Education and training are Sarawak’s foci to developing and nurturing human capital in the business events industry.

Sarawak is setting the bar for event design excellence as the first destination in Malaysia to host the Level 3 Event Design Certificate (EDC) Programme, enabling business event practitioners in the State to obtain the highly-acclaimed Certified Event Designer (CED) designation.

The EDC Programme is a Swiss-based international certification programme recognised by the world-renowned Events Industry Council, making it possible for Sarawak’s industry partners to obtain their CED designations is BESarawak in collaboration with local industry partner ARC Creators.

CED candidates will be equipped with fundamental knowledge, skills and tools using the Event Canvas Methodology, a strategic management tool for developing event and conference models where success is measured through behaviour change.

Upon completion of the half-year course, candidates should be able to think outside of the box and create compelling convention designs that generate more value for planners, delegates and other stakeholders involved.

“International certifications are vital as it meets the needs of our industry and the needs of the State to progress,” said Amelia Roziman, BESarawak’s CEO. “Not only can our partners deliver quality international business events, but widen their opportunities to collaborate with the private and government sectors to propose more events that will provide a platform to develop Sarawak’s economies and support social development — contributing to the State’s social and economic transformation.”

BESarawak’s General Manager for Capacity and Digital Development Dylan Redas Noel believes that this is a much-needed development for Sarawak’s industry partners to continue pursuing international recognition and value.“National and international business event planners have a growing appetite for creative and engaging conventions. Hence, we are determined to certify more industry partners and raise their professionalism via international courses,” he says.

ARC Creators’ Chief Technology Officer, Ronald Lim, says,“As one of the first three Certified Events Designers in the country, I have seen the methodology and process helped me to design better conferences.  I hope that by organising more CED cohorts in Sarawak, we can all level up and deliver more sustainable and quality business events. We are grateful that BESarawak understands the importance of upskilling and growing the industry partners.”

Twenty-seven industry partners have registered for the EDC Programme, which incorporates an intensive three-day professional course beginning 6th – 8th February, followed by a six-month coaching period. BESarawak provides subsidies for certification programmes to Sarawak-based partners. For more information on this and other certification programmes, please email Ellya Emelda at

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