety, law enforcement, corrections, fire rescue, public works, emergency management, parks and recreation, and private sector personnel

Course Length

24 hours

Online Details

Online environment: This course is interactive, instructor-led, and divided into weekly modules. At the end of each week, the current module will close and a new module will open. This way, the entire class progresses through the materials together, just like classroom training. There are no provisions for you to skip modules or work ahead of the rest of the class.

This is not a self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments each week by the deadlines posted within the course. Hence, you must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion. You should plan to dedicate an average of five to eight hours per week to the course activities.

The instructors will be available by email and on discussion boards throughout the course. They will be your guides and will assist you with questions and advanced discussions at every step along the way.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required. The textbook will be either shipped or delivered in an electronic format, so an Amazon Kindle device, or the ability to install the free Amazon Kindle app on a PC, Mac, iPhone, or Android device is needed.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.








Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.