Founded in 2003 the Academy has developed a highly sort after range of courses and training tools to accredit wedding planners, event planners, wedding stylists and event designers in the UK. Starting off with a basic paper based wedding planning course we have undergone many course upgrades to bring the course into the 21st century. In the last decade the way training is offered has changed. It has become extremely innovative and interactive and requires so much more than what a simple paper based course can offer.
With this in mind in 2009 we rewrote all our courses and put them into E learning format and developed a bespoke, user-friendly online study environment. The Academy has always been leaders in the field of training for the wedding and events industry. We believe in being innovators and not allowing ourselves to follow the pack and our students benefit from this. We actively seek out partnerships and affiliations with renowned industry professionals to offer the most up to date information available in the form of webinars, podcast and library articles. We were the first training institution to offer a course in event design, which also allows students to specialise in the area of wedding styling.
As part of an international group, which includes the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US, the Academy students benefit from being able to network and learn from students across all our campuses by using our online Social Centre, Wedding and Event Pro.
The Director of the Academy, Kylie Carlson, began her career in London nearly 20 years ago and had a successful planning and production company. Working with key clients throughout the HM Armed Forces and blue chip companies including Smithkline Beecham, British Telecom, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Vodafone and BP her experience is extremely wide and varied. Add to this a portfolio of high-end wedding and private clients working in venues such as the Dorchester and you will begin to get an insight into her professional life prior to the Academy.
It was her decision to marry an Australian that saw her sell her company and relocate to a life down under. It was there that she developed her first course and launched the first Academy campus. This took off very quickly and Kylie saw an opportunity to create an English version of the course and she has never looked back. Now splitting her time between London and Melbourne to work with her team on both campuses. Kylie is also a sought after speaker and travels all over the world speaking about running a business in the special events industry.
The Academy is registered with the UK Government’s Register of Learning Providers and is an approved training centre for NCFE, a National Awarding Organisation. We are not a wedding planning company dabbling in training we are an industry training company specialising in weddings and events. Together with our team of tutors, career advisors and admin staff your career will be in safe hands.
The Academy is currently accepting enrolments for students wishing to commence their course in June 2013. To enrol simply click here to choose your course and then your payment method. Remember you can enrol at anytime during the year!
We are the only training institution in the UK to offer specialised courses in Wedding Styling and Design. Along with our flagship Certificates in Wedding Planning and Event Planning we also offer a Certificate in Event Design, Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design and Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design.
Price: £495 or 4 month payment plan available (click here for more details) Format: E LearningCourse Code: WPLEV3 Award: Level 3 Certificate Study Time: 250 HoursRequirements: No Entry Requirements Our Certificate in Wedding Planning is a fully interactive course which uses podcasts, videos, PDF's and Elearning material covering all elements…
Price: £495 - 4 month Payment Plan Available (Click here for more details) Format: E LearningCourse Code: EPLEV3 Award: Level 3 Certificate Study Time: 250 HoursRequirements: No Entry Requirements The Certificate in Event Planning is a fully interactive course which uses podcasts, videos, PDF's and Elearning material covering…
Price: £595 Format: E LearningCourse Code: EDLEV4 Award: Level 4 Certificate Study Time: 300 HoursRequirements: Basic Event Planning Knowledge The Certificate in Event Design is a fully interactive course which uses podcasts, videos, PDF's and Elearning material covering all elements from understanding the principles of design to…
Price: £795 - 4 & 10 month payment plan available Format: E LearningCourse Code: WPSDLEV4 Award: Level 4 Diploma Study Time: 350 HoursRequirements: No Entry Requirements The Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design is a fully interactive course which uses podcasts, videos, PDF's and Elearning material covering all…
Price: £995 Format: E LearningCourse Code: ADVSPEPLEV4 Award: Level 4 Diploma Study Time: 450 HoursRequirements: No Entry Requirements The Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning and Design is a fully interactive course which uses podcasts, videos, PDF's and Elearning material covering all elements in planning, managing, designing…
Price: £995 - 4 and 10 month payment plan available Format: E LearningCourse Code: WDMASLEV4 Award: Level 4 Diploma Study Time: 350 HoursRequirements: 2 Years+ Industry Experience Sasha Souza is one of the most acclaimed event designers in the world and we are proud to announce the launch of her first course, Signature Sasha: Certified Wedding Designer…
How are your courses offered?
All our courses are offered through our interactive E Learning Virtual Campus. This allows us to use tools such as online chat, podcasts, video tutorials to give the illusion of being in a classroom, but all from the comfort of your armchair. In a world where everyone is time poor this flexible method of delivery allows you to study in your own time at your own pace.
Do we have tutors and how do we contact them?
Yes each student has a tutor which is allocated to them upon enrolment. This tutor will work with you throughout your course and be there to help you every step of the way by keeping you motivated, answering your queries and giving you an insight into the world of weddings and events from a professional point of view. They can be contacted through our office number, through the virtual campus or via email.
Are the tutors from within the industry?
Yes. All our tutors have had a minimum of 3 years experience within the wedding and event industry and although the academy itself is dedicated to training and delivering educational courses many of the tutors still run their own wedding planning business so can give you a very real picture of how things work in this industry.
Is the course accredited?
Please see our Accreditation Page for more details
How long does one of your courses take?
Our courses are self-paced. This means that you can study them with the time you have available. We find that this approach enables people with busy schedules to still commit to study. Generally we find that someone who is working full-time and studying our Certificate course part-time will complete it within 6-9 months. If you choose to study the Diploma course part-time it should take between 9-12 months and the Advanced Diploma 12-18 months. However these are just guidelines. We encourage students to complete our courses within two years and we are here to support you to do that.
Many Academy students like to work at their own pace at a time and place that suits them. However, there are also many students who have a set time period that is much shorter with a goal of launching their business within the next 4-6 months. This type of study requires more structure and guidance from our tutors, which is why we have launched our Fast Track Flexible Study Program.
To enrol on the Fast Track Flexible Study Program all you need to do is click the Fast Track option on the enrolment form, and we will do the rest. To choose your Course and enrol click here. Alternatively if you want to find out more about how Fast Track can work for you speak to our Course Consultant, Zoe McKeown, on 0845 313 6023