The APWA Advanced Certification in Wedding Planning, Design & Management (Version 9) is one of the most up-to-date, in-depth and advanced wedding planning training programs currently available! It covers every conceivable aspect of designing, planning and managing a client’s (or your own!) wedding from scratch. We also teach you how to set up and run your own wedding and event planning business.
Although we focus on weddings, our training courses equip you with the knowledge and skills to plan a variety of special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs, conferences and corporate events. Let’s face it, if you can plan a wedding you can plan just about any other event imaginable!
The syllabus is outlined in detail here: TOPICS.
TIP: Compare our program to any other you find. Unfortunately you have to be aware that many other courses will say that a topic is covered, but only scratch the surface. (We know this because of the number of disappointed students coming to us after enrolling on other courses.). To date (Jan 2017) no other course providers advertise the actual size of their courses. Our V9 course is 450 A4 pages with an average 425 words per page. No other wedding planning course in the UK comes close!
In a student survey, 100% would recommend our courses to others and 91% said tutorial feedback was excellent. And many of our students tell us they choose our course after evaluating all the other wedding planning courses out there. We suggest you do the same!
Typical Student Comment: “ …I googled wedding planning courses, researched via forums, social media and wedding planner websites. I also reviewed countless courses before considering your course to be the best by far!” (contact details on request)
We have included a very small selection of past and present students below. By all means check out their websites and review their portfolios but if you wish to speak with any of them, please let us know so we can formally introduce you. We don’t want them bombarded with calls and emails from strangers ‘out of the blue’! Thanks for your understanding.
Certification, Recognition & Accreditation
The AP Wedding Academy is registered with the UK Government Department of Education’s Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) – our UKPRN is 10019838.
Our First Class Advanced course is benchmarked minimum Level 4 on the UK Government’s National Qualifications Framework / Qualifications and Credit Framework.
Our Advanced course is benchmarked minimum Level 3 on the UK Government’s National Qualifications Framework / Qualifications and Credit Framework.
Our Short-Course program is benchmarked Level 2 on the UK Government’s National Qualifications Framework / Qualifications and Credit Framework.
Naturally all our courses are recognised and respected throughout the wedding industry and by relevant employers here in the UK and overseas.
They are also approved by The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) and promoted by the National Association of Professional Wedding Services (The Wedding Association). The UKAWP is the UK’s leading body that focuses on raising standards and promoting professionalism within the wedding planning industry.
They are also referenced and referred to by the UK Government’s National Careers Service & Careers Wales.
ACCREDITATION – THE FACTS!
BEWARE… Accreditation Is NOT An Indication Of Quality Or Depth Of Training!
You will have noticed that some prominent wedding planning course providers focus their marketing on the term ‘Accreditation’. One even goes so far as to imply that they are the ONLY course providers with the appropriate accreditation and all others are invalid! Such bold claims suggest to the outside world that their training meets industry recognised standards set by an approved and regulated wedding planning body. Unfortunately this is not the case.
Although the courses may be accredited by an external awarding body, accreditation simply means that the course provider is competent to deliver a training course in a reliable, credible and accurate manner.
Now this is fine if you have doubts about the course provider’s ability to run a training course. However, most awarding bodies accredit a wide range of subjects, from hair-dressing to landscape gardening. They don’t produce the courses and they don’t have any specialist knowledge of the subject matter. So ask yourself, how can they independently and accurately assess the content, depth and level of the course? The answer is, they can’t and they don’t. They leave this up to the course provider!
For mainstream courses such as GCSE’s and A Levels there are a small number of awarding bodies whose courses are tightly regulated by the Government to ensure high standards across the board. However for alternative subjects such as wedding planning diplomas and certification courses the regulations are far more relaxed. So much so that there are dozens of awarding bodies (200 or more), all competing with each other to SELL their accreditation services to training course providers.
That’s right, it’s big business! If you run a course and think that associating yourself with an awarding body will help increase sales, you can pay them to review your training program. And if they are satisfied that you are competent and credible, they will accredit you. And charge a hefty fee the service. It really is that simple.
And who do you think pays for the accreditation? Yep.. YOU! It will be factored into the cost of the course.
So if your main focus on completing a wedding planning course is for the accreditation, diploma, certificate or piece of paper at the end, the AP Academy is not right for you. However, if you want to learn all you need to know about setting up and running a wedding planning business from experienced wedding specialists, by all means consider enrolling with us.
How to Enrol
Card Payments: Just click ENROL and follow the steps.
Bank Transfers: Contact us for bank details.
Instalment Plans: See Instalment FAQ below.
