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Australian Celebrations Training

Certificate IV in Celebrancy

To seek appointment as a Marriage Celebrant in Australia, you must first complete the course Certificate IV in Celebrancy CHC41015. The other criteria for an aspiring marriage celebrant is a legal questionnaire and a “fit and proper person’s test” that is administered by the staff of the Attorney-General’s Marriage and Inter-country Adoption Branch

The qualification of Certificate IV in Celebrancy was designed to bring a new level of education to the profession of Marriage Celebrancy.  Since 2003 training has been compulsory, and consisted of one mandatory unit of study from the Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy. From January 2010 there has been the further requirement that all candidates need to complete the whole Certificate IV in Celebrancy. You should familiarise yourself with the appointment process at  
This qualification is a nationally recognised course under the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

CHC41015 - Certificate IV in Celebrancy

This qualification is part of the CHC08 Community Services Training Package.

This qualification covers the broad based skills and knowledge that underpin a range of celebrancy roles, as well as addressing specific legislative responsibilities of marriage celebrants and providing a range of electives representing different aspects of celebrancy work.

Celebrants may specialise in a range of areas of celebrancy as well as developing skills to manage their own business operations. Within this qualification you must complete successfully 13 units of study. There are  compulsory 6 units,  3 units if you wish to seek marriage registration, and then the complement in elective units.

Compulsory Units (6) are:


Develop sustainable celebrancy practice


Establish client celebrancy needs


Research, design and organise ceremonies


Prepare for, present and evaluate ceremonies


Work with diverse people


Work legally and ethically 

Units (3) required to seek registration as a marriage celebrant are:


Establish and maintain marriage celebrancy practice


Interview clients and plan marriage ceremonies


Prepare for, present and evaluate marriage ceremonies

You will also achieve the unit of competency below when you have completed the Celebrancy core units


Make a Presentation

 Other electives (3 units to be selected from the list below): 

We have a wide range of choice for electives as we believe students should have units that they will find useful in their celebrant small business practice.  Some people wish to the funeral celebrancy units, and others would prefer small business and community services units, the choice is individual. 

You need to choose 3 electives from this list below.  They can be a selection of any of the following units.  Please note with the funeral units (3) they must be taken as a group.


Plan Small Business finance


Market the small business


Undertake small business planning


Use and respect copyright

** Funerals units must be taken in the group of 3



Provide loss and grief support


Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies


Work effectively in the funeral services industry

** With Australian Celebrations Training these units are incorporated into the one course and must be taken together. 


Within our marriage celebrant training we incorporate our manual on Directing Life Ceremonies (DLC).  This manual gives training and assessment in the following ceremonies:
Renewal of Vows
Love Commitment Ceremonies
Pet Funerals
Sub-rituals for ceremonies 

This course usually costs $295 via distance education, and $395 in classroom, but is included at no further cost in your training.  To be able to design various ceremonies is important to a professional celebrant.



The Certificate IV in Celebrancy by distance education has you studying all 13 units of competency via home study with the help of your personal tutor. You will be required to video various assessment items, therefore you will need to be able to have access to a video recorder. The course is self-paced to suit your business and personal life.


OPTION 1 - Traditional Correspondence
The fee for this mode of learning is $895.00, this all inclusive fee covers:
* All training materials posted to you in hard copy
* Access to your personal tutor for assistance in completing your studies

OPTION 2 - Online Learning
The fee for this mode of learning is $695, this all inclusive fee covers:
* