How to become a celebrant
You can get into this job through:
- a private training course
You do not need formal qualifications to become a celebrant though training may help your career prospects. There are different courses you can do with private training providers and through organisations like Humanists UK.
Courses vary in length, cost and entry requirements, and include:
- level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Celebrancy
- wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies training
- postgraduate Master's in Existential Humanist and Pastoral Care
You'll need excellent organisational skills and sensitivity to people's emotions when planning and conducting ceremonies.
Experience in wedding or event planning may be helpful but is not essential.
Celebrants are usually self-employed and often combine their work with a second career, for example wedding planning, events management or funeral directing.
You can find many celebrant organisations online, who offer information on how to become a celebrant, training courses and the different types of ceremonies they conduct.