Alison Petrie from Encanta shares why Accreditation does matter

encantaAt Encanta we create world-class conferences, events, meetings and exhibitions that exceed our clients’ expectations. With offices in Perth and Melbourne and servicing clients internationally and across Australia, it is the quality and depth of experience of our team; our tailored approach to each and every client; and the systems, processes and technology that we employ to underpin our end-to-end suite of services that sets us apart. Our team is supported by a solid infrastructure incorporating effective project management tools, cloud technology and financial controls.

We maintain the highest integrity in our dealings with our clients, prospects and third party suppliers. We are a Fully Certified Event Company of the Professional Conference Organisers Association of Australia (PCOA). This is really important to us, and provides peace of mind to our clients that whilst we care and are passionate about their event, it’s also about delivering results.

Q: How many years have you been trading as an Event Management Company?
A: Over 20

Q: What does being a Certified Event Company (CEC) mean to your business?
A: Going through the actual compliance process was like doing an audit of the company. It made the Directors sit back and really take stock of what we do and how we do it. That alone was really beneficial. Having the accreditation is something we are enormously proud of and we make sure our staff feel that pride too, and we present our CEC status wherever we can.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced when applying for your CEC?
A: Taking the time to complete the application! Gathering the data and making sure we were up to date with paperwork, processes and procedures.

Q: Name your three main reasons why an Event Company should be accredited
1. It makes you look forensically at your business, something we don’t do often enough.
2. It has to be a marketing advantage if managed correctly.
3. It keeps the company ahead of the pack and provides clients with the peace of mind that their chosen PCO has done the work, passed the PCOA’s robust accreditation criteria and has the right credentials to be looking after their event.

The PCO Association CEC Program is independently audited. For a company to be awarded CEC accreditation it must have a minimum of one Certified Event Manager (CEM) employed in the business and additionally satisfy criteria that is audited by an independent certified practicing (CPA) accountant.

Accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the business needs to apply again to maintain their accreditation.

For more information on the PCO Association click here

Alison Petrie
encanta
M: 0413 168 426
EAlison.Petrie@encanta.com.au