Civil Celebrant

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

Plan and deliver beautiful ceremonies for your friends, loved ones and clients, with this brand new course – suitable for beginners. This course will introduce you to the history of Civil Celebrancy, and the range of roles it has grown to encompass.

You’ll learn how to carry out weddings, renewals of vows and civil partnerships, as well as funerals and memorial services – guiding your clients through some of the happiest and most difficult moments in their lives, and learning how to forge a career in this exciting and emerging market.

Fees:
£495*
or pay in interest free instalments

Study grants* available. Use code SG20 when you enrol and we will fund part of your course fees.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course has been designed to enable anyone, no matter their experience, to follow their creative passion.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will learn

Unit 1 - Understanding Professional Civil Celebrancy in the UK

  • The beginnings of Civil Celebrancy as a profession
  • The development of Civil Celebrancy in the UK
  • Celebratory Civil Celebrants and Civil Funeral Celebrants
  • The role and attributes of a Celebratory Civil Celebrant
  • The responsibilities of a Celebrant

Unit 2 - Health and Safety Considerations for Civil Celebrants

  • Personal risks involved In visiting clients at home
  • Procedure for visiting clients in their homes
  • Ceremonies in a domestic setting
  • Ceremonies at an indoor (Internal) venue
  • Ceremonies at an outdoor (external) venue
  • Funeral ceremonies

Unit 3 - Valuing Equality and Diversity

  • Aspects of equality
  • Legislation relating to the issues of equality and diversity
  • Organisational bodies working on equality issues
  • Aspects of diversity
  • Stereotyping
  • The social benefits of diversity
  • The difference between discrimination and prejudice
  • Direct and indirect discrimination
  • Putting equality into practice

Unit 4 - Understanding Celebratory Civil Ceremonies in the UK

  • The historical background of the different types of civil celebration
  • The development of the registry office system
  • The impact of social changes on naming and couples’ ceremonies
  • The cultural role of civil celebratory services
  • Statutory and non-statutory ceremonies
  • The limitations of non-statutory ceremonies
  • The advantages of non-statutory ceremonies

Unit 5 - Planning and Delivering Celebratory Civil Ceremonies in the UK

  • Naming ceremonies
  • Weddings
  • Civil partnerships
  • Renewal of vows
  • Commitment ceremonies
  • Conducting planning interviews
  • Interview techniques
  • Options for civil ceremony choices
  • Enhancing a ceremony
  • Maintaining a professional manner as a celebrant
  • Strategies for time management
  • Working within the limitations of a venue

Unit 6 - Understanding the UK Funeral Industry

  • Key organisations in the funeral industry
  • Key staff within the funeral industry
  • Protocols within the UK funeral industry
  • The characteristics of a civil funeral
  • The definitions of some specific terms used in the funeral industry
  • The process of registering a death
  • Some useful resources to facilitate understanding of the funeral industry

Unit 7 - Working with the Bereaved

  • The cycle of grief
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance
  • How does grief impact on the work of the celebrant?
  • Appropriate language and tone when dealing with the bereaved
  • Arranging an interview with a bereaved person or family
  • How to conduct the planning interview
  • Using visual aids to demonstrate funeral ceremony options
  • Appropriate questioning techniques

Unit 8 - Creating and Conducting a Civil Funeral Service

  • Creating a script
  • Converting the delivery script to a presentation script
  • Creating a delivery script for a funeral
  • The range of funeral service options
  • Creating a personalised tribute (eulogy)
  • Creating tributes in response to unusual circumstances
  • Components of a typical civil funeral service
  • Time management
  • Delivering a funeral service in a professional manner

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Your progress may therefore depend upon how much time you would like to commit to study. However, as a rough guide, students tend to complete this course in approximately 180 hours*.

* Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.

Certification

Regent Academy Diploma

You will receive the Regent Academy Diploma when you successfully complete this course. With Regent Academy’s reputation this can be a highly sought-after addition to your CV and alongside your portfolio of coursework, powerfully showcasing your skills to prospective employers or potential clients.

City & Guilds accredited programme

You will also qualify to be awarded our City & Guilds Successful Civil Celebrant Certificate* when you successfully complete this course.

You can add this to your CV to demonstrate to prospective employers and potential clients that you have recognised skills.

To receive your certificate, simply call us to register*. You do not need to complete any more assignments or coursework.

* Students wishing to achieve the City & Guilds Accredited Programme in our Successful Civil Celebrant course are required to register (registration fee included in course price) – there are no extra assignments to complete. City & Guilds registration is not compulsory.

What's Next

What’s next?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you can become a practising Civil Celebrant and could start a career creating and delivering personalised civil ceremonies on behalf of your clients, including:

  • Weddings
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Commitment Ceremonies
  • Naming Ceremonies
  • Funeral Services
  • Memorial Services

Weddings

For the marriage to be legally binding, your clients will need to need to be legally married at a registry office (usually at a fraction of the cost for a registrant to attend a venue). Using a wedding celebrant gives your client the flexibility to have the service they want without the usual restrictions of a more traditional ceremony

For advice and support, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am – 5pm.

You could turn what you’ve learned into a career, or apply it to your existing role. For advice and support, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course has been designed to enable anyone, no matter their experience, to follow their creative passion.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £495* in one sum and receive a voucher towards your next course

or

Pay a deposit of just £55*, followed by 10 instalments of £44

* Students wishing to achieve the City & Guilds Accredited Programme in our Civil Celebrant course are required to register (registration fee included in course price) – there are no extra assignments to complete. City & Guilds registration is not compulsory.