Accreditation

The Accreditation Program encompasses all programs and is the highest level of achievement and individual distinction within our organization.

This program serves as a roadmap for our members to get the most out of their membership. By participating in our exclusive programs, members develop from students into event professionals.

To achieve the accreditation, members must complete all four criteria outlined below.

Education
Earn ten credits, equivalent to ten hours or more of continued education, through the Education Program or the Scholarship Program.

Experience
Complete twenty credits, equivalent to twenty hours or more of event management experience, by participating in the Experience Program. Ten credits may be earned through the Scholarship Program.

Leadership
Earn one credit, equivalent to a one-year leadership term or more, by participating in our Leadership Program.

Mentorship
Complete one credit, equivalent to a semester of mentorship or more, by participating in the Mentorship Program.

Once you complete all four criteria and update your credits on the website Accreditation Tracker, the SEPA Board of Directors will validate your credits and award you the benefits listed below.

  • Certificate
  • Picture, name and link to LinkedIn profile added indefinitely to the SEPA website
  • Promoted on national social media accounts
  • Complimentary private coaching session with the SEPA Founder & Board Director
  • Letter of recommendation from the SEPA Founder & Board Director
  • Announced in e-mail communication distributed to all student and professionals members nationwide

The greatest benefit is knowing that you will be prepared to enter the workforce. You will have what employers are looking for: Education, Experience, Leadership, and Mentorship. So,  you will stand out and get the job.

Student members are eligible for the accreditation up-to five years after graduation, while still considered a student member of SEPA. For maximum benefit, we recommend completing all criteria the semester prior to graduation.

Fall
November 1, 2018 – Complete all criteria and update Accreditation Tracker
December 1, 2018 – Credits validated and recipients announced

Spring
April 1, 2019 – Complete all criteria and update Accreditation Tracker 
May 1, 2019 – Credits validated and recipients announced

What is the Accreditation Program?

The Accreditation Program encompasses all programs and is the highest level of achievement and individual distinction within our organization.

Why should I participate?

This program serves as a roadmap for you to get the most out of your membership while preparing you for the workforce. There are also some awesome benefits!

What benefits will I receive?

Benefits include a certificate; special recognition on our website and social media; private coaching; a letter of recommendation; and more. The greatest benefit is knowing you will be prepared to enter the workforce!

Am I eligible to earn the Accreditation?

You must be an existing student member to be eligible.

If I've graduated, am I still eligible to earn the Accreditation?

You’re eligible up-to five years after graduation, while still considered a student member of SEPA.

How do I earn the Accreditation?

To achieve the Accreditation, you must complete four criteria by participating in our programs.

What are the four criteria to earn the Accreditation?

The four criteria are Education, Experience, Leadership, and Mentorship; the same criteria that employers are looking for!

How do I complete the Education criteria?

You must earn ten credits, equivalent to ten hours or more of continued education, through the Education Program or the Scholarship Program.

How do I complete the Experience criteria?

You must complete twenty credits, equivalent to twenty hours or more of event management experience, by participating in the Experience Program. Ten credits may be earned through the Scholarship Program.

How do I complete the Leadership criteria?

You must earn one credit, equivalent to a one-year leadership term or more, by participating in our Leadership Program.

How do I complete the Mentorship criteria?

You must complete one credit, equivalent to a semester or more, by participating in the Mentorship Program.

How many total credits do I need to earn the Accreditation?

You must complete 32 credits — 10 Education, 20 Experience, 1 Mentorship, and 1 Leadership — to earn the Accreditation.

How do I track my credits?

As you complete credits, use the website Accreditation Tracker to track your progress toward earning your accreditation. We recommend bookmarking this page on your browser.

What happens when I complete all the credits?

The SEPA Board of Directors will validate your credits and award your benefits.

Is there a deadline to complete all the credits?

You may work towards earning credits throughout the duration of your membership. However, to receive your benefits in the fall, you must complete all criteria and update your Accreditation Tracker by November 1.  To receive your benefits in the spring, you must complete all criteria and update your Accreditation Tracker by April 1. For maximum benefit, we recommend completing all criteria the semester prior to graduation.