The Event Industry Council (EIC) has announced the inaugural cohort of its Online Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC) program. This first group of SEPC holders, 126 in all, earned their certificate through the online course, which was launched in June 2021 as an updated and expanded version of the original in-person SEPC course to make it more readily available to all who wanted to take it during the pandemic, wherever they reside.
Developed by a global group of meeting and event industry experts, the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate course includes 16 modules covering everything from the business value of sustainability, to making meetings and events more sustainable, to effective methods for achieving corporate social impact goals through events. The goal of the program is to help event professionals accelerate sustainability and social impact in both their own organizations and through global business events, according to the EIC. As part of the program, participants have access to a digital workbook they can use to create a roadmap to bring their own events to greater sustainability.
In addition to earning the SEPC certificate, the inaugural cohort received 12 hours of continuing education credits toward their Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification or recertification. They also are eligible for claiming 12 credits toward their Certified Association Executive designation.
Amy Calvert, CEO, Events Industry Council said, “The events industry is critical for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as we foster the connections needed to innovate, collaborate and accelerate action for the goals. I am proud of the hard work and determination displayed by the first digital group of SEPC professionals, who represent global and diverse sector experience, and cannot wait to see how they apply what they have gained from the course to support their organizations and our industry in becoming more sustainable.”