We offer an APWA Certification or Advanced Certification in Wedding Planning, Design & Management. There are 3 classes to choose from:
First Class Advanced Certification: £949.99 by bank transfer | £981.26 by card
Advanced Certification: £649.99 by bank transfer | £672.08 by card
Short-Course Certification: £449.99 by bank transfer | £464.99 by card
Contact us for bank details. Cards incur 3.4% paypal handling fees.
Instalment plans also available. Admin fees apply.
Instalment Plan Now Available
You can now pay for the First Class & Advanced courses in 4, 6 or 10 monthly instalments. There is an administration charge applicable to instalment plan enrolments.
FIRST CLASS ADVANCED (bank transfer/standing order)
4 Month Plan = deposit of £307.50 then 3 monthly instalments of £237.50. Total cost: £1019.99 (includes admin fee of £70.00)
6 Month Plan = deposit of £263.33 then 5 monthly instalments of £158.33. Total cost: £1054.99 (includes admin fee of £105.00)
10 Month Plan = deposit of £265.00 then 9 monthly instalments of £95.00. Total cost: £1119.99 (includes admin fee of £170.00)
ADVANCED (bank transfer/standing order)
4 Month Plan = deposit of £232.50 then 3 monthly instalments of £162.50. Total cost: £719.99 (includes admin fee of £70.00)
6 Month Plan = deposit of £213.33 then 5 monthly instalments of £108.33. Total cost: £754.99 (includes admin fee of £105.00)
10 Month Plan = deposit of £235.00 then 9 monthly instalments of £65.00. Total cost: £819.99 (includes admin fee of £170.00)
Cards +3.4%. Contact us for further details.
It is a little-known fact that you will learn more in home study course than any classroom based course you find. They do after all take longer to complete. But they also cost less due to lower overheads! Read on…
Designed to offer you maximum flexibility, our courses are therefore tutor-led, distance learning programs. This means you can STUDY FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF YOUR OWN PERSONAL TUTOR! You can also fit your studies around your individual lifestyle.
Spread over 31 extensive Units, each topic is both examined in depth and clearly explained in lay-mans terms. At the end of each unit there are one or two questions and an assignment to complete. Should you find that you require assistance from your tutor at any stage, he or she is always available to promptly answer your questions and deal with your enquiries.
The course is supplied electronically and all the materials are yours to keep! This format provides us with the unique ability to update, develop, revise and refine the courses on a regular basis. It also enables us to provide students with free updates and upgrades whilst they are studying with us – there have been 6 major upgrades since April 2008 and 5 minor ones!
For your convenience and our swift processing your work is expected to be completed submitted for review via email.
Upon completion of your training you will have graduated from the Absolute Perfection Wedding Academy having attained an APWA Certification, Advanced Certification or First Class Advanced Certification in Wedding Planning, Design & Management.
You will be graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION in your appropriate class and receive 2 certificates: one for your office and one for your website.
Wedding Planning Software
Unlike some other course providers, we don’t bundle cheap wedding planning software with our course materials, despite being offered financial incentives to do so! Instead, as you can see we have negotiated some exceptional deals for our students on a range of leading wedding planning software titles! Including:
- 50% Off Ido Wedding & Event Professional – The World’s Best Wedding Planning Software Program.
- Also 65% off Sample Board – one of the best online, wedding planning digital mood board creators.
- And a free trial and student discount on the highly regarded Events Clique’s 3D Event Designer software.
Top of the list is the fantastic Ido Wedding & Event Professional. It’s by far the best wedding planning software program on the market and the only one worth using on a daily basis. We know because we have trialled them all!
Sample Board is also worth investing in, as is 3D.
But don’t worry if you decide not to purchase these programs. We will provide you with a range of useful templates and show you how to use your own software (such as MS Office) to set up and manage your own wedding planning databases, spread sheets, timetables, schedules, seating plans, floor plans etc and manage your clients requirements. We will also include a financial planning spreadsheet to help you manage a client’s budget.
Student work placements arise throughout the year via a variety of placements such as shadowing opportunities or on-site assistant coordinator roles.
Additionally, positions also arise via our Student & Graduate Coordinator scheme (previously known as our Bride on a Budget service), whereby we match a student or graduate with a suitable bride requiring assistance with her wedding – from Full Coordination to On The Day coordination, venue and supplier searches, design and styling, advice on trends etc.
NOTE: We do our utmost to find placements for our students but please understand that we will not guarantee work placements to complete strangers who may or may not be suitable candidates. Offers ultimately depend on how well students perform on the course.
Which class? How long?
Our Wedding Planning, Design & Management training program is available in 3 different classes:
- First Class Advanced Certification (the best by far!)
- Advanced Certification (graduate in a few months!)
