“This qualification reflects the role of individuals operating at a senior level who use substantial knowledge of event
management processes and a wide range of specialised managerial skills to conceive, plan and stage events.”


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This qualification covers high-level event management skills including how to manage show pre-production, on-site event operations, and front of house services.  You will also learn how to develop event concepts, research eventtrends, manage risk, and develop marketing strategies. This qualification will give you the specialised skills required towork as an events manager in the tourism, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors.

The target market for this course is international students who hold an appropriate visa and wish to undertake this course in order to

  • Access employment as a manager or event manager/coordinator.
  • Those who may already be in these job roles and wish to further develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Those who may already be in these job roles and wish to have their skills and knowledge formally recognised.
  • Students may also wish to undertake the course to access further study opportunities.
  • Students are not required to have prior work experience or relevant skills or knowledge to enter this course.

Entry requirements

Students must be over 18 years of age at the time of course commencement.Students must secure an appropriate visa that allows them to study in an Australian Registered Training Organisation prior to course commencement.

Academic entry requirements

To gain admission into this course, students must have successfully completed year 11 or secondary studies in their home country equivalent to Australian Year 11*.

(*Subject to the assessment level of that country and the course undertaken there. For more information please visit Ashton College’s website.)

It is strongly recommended that individuals undertake and complete the SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management qualification or other relevant qualification/s and/or gain industry experience prior to entering SIT60216 Advanced Diploma of Event Management. However, this is not mandatory

English Language entry requirements

International Students applying for this qualification must have a minimum English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 (overall band) or an equivalent exam result recognised by the Department of Home Affairs.

Other equivalent English language proficiency level is deemed one of the following:

English language test providers

Minimum score Minimum score and at least 10 weeks English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Minimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)




TOEFL internet-based test

46 35


Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)

162 154 147

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

42 36


Occupational English Test

B for each test component N/A


Alternatively, students may satisfy the English Language Entry Requirements by fulfilling any of one of the following:

  • In the 2 years before applying for the student visa, the student has completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while you held a student visa;
  • The student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland;
  • You are enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), or a registered post-graduate research course;
  • You are an applicant who is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES);
  • You are a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.

Training Pathway

Students who successfully complete this qualification may progress into:further their vocational or higher education through advanced diploma or degree programs in business management, creative industries, events, hospitality, sport, tourism or travel.

Employment Pathway

Events are diverse in nature and this qualification provides a pathway to work for event or exhibition organisations operating in a range of industries, including the tourism and travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors.

The diversity of employers includes event or exhibition management companies, event venues, or organisations that organise their own events. Work could be undertaken in an office environment where the planning of events takes place, on-site at venues where events are staged, or a combination of both.

Possible job titles include:

  • conference manager
  • event director
  • event producer
  • event or exhibition manager
  • functions manager
  • in-house meetings manager
  • meetings manager
  • project manager
  • venue manager

All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and gain recognition for this.  (Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL).

Students who have successfully completed whole units of competency included in this course with another RTO can apply for Credit Transfer.  (CT)

The CT and RPL application processes are provided to students in pre-enrolment information in accordance with the RPL/ CT policy and procedure.

Prior to enrolment, students are required to complete the enrolment application form and submit supporting documentations to enable Ashton College to assess whether the course is appropriate for their abilities and needs.

Students who have learning needs that cannot be accommodated by Ashton College and/ or do not satisfy the entry requirements will be provided guidance to access an external service/ organisation where they can develop the required level of skills/ support.

Ashton College takes all feasible and reasonable steps to assist students during the course so they can successfully complete the qualification within the course schedule. Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that the participant is not presented with artificial barriers to demonstrating competency in the program of study. Reasonable adjustments may include the use of adaptive technology, educational support, and alternative methods of assessment such as oral assessment. Any adjustments made will be recorded in the student file.

Pre enrolment information

Ashton College provides information to students’ pre-enrolment on course demands and expectations via the Client Information Handbook and course information available on the Ashton College website. This information also identifies the process for assessing the learner needs during enrolment, the outcomes of assessment and details on how Ashton College supports individual learner needs post enrolment.


Ashton College delivers an orientation to students outlining course requirements, processes, demands, support services and general information prior to course commencement.

Monitoring course progress

Ashton College monitors students course progress in accordance with the National Code 2018 Standard 8 and provides assistance if the student is experiencing difficulties and not progressing through their course as per the course schedule.

Ashton College employs a range of support services where appropriate and feasible to support students learning needs during course delivery.

Access to appropriate support services is provided to assist students to successfully complete their course within the scheduled duration.  Ashton College may refer students to external sources if they are unable to sufficiently provide support for students learning needs.

Refer to the Client Support and Completion Within Expected Duration policies and procedures for further details on how Ashton College monitors course progress and supports students to help ensure completion within the expected duration.

Student at Risk

Ashton College has intervention strategies, including student support services available to enable students to complete the qualification in expected time frame.

Students at risk of not completing within this time frame are identified as early as possible from class participation and attendance.

Ashton College meets with all students who are not making satisfactory progress and with their agreement puts in place Intervention strategies to assist in their successful completion of the course.

Ashton College has defined “satisfactory progress” as successfully completing more than 50% of units undertaken in a study period.

Students who do not make satisfactory progress over two consecutive study periods will be reported in accordance with the requirements of the ‘The National Code 2018’.

This process is governed by Ashton College Client Support and Completion within Expected Duration policy and procedures.

