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Three countries endorse standards in events management

By Julia Rutherford Silvers, CSEP

A tri-lateral Memorandum of Understanding for reciprocal recognition was signed on July 2nd at the EMBOK Imbizo in Johannesburg between South Africa, Canada, and Australia. The MOU specified that the Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA), the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC), and Service Skills Australia have agreed and committed to cooperation with regards to Global Certifications and Recognition of Qualifications and Standards for events management.

These agencies will undertake the mapping of their qualifications against each other (and the EMBOK) and are looking to draw together a Global Council including other sector skills councils from around the world for developing a Global Events Management Standards Initiative, from which a global set of competencies will be developed.

It is also anticipated that the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in the UK will be adding Events to Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism as a specific set of benchmark statements against which all higher education programs (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the UK are mapped.

It is exciting to see that events management (which includes meetings, expositions, and all other types of events) is gaining recognition by governments around the world as a distinct and important occupational category and the events industry as a profession.

Julia Rutherford Silvers, CSEP is the author of Professional Event Coordination (Wiley, 2004) and Risk Management for Meetings and Events (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007). Originator of the Event Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK) Project http://www.juliasilvers.com/embok.htm. Charter member of the International EMBOK. Four-Time Winner of the ISES Esprit Award for Best Industry Contribution. Visit http://www.juliasilvers.com/Imbizo.htm, which gives a brief history of the International EMBOK.

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