- Certification (perfect for those in a rush!)
The content and structure of all 3 classes are the same. The difference is that there is more useful, practical coursework to complete in the Advanced courses and therefore more tutorial input and guidance. The Advanced courses also offer an extended range of student benefits and services – see table on our main Academy page.
The First Class Advanced course is designed to be completed within 6-9 months, but you have up to 18 months to complete the training. And if you find you subsequently need an extension, the option is there.
Most students hold down permanent jobs and study in their free time. Complete 1 unit a week and you should graduate in approximately 6 months.
The Advanced course has less coursework and should take approximately 3-4 months to complete, but you have up to 12 months if you wish.
Whereas the Short-Course is assessed by a short Q&A test and can be completed in a few weeks. It is aimed at students in a rush to complete the training, brides looking for professional guidance and advice when planning their own wedding or experienced planners wishing to enhance their skills but with no intention of completing the coursework.
The level and grade of certificates naturally vary depending on your chosen course.
No previous experience required other than a keen interest in the wedding planning industry. The type of people who enrol with us include…
- People who are methodical, creative and possess an eye for detail
- People who are ready to run their own business
- People who have planned their own weddings and now wish to build a career within the wedding industry
- Professionals such as venue managers wishing to offer an in-house wedding planning service
- In-house event planning staff looking to develop their own knowledge, skills and services
- Wedding services such as florists who wish to offer additional aspects to their service
- Brides-to-be who want some low cost professional guidance on how to organise their own wedding
Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of the courses are to introduce you to the complex role of the wedding planner and provide you with the required knowledge, understanding, skills, tools and insight to help you to develop and ultimately succeed as a professional wedding consultant.
Why No Classroom Courses?
We appreciate that distance learning / online / home study courses are not everyone’s cup of tea and some students would rather study in a classroom environment. Unfortunately however we are unable to offer classroom based instruction. It would require students to commit to a lengthy training schedule incorporating numerous days in class, plus homework assignments and projects. Our tutors would also have to commit to the same schedule which simply isn’t feasible.
Moreover, due to the costly overheads of venue hire and additional tutorial fees the cost of the Advanced course would increase to around £2,500.00 and the First Class course to iro £3,500.00. The market for such a course is too small.
Why do we Offer Wedding Planning Courses and Train our Competitors?
Aside from the fact it’s a natural progression for established businesses in any industry to offer training courses – it’s also down to the basic principles of supply and demand.
In the years before we designed our first wedding planning course back in 2007, we were inundated with enquiries from people wanting to know the best and/or easiest route into wedding planning. Most had no experience so we simply advised them to undertake a course that was run by a competitor at the time.
If the truth be known, we thought they were mad teaching potential competitors how to plan weddings. However, we soon realised that there were lots of people determined to break into the industry. And that there was a market for wedding planning courses! Pure and simple business sense.
Some Impartial Advice Before Choosing A Wedding Planning Course
Our students often inform us that they select our courses because they cover the widest range of topics in the most detail. When choosing a course start by comparing contents and structure. Next, find out how up-to-date the course is. Some are 3 or more years out of date – that’s a long, long time in the fast moving wedding industry.
Then decide which format to opt for – class room or home study? Classroom based wedding planning courses are certainly beneficial for some students but it is a fact that home study courses cover a wider variety of topics in greater depth. They do after all, take longer to complete.
We also suggest you ask about the tutors: Are they full time tutors? If so, why have they stopped planning weddings? Our tutors are Full Coordination wedding planners – they tutor instead of work with partial coordination clients or work with OTD clients.
Finally, ask the provider whether the course was written for the American, Australian or the UK market. Most distance learning wedding planner courses were written for the American or Australian markets and imported here to be resold. They simply do not compare to courses written specifically for the UK market, despite what you might otherwise be told…
Version 9 Out Now!
Version 9 is the result of a 4 month review in which we have entirely updated, revised and enhanced our previous training program in order to bring you what we and our students believe are the most up-to-date, advanced and informative wedding planning training courses available today!
Student Wins Prestigious Awards
We’re pleased to announce that graduate Melanie at Cranberry Blue won Best Wedding Planner, London and also Best Wedding Planner, UK in the Wedding Industry Experts Awards. Naturally it comes as no surprise to us – she was an able student, a pleasure to teach and a delight to work with! Congratulations Melanie!
Want To Know How To Become A Wedding Planner?
Take a look at the following article on our blog: HOW TO BECOME A WEDDING PLANNER on our blog. It offers a wealth of useful information and guidance for anyone aspiring to become a wedding planner, including:
- What is a Wedding Planner?
- Finding Jobs As A Wedding Planner
- Training As A Wedding Planner