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Texas Event Management Institute

Quality festivals, fairs, and events are among the most successful tools available to communities, states, regions and even countries to increase tourism, create powerful and memorable branding and imaging opportunities, bond people together, encourage positive media coverage, enhance economic impact, and add to the quality of lives for those who live there.

On the other hand, a poorly planned, managed and executed event can have a reciprocally opposite effect.

Over time, events themselves have changed; from often informal affairs to spectacular productions, requiring new sets of skills, experience, creativity, financing, planning and leadership. As a result, event management has evolved into a business and an industry, with new demands, challenges and expectations every day; from attendees / participants; sponsors, host communities and a plethora of other partners that the success of any event depends on.No other investment is more important for the sustained success of a festival, fair or event than to assure the continued professional growth, education and development of their staff, boards, and key volunteers.

Presented in partnership by three of the premier professional organizations in our field – the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA World), the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA), and The Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TAFE) - the Texas Event Management Institute is designed around the concept of bringing new and mid-career industry professionals, and key volunteers together with some of the most highly respected and experienced professionals in our industry, for a comprehensive educational and networking opportunity that will cover the critical basics of successful event management.

2024 Course Information

We're kicking off the 2024 TEMI FastTrack, Segment 1 with The New World of Ticketing, Financial Transactions & Audience on Tuesday, March 5.

Segment 1 includes 8 online courses between March and August 2024.
  • The New World of Ticketing, Financial Transactions & Audience
  • Social Media Marketing - Understanding the Landscape Part 1
  • Social Media Marketing - Understanding the Landscape Part 2
  • Running a Successful Merchandise Program
  • Event Administration and Legal Considerations
  • Sponsorship Sales & Services Part 1
  • Sponsorship Sales & Service Part 2
  • Understanding Insurance and Liability

Segment 2 offers an additional 8 in-person courses during the Pre-Conference in San Antonio, on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 - 17.
(Pre-Conference registration required)

Segment 3 will consist of 5, in-person courses during the Annual Conference in San Antonio, Monday and Tuesday, November 18-19.
(Included in Conference registration, and open to all attendees)

Segment 4 will be offered in 2025.

TEMI FastTrack Schedule

A full TEMI FastTrack Cycle consists of 27 courses. Course work is grouped into 4 segments. The 2024 Segment Schedule is below.

TEMI Fast Track Bundle of 8

2024 Segment 2: In-Person - Eight (8) Courses - Pre-Conference in San Antonio, TX - Nov. 16-17, 2024

2024 Segment 3: In-Person - Five (5) Courses - TFEA Conference in San Antonio, TX - Nov. 18-19, 2024

2025 Segment 4: Online - Schedule TBD

Enrollment & Registrations

TEMI Students must first enroll in the program by clicking either the Member or Non-Member buttons below. There is a one time enrollment fee of $150 for Members or $300 for Non-Members.

Students must also register for each segment of course work below. The 2024 Segment 1 Registration is now open. Select the 8 Class Bundle below to register.

Click to enroll online:

Members Non-Members

TEMI Fast Track Webinars - 8 Class Bundle
TEMI Fast Track Webinars - 8 Class Bundle
Registration includes 8 of the required 27 courses to achieve your Certified Festival & Event Associate (CFEA) from the Texas Event Management Institute.
Only want to register for some of the courses?
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The Program

The Texas Event Management Institute (TEMI) professional education program was created to serve the needs of Texas (and other) event professionals, currently in or aspiring to careers in the event management field. The program is designed to be completed in three years. It is presented, in parts, at the TFEA Annual Conference and Trade Show (each July) and at designated Regional and Behind-the-Scenes Workshops throughout the year.

The Texas Event Management Institute is part of the IFEA’s Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE) professional certification program, with parallel tracks to the IFEA’s Event Management School and CFEA educational requirements.

The Rewards

Upon successful completion of the Texas Event Management Institute program, enrollees will earn the designation as a “Certified Festival & Event Associate” (CFEA), the first phase toward future attainment of your ‘Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE)’ designation through the IFEA, which recognizes an industry-focused combination of top-level experience and continued professional education. For those looking to earn them, Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and Certificates of Completion will be awarded by South Texas College for all training sessions.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who produces any type of special event, festival, fair, conference or convention.
  • Current mid-management event staff looking to broaden their knowledge base while enhancing their professional networks.
  • Cities, Parks and Recreation Departments, Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitor Bureau, and Non-Profit Organization staffs who produce and/or work with local events.
  • Theme Parks, Promoters, Show Producers, Agents, Entertainment Buyers.
  • Staff who produce and/or work with local events.
  • Those new to the Event Management field.
  • Event Management students looking to strengthen their professional resumes.
  • Key event volunteers looking to expand their capabilities.
  • Someone looking for inspiration, creative imagination, and innovation.


Texas Event Management Institute instructors are selected from the top IFEA and TFEA event management professionals in our industry today.


There is a one-time administrative fee of $150 per member registrant to track the registrants progress through the courses. Anyone enrolled in the former TELP (Texas Event Leadership Program) does not have to pay the fee again. Fees are paid to the Texas Festivals and Events Association upon entering the program.

All course fees are included in the cost of attendance at the TFEA Annual Conference and Trade Show and at designated Regional and Behind-the-Scenes Workshops throughout the year, as may be applicable.

For more information on the Texas Event Management Institute, contact TFEA Executive Director, Kay Wolf, at kay@tfea.org or by calling 830-997-0741.

The Curriculum

The Texas Event Management Institute’s curriculum was created with the goal of providing a strong basic understanding and awareness of the multiple, critical, components involved in event planning and management, as defined by current and active professionals in the field. Curriculum components are regularly revisited to keep pace with the rapidly changing expectations, trends & issues of our industry.

Note: The Texas Event Management Institute curriculum is not targeted at the corporate meeting planning niche of our industry, but rather, the outdoor public event sector. There are 27 courses in the TEMI curriculum (all courses are mandatory to complete the program). The curriculum is divided into a three (3) year rotation. Classes will be offered at the TFEA & TAFE Annual Conference and Trade Shows (each year) and at designated Regional and Behind-the-Scenes Workshops throughout the year. Currently TAFE offers 6 classes at the TAFE Conference in January. TFEA offers a FastTrack Program at the TFEA Conference in August (13 courses one year and 14 courses the next year). This rotation will continue. Webinars are being planned to add 3 courses each year.
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