Our Inclusion and Diversity Commitment

We promise to make inclusion and diversity key to everything we deliver at the Celebrant Coaching and Training Academy. And that’s not a statement to tick a box. It’s a promise that we expect to be held to. Our values and beliefs are simple when it comes to this.

Aims for inclusion and diversity:

Celebrant Coaching and Training Academy aims to teach with an atmosphere of kindness, respect and care for each other. In particular, we aim to treat every student and graduate equally, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


All our training and events are conducted using technology that makes it accessible to people with mobility challenges or considerations. It allows those who prefer not to be in a group to receive one-to-one tuition at their own pace.


We encourage those from mixed-faith or mixed-cultural backgrounds to take our training programmes. Independent Celebrants are not the same as Humanist Celebrants. We understand your beliefs are your beliefs and we honour and respect that by including them in your ceremonies. At the CCTA we will not train Humanist Celebrants. Because we choose to embrace diversity for all, not only those who think like we do.

We encourage all students to use their pronouns on their Zoom, emails, marketing materials and website. Our support of this approach is a way of demonstrating allyship to the LGBTQ+ community. We reserve the right to decline to work with anyone who expresses a transphobic response to this request.

Before undertaking our six-week wedding celebrant training, or our six-week Funeral Celebrant training we expect every student (from January 2024) to complete the GIRES online training workshop ‘Gender Diversity Awareness for Employers & Service Providers’ . This will be paid for by the Academy as part of our commitment to supporting their work.

Inclusion and respect

Every student and graduate should be made to feel equally welcome and included.

Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise offensive and inflammatory remarks and behaviour are not acceptable. These constitute harassment and have no place in the Academy.

Dealing with discrimination and harassment

If any student or graduate feels they have been discriminated against by the Academy they should raise this with the Dinah Liversidge.

The person you choose to report it to will investigate the complaint, listening to all persons involved. (If the complaint is against a staff member, that member will not be part of conducting the investigation).

If the complaint is against a particular individual:
This person will have the opportunity to express their point of view, accompanied by a colleague. The person making the complaint will also have this opportunity.

If the complaint is against the Academy as a whole:
Dinah Liversidge must work to ensure that such discrimination is not repeated in the future. She must inform the complainant of how they propose to do this.

The Academy will support people who feel they have been harassed or discriminated against. It will not victimise or treat them less well because they have raised this.

This policy came into force on 01-01-2024 in its current form. We are constantly updating the inclusion and diversity policy. And we are always open to discussion on how it can be improved.

Dinah Liversidge
Celebrant Coaching & Training Academy

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