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I was approached a couple of weeks ago to see if I’d like to try out and review a course from NCC Home Learning, either the Plan Your Own Wedding Diploma or the Wedding Planner Diploma. I chose the latter because I’ve already done my own wedding nearly seven years ago (what??!), and also because I’ve been wanting to diversify and expand my skillset within the wedding industry for a while, and add to that I’ve had a few emails from readers about becoming a wedding planner, so I thought this would be the one we’d all find most useful.

I worked at an exam board once upon a time, so the most important thing for me to ask of NCC Home Learning was about accreditation: is this a worthy qualification? No point in taking this course or recommending it if it’s not been through proper development and sign-off. I’ve been reassured that it’s Level 3 on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), is accredited by NCFE, and has been developed by, “a qualified wedding planner and author who has a wealth of experience in this industry.” In fact, it’s the planner behind Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s wedding and also Robbie Williams’s 30th birthday party, so he knows his stuff!! And so I am thrilled to be getting going with this, and am really grateful to NCC Home Learning for giving me this opportunity!

I’ve had a look through the modules, and there’s a good comprehensive coverage of all things planner, from wedding themes, the planning process, catering, etc., to useful business topics such as marketing your services. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience, it says, which is good for those looking to change career. You get your course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email, along with 12 months of unlimited support. Assessment is done on a modular basis, with each section requiring you to pass a test and an activity. No end-of-course exam to panic about!

I’ve listed this under ‘sponsored posts’ because I will gain, for free, the qualification worth £340 (you can also pay in instalments) on completion of the course, in return for this introductory post and a review post at the end. I hope you’ll find it useful to read my thoughts on the course, both as a wedding blogger and an ex-qualification developer.

OK, so back to school I go! Wish me luck!


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