Here’s how it works:
AACWP's training is the first step towards a successful career as a Certified Wedding Planner. Upon training course completion, you will receive a course completion certificate. You are then eligible to apply for membership as a Trained Wedding Planner (TWP) with AACWP.
AACWP has three designations for its members:
Trained Wedding Planner
Certified Wedding Planner
Certified Master Wedding Planner
AACWP has been training professional wedding planners since 2007. Brides and vendors in the industry look for professional planners, and they know the first thing to ensure competency is training and certification. There are many programs available, but only AACWP offers you an excellent curriculum, a mentor experience, continuing education, and fellowship with other professional planners.
AACWP's four training courses provide in-depth training by experienced professional planners, along with guest speakers chosen from among the top wedding industry vendors. Our Course Curriculum Committee continually strives to review, update and ensure the attendees receive the most current information on wedding planning, how to build a business, and trends in the industry. AACWP believes in the importance of great education and growth. As we expand our course and broaden our curriculum, we encourage you to join us!
Payment for the complete course includes:
Following is a breakdown of what each course day offers:
Each course is taught in one day. To receive a Certificate of Completion, you must attend each course, pass the examination at the end of each day, and complete and pass the assigned homework within a 24-month period. For those who take the course days separately, homework will be assigned after the final course is completed.
1. Does AACWP offer an online course?
We are pleased to announce a new and exciting option for students - the virtual seat! You as a student are able to join us live online for our courses, just as if you were with us in person. With each new course, once we fill 15 of our physical seats, we will open registration for our virtual seats. Please keep an eye out for our online registration to open for our virtual seats.
2. Can you recommend a course in my area?
We do not have a list of courses taught by other organizations or listed by area. We encourage you to reach out to your local industry organizations if you prefer local training opportunities.
3. Does this course apply to my area?
Yes! AACWP developed these courses using general information that applies to most weddings in the United States. We do not focus on a geographic area other than we invite local vendors as guest speakers to the courses.
4. Do you allow international students?
Yes, however we do not offer certification to international students as this requires a membership. Membership is only available to those in the United States.
5. Will I be certified after taking the course?
After the course, if you complete all requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. To become a Certified Wedding Planner, you must become a member of AACWP and complete the requirements listed here.
6. How long is the course?
Each course day is from 8:30am to approximately 5:30pm.
7. When and where will the next course be?
Typically, dates are announced and registration is available three months prior to courses. The best way to learn about future courses is to sign up to receive our emails on our Home page (lower right corner). Our upcoming courses are also listed on both our blog and our home page.
8. Who can I contact with more questions?
Please contact our Curriculum Director, Sarah Robison, with questions about our courses at firstname.lastname@example.org.