Global Wedding Academy Launches Long-Anticipated Certification Program

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Initiative aims to offer a competitive advantage in popular industry

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"While our priority lies with building a well-rounded experience, it also allows us to lead the charge in fostering best practices in the industry worldwide."

Continuing its role as a worldwide leader in the event industry, the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning has opened its doors to its global certification program.

“For 10 years, we have prepared thousands of graduates for a professional career in weddings,” says Kylie Carson, the Academy’s CEO. “With that being said, we also recognize that others have gained extensive experience and achievements through their work without having formal qualifications. Our hope is to give them the opportunity to formally demonstrate their commitment and professionalism.”

With the wedding industry largely unregulated, Carlson and her team ventured to produce a program that could create a competitive advantage for its participants. During the process, they realized it set the stage for the Academy to assist with regulation globally.

“While our priority lies with building a well-rounded experience, it also allows us to lead the charge in fostering best practices in the industry worldwide,” says Carlson.

Recognizing the benefits of ongoing education, the Certification process is also paired with a Continued Professional Development (CPD) initiative that will partner with leading workshops, conferences and programs globally. Proof of CPD will need to be submitted every 2 years and can be satisfied by attending approved educational

“As part of an ever-evolving industry, one cannot be in one place for too long without running the risk of losing their standing in the marketplace.” shares Director of Education and CWP Program Administrator Christine Ligthart. “With this in mind, the Academy also provides online master classes monthly as well a private Facebook group for our community to connect and learn.”

The program application is available on the site. Candidates must have a minimum of three year’s experience as a wedding professional, have documentary evidence of their status and be able to offer a portfolio of work along with multiple references. For more information, please visit http://www.weddingacademyglobal.com/certification/.

With six online campuses globally, the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, event planners, event designers and wedding stylists.

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