The Virtual Events Institute (VEI) has awarded its first 10 event professionals with the Virtual Events Institute Professional (VEIP) Certification.
The group is the first of hundreds of individuals currently enrolled to complete the training modules, which provide event professionals with the key skills and knowledge to excel at producing, delivering, selling, marketing and running virtual and hybrid events.
The nine modules, available online and on-demand, feature leading industry experts and cover a diverse and topical range of subjects, including monetization, audience engagement, attracting an audience, building event communities and content design, amongst others.
The first ten people to qualify are from a wide cross-section of the global events industry and include agency and association event planners, venue managers, exhibition organizers, sales account managers, marketing directors, event graduates and #OpenToWork event professionals.
VEI CEO Sophie Ahmed said: “As we head into 2021, virtual and hybrid events will play a pivotal role for event organizers. The opportunities for growth and monetization will be underpinned by the need for a new type of event professional – one who is able to understand and execute the key discipline areas of virtual and hybrid events.
“Our comprehensive training program will help event professionals to expand their skill sets and quickly adapt to the challenges of today and I am delighted to award our first certificates.”
John Baldwin, event director of the Connect Partnership Group, completed his VEI training this month. He said: “I loved this course. The VEI team brought together an amazing group of subject matter experts to discuss topics that are relevant in today’s event world. I have taken a lot of event courses in the past that seemed out of date with old theories on how events should be run. Not this one. Great speakers, great content and a great program.”
The list of newly certified professionals includes Hannah Mills, event manager of TOC Events Worldwide (Informa); Georgina Worrall; John Baldwin, event director of the Connect Partnership Group; Matthew Cibellis of Cibellis Solutions; Sarah Chrastecky, director at Annenberg Presidential Conference Center; Marie Kuffour, event consultant at Destiny Events Professional; Charlotte Stacey, sales account manager at The QMJ Group; Nancy Batio, director of marketing at WATT Global Media; and #OpenToWork professionals Jack Thompson and Irene Tancini.
If you would like to become VEIP qualified and showcase a highly in-demand skill for 2021, book before the 5th January and use the code 'festive12' for an exclusive discount.