How do I become a Celebrant?


Being an Independent Celebrant and training others in this profession is one of the greatest joys of my life. Often, after I have delivered a wedding ceremony or a Celebration of someone’s life, I am asked by someone attending ‘How do I become a Celebrant?’ I am always so glad to hear that they’re asking because they’ve been pleasantly surprised by the service they’ve just seen and want to explore how to create that for others.

become a celebrant

Becoming a Celebrant is about finding the right teaching style and support structure to enable you to be the best Celebrant you can be. We all learn in different ways; some of us like one-to-one learning, others thrive in a group environment. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to review all the options out there.

Find training that matches your learning style

The Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC), the only Trade Organisation for Independent Celebrants in the UK, has a select list of approved and recommended trainers. I am honoured to be one of them and have enormous respect for the others on the list. We all provide different styles of learning and different lengths of course. What we all have in common is our dedication to helping people become outstanding Celebrants.

Remarkably, there are currently no legal requirements for qualifications to become a Celebrant in the UK. A family member, friend or colleague can take a life-celebration ceremony without any training. The same is true for all the ceremonies we currently carry out. However, this is not something I would recommend, as you would be missing out on many aspects to becoming a celebrant that you can only learn with experience.

And your own experience will be really important in your progress. The skills we bring to our work with families, often at challenging times, are going to be key to your success. I’ve been sharing some of the key skills needed in this blog series.

If you’re interested in how to embark on this path, take a look at this short video for more details. It is without a doubt, the most fulfilling and remarkable career choice. I have found that my own experience over all my previous roles, has made me a better Celebrant.

Think about why you want to become a Celebrant

Many Celebrants will tell you this feels like a calling. Becoming a Celebrant seems to happen for us because of personal experience. We often see a ceremony and feel inspired. There are also times where we wish we’d known about this option, because a service fell short of our expectations. Whatever your reason, be clear about what motivated you to start on this new chapter and you’ll find a passion that makes you a wonderful Celebrant.

If you’d like to explore the opportunity and commitment required for our training, you can book a conversation into Dinah’s calendar here.

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