Academic Support

Students who are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of their course are encouraged to contact their trainer or other relevant staff.  Our trainers are able to provide academic support to facilitate the successful completion of your course.

LLN Support

Students who are experiencing language, literacy and numeracy difficulties during the course can access support from our trainers.

If the level of support required is outside of what the trainer can provide then Ashton College will arrange a referral to internal LLN support services within the Academic Department.

Welfare Support

We understand that our students sometimes require extra support to help them cope with their training course. Sometimes there can be personal issues that impact their successful course completion.  We can assist students in accessing professional welfare services.  Students who are experiencing personal/ welfare issues that are impacting their studies are encouraged to contact their trainer or other relevant staff.

Unit code Unit title Core/Elective
SITXWHS004 Establish and maintain a work health and safety system core
SITXGLC001 Research and comply with regulatory requirements core
BSBWRT401 Write complex documents core
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation elective
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety elective
SITXMGT002 Establish and conduct business relationships core
BSBADM502 Manage meetings elective
SITEEVT011 Research event trends and practice core
SITEEVT012 Develop event concepts core
SITEEVT013 Determine event feasibility core
SITXFIN004 Prepare and monitor budgets core
SITXMPR008 Prepare and present proposals elective
SITXHRM004 Recruit, select and induct staff elective
SITEEVT014 Develop and implement event management plans core
SITXCCS008 Develop and manage quality customer service practices core
SITEEVT008 Manage event staging components core
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people core
SITXMPR007 Develop and implement marketing strategies core
BSBMKG607 Manage market research elective
BSBMGT608 Manage innovation and continuous improvement core
BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability core
BSBMGT617 Develop and implement a business plan elective
BSBFIM601 Manage finances elective
BSBRSK501 Manage risk core

The course is delivered over 72 weeks consisting of 60 weeks tuition and 12 weeks of holidays. Students will participate in nominal(supervised) activities for a total of 1200 hours at 20 hours per week. Tuition is split over six 10-week study periods and 12 weeks of holidays in split over5 terms breaks.

Classes are scheduled for 20 hours of face to face delivery per week consisting of 8 hours per day for 2 days and 4 hours supervised study.  Supervised study sessions provide additional support from trainers. In addition, students are expected to undertake 10 hours of unsupervised independent study and assessment outside of scheduled class time per week.  Please refer to the course delivery schedule for further details.

The approximate delivery hours for this course are as follows:

  • Face to face classes – 60 weeks x 20 hours per week = 1200 hrs
  • Independent study and assessment outside of class time – 60 weeks x 10 hours per week = 600 hrs
  • Total course hours: 1200 + 600 = 1800 hours

Classes will of consist of groups between 16 – 20 students.

A face to face delivery mode is employed including face to face training and supervised study. All face to face delivery takes place at Ashton College’s training facility at 213 Nicholson street, Footscray, VIC 3011 (location detailed on student timetables).  Students will also be supported outside of face to face classes through e-mail and/or telephone.

Some units are delivered stand-alone and some are clustered together for delivery. An understanding of the relationships between unit subjects is developed throughout the course.

A timetable is given to each student pre-course commencement (at orientation).  Students are provided with an induction to the course to outline the learning and assessment processes, support services and other relevant information during orientation.

Text books for the course are provided to students. Students read relevant sections of the textbooks in preparation for the face to face classes.  Students attend face to face classes for each unit at agreed stages throughout the course.  Students may contact their trainer for support/ assistance outside of scheduled face to face contact times.

Not Applicable

Some units are assessed stand-alone and some are clustered for assessment.

Students will commence undertaking summative assessment tasks once the relevant teaching/ learning has been completed and students have been provided opportunities for formative assessment.

Students will undertake assessment at Ashton College’s head campus, their work placement organisation and in their own time.  All summative assessment activities will be conducted by Ashton College Assessors at Ashton College’s head campus at 213 Nicholson Street Footscray Melbourne Victoria 3011. Trainers will advise students about the delivery schedule.

Each unit of competency assessment includes assessment methods in accordance with unit of competency guidelines, principles of assessment and rules of evidence.  Students undertake assessments to demonstrate competence against the assessment criteria in each unit.  Students attempt each assessment in turn until competency is demonstrated against all unit requirements.

Students will be informed of assessment processes and methodologies pre-enrolment and at orientation.  Assessors will provide copies of the assessment tasks in accordance with the assessment schedule and discuss the assessment requirements with each Student prior to them attempting each task.

To be assessed as satisfactory for each assessment activity, student responses must be at least reasonably correct answers. Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance in each assessment task to be deemed competent in the unit.

Students will be provided with opportunities for re-assessment if they fail to demonstrate competency during assessment tasks.  In certain cases, students may be advised to re-enrol in further training before re-attempting assessments.

Assessment submissions are marked S – Satisfactory or NS – Not Satisfactory and verbal and/or written feedback provided.  Unit results are recorded as C – Competent and NYC – Not Yet Competent.

Assessment methods may include Observation activities involving Demonstration or Role-plays, Short answer questions, Multiple choice questions, Written assessments, Projectsand Simulated assessment environments.

Upon successful completion of 28 units of competency, students will be issued a SIT60216 Advanced Diploma of Event Management qualification and record of results that indicates the units are successfully completed. Students who successfully complete some but not all of the units of competency in the course they will be issued a Statement of Attainment detailing the units they have successfully completed.