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Professionalisation Update September 2017

Professionalisation activity

Event organisations are being requested to provide information about their current activities that support the events profession. This is in response to the decision by the BVEP meeting in June 2017 to take a more socially constructed model of progressing the professionalisation of the sector (download report at the end of this article). This means that recognition would be made of existing structures and practices rather than imposing a top-down approach and potentially ‘reinventing the wheel’. This decision was made after more than 20 people were interviewed on their views of professionalisation in events (kindly supported by the Centre for Events, Leisure, Society & Culture, Bournemouth University There is a very positive appetite for the event sector to galvanise around the more traditional characteristics of an accepted profession.


The following action was approved and is currently being pursued:

1. Gather information into one place that maps out current qualifications and courses against the National Qualification Frameworks (, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Subject Benchmark Statements ( , Event Apprenticeships (, the International Events Qualification Framework (, Association courses (e.g. MPI’s CMP; ILEA’s CESP and supporting certificates (e.g. Event Safety Passport).

2. To collate a body of knowledge, in addition to the existing, Event Body of Knowledge ( and relevant content from the BVEP Research and Resources directory (

3. To bring key members of industry together to discuss the appropriateness of these. This will not be held until 1 and 2 have been achieved. This may result in a kite mark system for an event sector accredited scheme. The Association for Events Management Education (AEME is already working on an endorsement scheme to badge Higher Education provided courses that demonstrate their ability to apply the QAA Subject Benchmark Statements.

Your action:
If you have information about any relevant education and training courses or bodies of knowledge that are relevant to the events sector, please complete this form:

If you have any further comment or would like to get involved please contact:
Dr Caroline Jackson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..