Join the AOIC

Joining the AOIC
Association of Independent Celebrants Membership

The Association of Independent Celebrants warmly welcomes new members at all times; this includes newly trained celebrants, experienced celebrants and corporate membership for groups of Celebrants working together under one company name.

We strive to provide our membership with the support and resources they require to be the most professional Celebrants in the UK and overseas.

Your AOIC membership provides you with insurance cover up to the value of £5,000,000 for any one claim in respect of Public Liability and £1,000,000 for any one claim in respect of Professional Indemnity, whilst you are engaged in the business of working as an independent celebrant whether it be in the UK or overseas.

We also offer many other benefits to promote you and to assist you in your work and will continue to add to this list:

Benefits Include:

  • An AOIC badge with your name printed on it
  • An AOIC ID Card with your photograph on it
  • Your own insurance certificate
  • A comprehensive listing on our website placed under every county or country in which you or your company are prepared to work
  • A group voice when lobbying for political change, for example regarding current marriage laws
  • Professional support and investigation in the event of a formal complaint being made against you or your company
  • Regular newsletters with information of interest, including Personal Development and other training opportunities; details of AOIC meetings you can attend. The AOIC’s future plans; members’ achievements, and much more
  • A Funeral and Wedding Service Resource Manual
  • Brochures for both Funeral and Family Celebrancy
  • Promotional material sent out on your behalf to Funeral Directors, Wedding Venues, Event Planners etc
  • Access to the Members only area of the website where you will find useful downloads including Contracts, Certificates and Logos, you can use on your personal stationery
  • The AOIC are proud to be the only Celebrant Trade Body that assists members with telephone help at times of trouble and distress.  In partnership with Saif Assist we provide a free telephone counselling service

The comfort of knowing that there are other colleagues out there to help and support you, while still remaining ‘independent’!


Criteria

Joining the AOIC – experienced Celebrants
For those who are already practicing and experienced in conducting Ceremonies including practicing Celebrants (with 6+ months experience); Registrars; Members of the Clergy.

You will need to provide details of:

  •  Two professionals or organisations (e.g. Funeral Director/Wedding Event Organisers) for whom you have regularly conducted services or;
  • Two couples or families for whom you have conducted ceremonies (e.g. wedding/civil partnership, baby naming);
  • All relevant training courses you have completed, and copies of certificates pertaining to these courses;
  • Two full service scripts of each type of Service/Ceremony you have written

Joining the AOIC – new Celebrants
For those who are just starting out as a Celebrant we offer an automatic 6-month Licentiate Membership. Support is offered to you through your Regional Committee Member. They are in a position to offer advice and guidance where needed or they can seek further advice using the many resources provided by the AOIC.

You will be asked to supply:

  • Proof of any training course/s with all relevant certificates as soon as they are available.

At the end of the 6 months we will ask you to provide details of:

  • Two professionals or organisations (e.g. Funeral Director/Wedding Event Organisers) for whom the you have conducted services or;
  • Two couples or families for whom you have conducted ceremonies (e.g. wedding/civil partnership, baby naming);
  • Details of any additional training courses you have completed, and copies of certificates pertaining to these courses;
  • Two full service scripts of each type of Service/Ceremony you have written

Your progress will be reviewed and all being well you will be given full membership. If it is felt you are not quite ready we will work with you to ensure you receive the relevant support so we can progress your membership in due course.

Joining the AOIC – Corporate Membership

For Celebrant Companies with several Celebrants working together under one company name.

The Company will be asked to provide details of:

  •  Two professionals or organisations (e.g. Funeral Director/Wedding Event Organisers) for whom the they have conducted ceremonies or;
  • Two couples or families for whom they have conducted ceremonies (e.g. wedding/civil partnership, baby naming)
  • Two full service scripts of each type of Service/Ceremony the company uses

Each individual Company Member will be asked to supply:
•  Proof of their training course/s with all relevant certificates


Applications

AOIC Membership Fees
A joining fee of £50.00 will be charged to all experienced applicants or per company for Corporate Membership. This is to cover expenses including badges, ID cards, Insurance certificates, registering members, taking up references and assessing submitted scripts.

To support new celebrants that are starting out and applying for a licentiate membership the AOIC will waive the £50 fee.

The current individual Membership fee is £300 per year, however for your first year the AOIC is pleased to offer this at the discounted amount of £200.

Membership fees can be paid by monthly standing order with no additional costs at £16.66. Alternatively, you can pay in full by cheque or electronic transfer.

Corporate Membership is currently £200 per member and can be paid as above.

Our Membership is renewed on the 1st April each year and the level of subscription charged will be reviewed each financial year. Should there be any change to the subscription fee it will not take effect until a full year from the date you join.

Members paying their subscriptions on an annual basis will be reminded that their next subscription is due a month prior to the renewal date.


Join the AOIC Today
If you are interested in joining the AOIC please contact our Administrator Kim Franklin at admin@independentcelebrants.com or by telephone to 074 6919 2644.
Emails will be answered by the administrator within 48 hours during the working week.

Full Name

Email Address

Contact Number

Postal Address

Are you a Trained Celebrant?

Are you a Experienced Celebrant?

Are you a newly trained Celebrant?

Please state which organisation you trained with

Are you seeking Corporate Membership?

Names of Company Members requiring Membership

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