Whilst we do not stipulate any particular academic qualifications, you will need all the below qualities to become a successful Celebrant.
It is important to build a good working relationship with funeral directors, crematorium staff, and others. The ability to develop and maintain a good reputation in the local community and with other organisations within the Funeral Industry will enable you to build a reputable business.
There are no formal entry requirements to undertake the qualification although you will need the following personal qualities and skills to become a successful celebrant:
What is the minimum and maximum time to complete a course?
There is no minimum as you can work at your own pace in your own time.
The course time frame is 6 months.
Is there an age limit for those who wish to train?
There is no upper age limit for those wishing to train for this work.
On successful completion of your course(s), celebrants either work on a self-employed basis, or are employed by their organisation. Training on self-employment is included.
Do you accept an Advanced Learner Loan from the government?
Or any funding for that matter?
We do not accept Advanced Learners Loans however if you are employed and are about to be made redundant in Wales we do accept REACT funding for your course.
We also accept payments via a payment plan. Please contact us regarding this.
NB: This funding is only available in Wales at present time.
Is it possible to pay by instalments for an online training course?
Yes, we offer a payment plan as of January 2022 – the payments will be split into three monthly downloads – your course content will mirror this, and also be split into three monthly downloads. Please contact us for more details
Is it possible to purchase a course if I live outside of the UK?
And would there be any need to visit the UK to complete the training?
Yes, you can purchase a course from outside of the UK. There is no need to visit the UK. The monthly payment plan does not apply to non UK residences.
Are the Training Courses relatable to Countries outside the UK?
Yes, each course requires you to research and find out your legal requirements for the country that you reside and work in.
Is the role of a Celebrant for me?
If you have a passion for supporting others, have a creative side to you, enjoy public speaking and can speak publicly. Do you have the confidence to take the lead? Then this role is perfect for you.
This course will cover everything you need to know to give you the knowledge of the industry, the practical work so you can go out and officiate at ceremonies with confidence and professionalism.
Our course will take you through every element, so even if you are new to learning, you will be guided through at your own pace.
How quickly can I start?
As soon as you have chosen your course, made your payment, our technical team will issue you with an invite to join the members area of our website, this is done usually within 24 hours of payment, however if payment is done over a weekend, this may take 48 hours.
I am new to Celebrancy, and I have never run my own business?
This course will teach you everything you need to know about Celebrancy, and we can advise you on running your own business, or you could take the opportunity of joining our franchise team.
Will I be supported?
You will never be alone, we have a wonderful team of qualified Celebrants, all who able to advise and talk you through any situation.
You will then have access to a monthly Q&A session with your fellow students and the mentors.
You'll also immediately gain access to Facebook, where are students come together for support.
On completion you will receive a certificate.
You will receive a digital and hard copy certificate, also six months free membership to our celebrant directory. We also offer to enhance your CPD (Continuous professional development) with more course, should you wish to do so.
Shadowing a Celebrant on the job?
This is possible, all of our celebrants are willing to help and guide new celebrants, please be advised in current circumstances with COVID this might not always be possible.
When choosing a Celebrant to help you achieve the ceremony of your choice there are a few things to consider.
The role of a celebrant is to serve either the bereaved and their community or to help a couple to create a wonderful wedding blessing or a family welcoming a new member to the family.
Good Celebrants create and lead uplifting, fitting, and personal, ceremonies. A Celebrants work should clearly reflect either the person who has passed away, by respecting their belief system, acknowledgement of their community of family and friends, and create an environment in which the grieving process can be held and supported.
Or help a couple or family share wonderful celebrations by listening to their needs and wishes and helping them make the right decisions to achieve their desired ceremony.
A Successful Celebrant:
They have good computer and IT skills, supporting effective communication between their clients and also any third-party professional. They should be able to offer and produce professional looking scripts that can be viewed prior to ceremonies and offered as treasured as keepsakes.
They will be aware of the new GDPR regulations and compliant; They will work confidentially, in their own specialised fields. A good Celebrant will always be able to show you their insurance in public liability and indemnity.
They offer to visit families at home and give as much time as needed.
(COVID restrictions may apply – so in some cases the meeting with a family may be done via Zoom or another video platform or via telephone and email).
They are inclusive, flexible, and non-judgemental.
They engender trust through openness, sensitivity, and confidentiality.
They are willing to involve family and friends in creating the funeral, they will also send a script for approval before the funeral.
They will welcome all speakers, performers, and any alternative parts to the service.
They meet and greet the family at the crematorium and are available immediately after the funeral ceremony.
Understanding that a successful funeral is one that serves and supports the bereaved.
They have a calm and reassuring presence, providing gentle leadership without seeking to be the centre of attention.
They are a clear, confident and engaging speaker with a range of pace and intonation.
They are responsive to what is happening in the room and environment, and are able to think on their feet and adapt where necessary.
They are well groomed and appropriately dressed.
Every ceremony is personal, and created following a detailed and extensive interview with the relevant family and community of the person who has died.
Every ceremony draws out and encourages the families own tastes in culture and literature, using the celebrants own knowledge and resources as appropriate.
Every ceremony is inspiring and ell structured, with a script that accurately reflects the life, values and beliefs of the person who has died.
Every ceremony includes language and ritual that is appropriate to the family they serve.
They are on a continuing path of personal and professional development to keep informing and improving the profound and varied demands of celebrancy work.
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