Coalition of Celebrant Associations

Australia’s Peak Celebrant Body

6.0 Implement a Pre-Appointment Assessment Process

It is recommended that a self-funded uniform pre-appointment assessment process of knowledge and skills by interview be provided. This would ensure:
  • a uniform high standard of entry for all independent marriage celebrants
  • a qualitative baseline for trainers qualifications to provide training with the VET system, and
  • a measure against which existing celebrants could be tested as part of their OPD in a 5 year review cycle.
CoCA recommended a Pre-Appointment Assessment Process be established and presented a model for such a process at the October 2010 AGD-CoCA meeting.

It is believed that some of the benefits of this process would be to:
  • Address problems with the variable outcomes of the knowledge and skills of graduates of the VET system.
  • Strengthen the perception that the Marriage Celebrants role is an important one requiring more than just passing a course.
  • Provide an opportunity for a celebrant to become a CoCA accredited celebrant if the celebrant successfully passes this testing.
Please refer to Appendix 2 for the document presented in October 2010.

Cost Recovery

Cost recover for this recommendation would be recovered from the applicants for appointment.

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