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AACWP Online Training

AACWP has set the standard for training courses for wedding planners with our In-House Training program, and we have now recreated our content virtually to offer the option for more students to take advantage of our curriculum on their own time.

Our online course consists of webinars, videos, and digital downloads of course materials. Each student has two months to complete the entire course (4 sections divided over two-week periods each). The best part? They still get direct interaction with our amazing instructors in live Q&A sessions scheduled for each section!

Come and learn all about becoming a wedding planner and owner of a wedding planning business from the best in the business and let us help you take the next step in your career path!

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. Engaged couples 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 online training courses provide in-depth training by experienced professional planners. Our Training Course 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:

  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Digital downloads of course materials
  • Direct interaction with instructors in live Q&A sessions

For more information, please contact our Training Course Director, Sarah Robison (

Our next online course dates to be announced soon!

The course sessions will be available at 2-week intervals:

The first week will give you the opportunity to go through the videos and information provided.

The second week, you will be given a homework assignment and have 2 opportunities to chat live with the instructors for that section.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, you must attend all courses, pass the examination at the end of each day, and complete and pass the assigned homework within the second week of each section.

The sections are broken down as listed below.

Defining the Role of the Wedding Planner

  • Identify skills needed
  • Service categories and different services offered by professional planners
  • Understanding services offered by professional planners

Basics of Planning

  • First phone call/email correspondence
  • Building a budget
  • Wedding planning timeline
  • Assembling the “Dream Team” for your client

Choosing Vendors

  • Building a contact list
  • Compiling your database
  • Organization

Presentations, Personality, and the Interview

  • Professionalism and Personality
  • The Initial Interview
  • Certification


  • How to close the sale
  • Utilizing your personal toolbox to make the experience beneficial for all

Handling Emergencies

  • How to prepare and handle as a planner
  • Emergency Kit

Business Fundamentals

  • Business ownership
  • Start-up information

Business Plan

  • Defining and Developing your business
  • Building your portfolio
  • Advertising
  • Registering


  • Workflow
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Online tools that work best for selling & planning weddings

Ceremony Planning

  • Basic elements and ceremony structure
  • Religious and cultural traditions
  • Mock rehearsal and ceremony walk-through


  • Choosing a venue
  • Floor plan—table sizes, seating, dance floors, etc.
  • Banquet Event Orders
  • Reception traditions and etiquette
  • Role of planner during the reception
  • Mock reception walk-through

Handling Emergencies

  • How to prepare and handle as a planner
  • Emergency kit
  • Learn a few of the most common how-to fixes that will come in handy on
  • Wedding Day

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 in the allotted time frame. For those students who take the course days separately, homework will be assigned after the final course is completed. We suggest all five courses be attended within a 24-month period.

What Our Students Are Saying

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Q & As with each of the instructors. Having the ability to ask direct questions, meet them face to face, and get such great feedback, was one of many things I enjoyed most about this course.”

“I loved that I could do this course online. Being an established business owner, I didn't have 4 days to do the course in person.”

“I felt that all of the material that was covered was extremely beneficial for those of us who’ve already had a few years of experience under our belts and to those just beginning their career as a wedding planner. I would highly recommend this course to anyone that is looking to gain more knowledge and expertise in the field.”

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

Our training course dates are always published on our homepage. At the present time, we are offering one in-house training course annually each February.

Does this course apply to my area?

Yes! AACWP developed these courses using general information that applies to most weddings in the United States.

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.

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.

When will the next course be offered?

The best way to learn about future courses is to sign up to receive our emails.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Please contact our Training Course Director, with questions about our courses at