ISO 20121 - Event Sustainability Management System

Online self-paced training in implementing and auditing ISO 20121.

Want to take your event sustainability management planning to the next level? 

Learn how to implement the ISO 20121 event sustainability management system for your event, event management company or venue.


Our self-paced online course will lead you step-by-step through the standard – not just focusing on how to comply with the standard's requirements, but opening up why the various elements are important.

self-paced online format

✔ videos and webcasts

✔ readings and case studies

✔ conformity assessment review tips

✔ homework assignments

✔ a chance to test your knowledge

✔ includes access to experts

How long will it take?

8 Modules | 25 Lessons
3 mins to 30 mins per lesson

You can breeze through the course by just watching the presentations and draw on the written work when you're ready. Or you can dive deep into each and every topic. You can also cherry pick the topics that are of interest to you.


What's the course like?

The course includes readings, videos and webcasts, case studies, conformity assessment review, (voluntary) homework assignments (!), and a chance to self-test your knowledge.

Further readings and links will also be cited for those who wish to explore further topics. You're not forced to labour through topics that you don't need a brush up on!

Who's the course for?

Our implementation course is suitable for those working in the event sector with sustainability competencies who wish to know how to implement ISO 20121. Our auditing course is suitable for auditors of management systems such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001, who wish to contextualize the various requirements within the event industry setting, for the benefit of effective audits.

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USD$350 - SEA Members USD$250

Should I even consider ISO 20121?

Yes, you should if...

Your event repeats, annually, weekly, monthly, in one or many locations

 Your event is once off but of such a scale there are many years pre-planning

The organising committee for the event changes and there's a chance of previous experience being lost

You're from an event organising company that produces multiple events for various clients

You run a venue which provides more than just dry hire

You're from a supplier such as catering, waste, energy, infrastructure or other services which has typical event management processes and impacts

Your company has excellent systems and frameworks and sustainability management should likewise be systemised

You wish to fully embed and integrate sustainability management into the DNA of the event or organisation

Is ISO 20121 training for me?

Yes, you should if...

You are the sustainability manager of an event, event organising company or venue.

You are an event industry professional often asked to implement sustainability and you want to know what ISO 20121 is so you can consider whether it is right for you.

You are an Auditor of ISO 20121 and you wish to learn how you can do truly effective audits that speak to the event sector and its nuances

You are wishing to undergo professional development soYou are ready to say 'yes' when asked if you can implement ISO 20121 for your event, company or client.