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General FAQ

Do you only offer your courses online?

Yes. The Academy specialises in online education and we offer courses via an online portal that we call a Virtual Campus. This is accessed by a username and password. One of the benefits of this is that you have access to your course 24/7, which means you can set your own study schedule and learn at your own pace from your own home or office. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, or what time of day you prefer to study, when you study with the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning.

What am I actually getting?

Our courses are delivered in a multi-media format. Each unit of the course will consist of a mixture of printed material, videos, podcasts, quizzes, reference material, tasks and assignments. The courses are divided into Sections and each section is divided into units. There is one assignment per section and a number of shorter tasks which we call Projects.

Can I try before I buy?

Yes! We invite you to take a look around our Virtual Campus and sample some of the course material by signing up for a no obligation, free trial here.

Will I have to complete Exams or Assignments?

There are no Exams with our courses. Instead you will complete a number of Projects and Assignments. These are submitted to your Tutor who will mark your work and provide feedback and comments based on their own experience, for you to learn from. Projects are shorter question and answer tasks and Assignments are more detailed. Projects are not graded but must be submitted. Your Assignments are graded.

Do I have to do a Certificate before I do a Diploma?

No. The Certificate courses are building blocks for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. For example, the Wedding Planning units in the Diploma in Wedding & Event Planning are the same units offered in the Certificate in Wedding Planning. The difference between these two courses is that the Diploma also includes the Event Planning and Business units. This means that if the Diploma or Advanced Diploma course better suits your needs, you can enrol directly into it. However, if you do prefer to start with a Certificate, you will be able to credit the units and the cost of the course to a higher qualification later. We recommend that you talk to a Course Advisor to discuss the best option for your individual circumstances.

What if I fail an Assignment?

At the Academy our mission is to help you successfully complete your course. If you have not satisfied the requirements of any piece of Assessment, your Tutor will provide written ‘redirection’. You can then re-submit the piece of Assessment.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

Our courses are self-paced. This means you work through the course material in your own time and submit your work when you have completed it. Students are given 12 months to complete any of our Certificate courses and 2 Years to complete our Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. However the time it takes students to complete varies from student to student. On average students completing Certificate courses take 3-8 months to complete a Certificate, 6-12 months to complete a Diploma and 8-15 months to complete the Advanced Diploma.

Can I get help setting a study schedule?

Yes. If your goal is to complete your course in a specific amount of time, or you would like to have a disciplined approach to your study right from the start, we can help you to set up a study schedule. This is managed by you but our experience can help you to design a schedule that sets you up for success.

What if I have questions?

As a Student of the Academy you are fully supported by your own Tutor. You will be able to send your Tutor questions about any aspect of the course, including for help completing your Projects and Assignments. We also have a friendly Admin Team who are on hand to help you with any aspect of your Enrolment including payment of fees and extensions.

Can I meet my Tutor and other Students?

Your Tutor is a working wedding/event professional. We have put in place a very effective process for you to be able to communicate with them online and this is the best way to contact them about anything to do with your course work. As a student you will also be invited to join our private Facebook Group, Academy Live. This is a very supportive community, made up of students from around the world, Tutors and members of the Academy team and even our Board. This is a great place to go for support and inspiration and of course news about what is happening at the Academy and in the industry generally. You will also find work experience and casual work opportunities posted here. Throughout the year you may also have the opportunity to attend networking and education events. You will be sent details of any of these as they occur. These are not compulsory and do not relate to your course work in any way (not attending will not disadvantage you as a student).

Do you offer work experience?

We partner with a number of businesses to offer our students work experience and we are often contacted by Wedding and Event businesses about work experience/casual work opportunities. These are generally posted in the private Facebook Group. You can also contact the Academy directly to discuss your availability for work experience. Whilst we endeavour to help students find work experience it is not guaranteed and nor is it required to be able to successfully complete the course.

How will I gain experience if I am studying online?

Each of our courses has been designed to give you as much practical experience as possible. As part of your Project and Assignment work you will be completing tasks that you would actually have to complete if you were working on a real event, for example; creating checklists, timelines, event concepts and budgets, designing inspiration boards and preparing proposals, researching and interviewing suppliers, preparing for site inspections and wedding/event day plus much more. Most Assignments are based on real life event situations, which also helps you to gain practical experience of working on an actual event.

Will I get a Certificate or Diploma when I graduate?

Yes. Upon Graduation you will receive a letter from the Academy with ‘digital Certification badges’ attached. These badges are logos that you can display on your website, social media pages, Resume or with your digital signature for email. Within 6 weeks you will also receive a beautifully presented physical Certificate or Diploma depending on the course you complete.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. Everything you need to complete your course is included in the price including any software that you will be required to use. From time to time we may suggest online software or Apps that you may like to try and these may have fees associated with them, but they are not required to complete the course and there will always be free alternatives suggested as well.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes we offer affordable payment plans and weekly and fortnightly options too. Please refer to our individual courses to review what is available. If you don’t see an option that works for you, contact a Course Advisor who will be able to assist you further.

Can I get HECS or other Government subsidies to help me pay for my course?

No. There is no Government assistance for our courses but you will also see that our Courses are priced much lower than most courses supported by these schemes. If you would like to study with the Academy and don’t see a payment option that suits your budget, talk to a Course Advisor who may be able to assist.

Can I get a refund if the course is not right for me?

We offer a 7 day cancellation option. Please refer to our terms and conditions here for more information about this. You may also cancel your course at any time with 30 days notice, however there is no refund of fees if this is outside the 7 day refund period.

I am not ready to enrol but I would like to stay informed about what you do. How can I do this?

We are active on social media and we also publish articles to our blog several times a week. You can also sign up to receive our newsletter and details of specials and freebies here. Visit our home page to find links to social media and our blog. What happens if I don’t finish my course before the expiry date? We understand that sometimes ‘life’ will get in the way of your studies. We offer extensions in blocks of 12 months to students who need more time to complete. Please refer to our schedule of fees for details about the cost of extending our courses.

Are you Courses Nationally Recognised by the Government?

No. The Academy offers nationally and internationally recognised training. Currently there are no event design or wedding courses in Australia that are offered by Government approved training organisations. All training in these areas is industry recognised. The Academy courses are highly respected by the wedding and event industry, both here in Australia and internationally. One of the reasons for this is that we are supported by a Board of highly respected industry experienced professionals who work with us to ensure the courses we offer are preparing Graduates for the real world of weddings and events. Meet the board here.

Are you courses only suitable for someone wanting to launch a business?

No. Each of our courses will prepare you for working within the industry and this includes being an employee of someone’s else’s business. We have many students who find employment upon Graduation and even before.

North American Academy of Wedding and Event Planning

North American Academy of Wedding and Event Planning