If you are interested in pursuing an exciting and fulfilling career as an independent celebrant, please see below the details of the celebrant training companies we work with and recommend.
We are pleased to waive our standard £50 joining fee for all those who apply for AOIC membership within 3 months of passing a course with one of the training providers below. We are also happy to accept celebrants trained by other organisations. All new members will receive a £100 discount on their first year of membership.
Before reviewing these trainers, please read our guidance about training as a celebrant and disclaimer below, which contain some further advice for those considering the celebrant profession.
Civil Ceremonies Ltd
Civil Ceremonies is an Ofsted Outstanding provider offering Level 3 Diplomas in Funeral Celebrancy and Naming and Couples Celebrancy.
Mountain Celebrations is an award-winning celebrant training company providing an extensive range of NOCN qualifications.
Celebrant Training Masterclass
Celebrant Training Masterclass is a funeral celebrancy course run by AOIC member Debbie Coe, offering a full and varied perspective on becoming a funeral celebrant.
School of Celebrancy
School of Celebrancy is an accredited provider of training, professional development and mentoring for nature-inspired celebrants worldwide.
Is a celebrant career right for you?
If you’re considering training as a celebrant, here are a few points to consider before you decide if it’s the right career for you.
Celebrancy can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career, but the role of a celebrant is not suited to everyone. To become a good celebrant you must possess excellent listening and interpersonal skills, creative writing skills and presentation skills. All of these can and should be developed throughout your training and career, but it is important to be aware that the role of a celebrant is about much more than having the confidence to deliver a ceremony.
If you decide you would like to pursue a career as a celebrant, it’s essential you get professional training. You will be responsible for creating and conducting some of the most important events in people’s lives, so you need to be confident in what you’re doing and it’s not a role to be taken lightly.
Be sure to get the best training you can afford and on the route that suits you most. All the training organisations we work with are professional and thorough, but all are different in style. So do your research and find the one that fits you best.
Finally, once you qualify, keep learning! We feel strongly that continuing professional development is essential for celebrants and we recommend a variety of CPD options to our members, including recommended reading, courses, conferences and networking events. A good celebrant never sits back and thinks they know it all.
If you still feel that this is the right career for you then we wish you all the best with your training. And if you do go on to qualify as an independent celebrant, we hope you’ll come back and join us!
Celebrant training – Disclaimer
There are various celebrant training organisations in operation. The AOIC works with those it has assessed as offering training of a high standard; however, please keep in mind that training to become a celebrant is a subjective experience. The AOIC cannot be held responsible for anyone’s experience on a course they undertake. It is for each individual to assess which training route/trainer is best for them. Everyone will of course have their own perceptions and individual experience thereafter.
The celebrancy profession is made up of a very diverse range of people and characters, with a vast array of beliefs and ways in which they like to serve as celebrants. We try to reflect that in our choice of trainers.
Should you have any complaints about the training you receive from one of the training companies we work with, your first port of call should be the relevant training organisation. If this route does not prove successful, the AOIC will investigate and try to resolve the issues raised, both for the sake of that individual and for the benefit of future trainees.