AACWP Online Training

You’re unable to attend our in-house training?

Online Training for Wedding Planner CertificationAACWP 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.


Comments from our students ~

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Q & A's 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."


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. 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.

 Our next online course - November 4, 2018 - January 5, 2019
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For more information, please contact Sarah Robison, Training Course Director

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


The course sections 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.


Section 1

  • 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


Section 2

  • Presentations, Personality, and the Interview
    Professionalism and Personality
    The Initial Interview
  • Sales
    How to close the sale
    Utilizing your personal toolbox to make the experience beneficial for all
  • Systems
    Policies & Procedures
    Online tools that work best for selling & planning weddings


Section 3

  • Business Fundamentals
    Business ownership
    Start-up information
  • Business Plan
    Defining and Developing your business
    Building your portfolio
  • Pricing
    Operating costs vs. price
    Pricing your services through different fee structures


Section 4

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




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.

Who can I contact with more questions?
Please contact our Training Course Director, Shannon Lepard, with questions about our courses at tcd@aacwp.org



  • Each online course day is $255, or $1020 for the entire course.
  • PLEASE NOTE - Applications received without payment will not be processed.
  • Many questions you might have will be answered in the “Frequently Asked Questions” located in the section just above this one.
  • For additional information~
    Shannon Lepard, Training Course Director 844.202.2297, ext. 1
  • Please register to receive our email if you wish to be notified about future Wedding Planner Training Courses.

  • Online Training
    November 4, 2018 - January 5, 2019
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