Five Wedding Managers at Sandals get international certification

Thanks to the support of the Sandals Corporate University (SCU), five Wedding Managers at Sandals Resorts International now officially hold International Event and Wedding Planning Professional™ (IEWP®) designation, having successfully completed the QC Event School’s Event and Wedding Planning Certification course.

Kerry-Ann McDonald – Wedding Manager, Beaches Ocho Rios

The QC Event School is a faculty of QC Career School, an online international school with a successful reputation of educating creative professionals for the last 35 years.

Competitive advantage

The IEWP Event & Wedding Planning certification is an industry-recognised distance learning course approved by the International Live Events Association and which cements the holder’s credibility as an established industry professional and provides competitive advantage.

The managers, Kamesha Dennisur and Anna-Kay Hawthorne from Sandals Ochi Beach Resort; Tannif Turner from Sandals Royal Caribbean; Kerry-Ann McDonald from Beaches Ocho Rios; and Samaria Cooper from Sandals Royal Bahamian recently completed their studies and participated in QC Event’s online graduation ceremony.

“Upon pursuing this course, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and insight into event planning.”

— Kerry-Ann McDonald

In a bid to further her team’s development, the company’s Director of Weddings and Romance, Marsha-Ann Donaldson-Brown, tasked the managers with identifying a course that would provide in-depth training specifically targeting their niche market. She shared: “As our wedding programme is niche-specific, we wanted to provide the team with opportunities to pursue wedding-specific courses, certification and conferences that would provide international exposure and a cutting edge with consumers, travel trade and other external wedding professionals.”

Funding proposal

Having identified the QC Course, a funding proposal was submitted to the SCU, which led to the company offering each manager a grant of 50 per cent of the programme cost. It’s an offer the managers were extremely grateful for and immediately accepted.

Beaches Ocho Rios’ McDonald said: “I am very appreciative for the opportunity afforded to me by the SCU. The certification and extended knowledge I now have could not have been possible without the SCU and for that, I am eternally grateful. Upon pursuing this course, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and insight into event planning. It has provided me with a clearer vision and has added to my years of experience as a Wedding Planner. I am even now more equipped with the tools I need to be successful in my career.”