Coalition of Celebrant Associations

Australia’s Peak Celebrant Body

FIRST DRAFT - Proposed Diploma in Professional Celebrancy

Purpose of Diploma: The Diploma qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.


Note: Previously the Skills Council had not worked from a job description which is why this qualification has been revised in a major way. Marriage Celebrants are the final decision makers under law to decide to proceed with marrying a couple. Thus they are not a para-professional working for a 'licensed professional' but a professional in their own right. Likewise in providing funerals and other ceremonies for the community, celebrants are the final decision makers, in consultation with individuals, couples, and families of the services they deliver.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of a professional celebrant. Celebrants may specialise in arange of areas as well as developing skills to manage their own celebrancy private practice.

Job titles - may include:

  • Professional Celebrant
  • Civil celebrant
  • Community celebrant
  • Family celebrant
  • Funeral celebrant
  • Loss and grief celebrant
  • Marriage celebrant
  • Officiant

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

This qualification addresses the specific legislative responsibilities of marriage celebrantsand is linked to national registration requirements

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 17

  • 13 core units
  • 4 elective units, consisting of:

  • up to X units from other Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are publicly available

Core units

¥ CHCCEL501X Identify & address client in a celebrancy role
¥ CHCCEL502X Create and organize non-legal ceremonies
¥CHCCEL503X Research, create and evaluate ceremonial elements appropriate to ceremony purpose and client needs
¥ CHCCEL504 X Conduct and review a non-legal ceremony
¥ CHCCEL507 X Create resources for set-up and maintenance of Professional Celebrancy Practice
¥ BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity
¥ CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
¥ CUSMPF402A Develop and maintain stage craft skills
¥ CUFWRT301A Write content for a range of media
¥ CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
¥ CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice
¥ CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief
¥ CHCCD404E Develop and implement community programs

Elective units

4 units from the following

Group A electives – required for marriage celebrancy work

(2) The following unit is required for marriage celebrancy work. This unit is required to apply for registration as a marriage celebrant with the Australian Attorney-General's Department.

¥ CHCCEL505 Address the legal requirements of marriage ceremonies
¥ CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules.

The following grouping of relevant of electives is provided to facilitate selection.

Funeral celebrancy

¥ SIFIND001B Work effectively in the funeral services industry
¥ CHCCEL506 Providing and review celebrancy services related to loss and grief

Community services

¥ CHCP AS401B – Undertake pastoral care work

Business services

¥ BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
¥ BSBSMB405A – Monitor and Manage small business operations
¥ BSBSMB406A – Manage small business finances.
¥ BSBSMB403A Market the small business

Commonwealth of Australia 20XX

XX Training Package D 0.1 October 2012
XX Training Package D 1.0 CHC42608 Diploma of Professional Celebrancy.doc

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