Since the introduction of an “open-market” approach to authorisations for independent marriage celebrants in 2003, a celebrant needs to be family and/or community celebrant who promotes and offers a variety of ceremonies for their communities covering tragic events, funerals (usually at short notice), memorials through to celebratory occasions of births, marriages and other life events, such as birthdays, weddings anniversaries, namings etc.)
Diversity, flexibility and high professional standards are required to meet society’s changing needs.
Most people who think about being an independent civil celebrant - think about being a Marriage Celebrant.
How to become an independent celebrant?
Then visit the considering becoming a celebrant? section of our website.
The important thing to consider is whether you want or need a part-time or full-time income from celebrancy.
If the answer is YES, then
- being an independent civil celebrant for all occasions will be important, as over 75% of celebrants make less than $20,000 gross from their work
- memorials, wedding anniversaries and birthdays for seniors for many celebrants will be important (our NZ celebrant colleagues offer over 50 types of ceremonies)
- check out why there were changes to celebrant training in 2017
- think about what your priorities will need to be for business planning
- become a student member of a professional celebrant association (and take insurance and copyright cover when you start doing ceremonies)
When you are deciding which RTO is the best fit for you, then what electives are offered by the RTO are important to know.
You will need marriage and funeral training and business knowledge and skills.
Some trainees may need to do
- marriage and funeral electives in their Certificate IV in Celebrancy then gain business support from their local business networks and support organisations.
- marriage and business electives in their Certificate IV in Celebrancy then do a separative funeral course later. Note: this option may limit your ability to plan and build your celebrancy practice from when you commence as a celebrant.
For a comparative list on fees, course duration, mode of training and fee help on the Registered Training Organisations below:
Click here: www.myskills.gov.au/registeredtrainers
Links to each RTO are found on their name and their ElECTIVES are listed below as this information is made available to us.
REMEMBER to scroll down on these My Skills pages to obtain RTO contact details and addresses etc.
RTO Code: 31179 | Type: Privately operated | Registered since 2005
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RTO Code: 31939 | Type: Privately operated | Registered since 2009
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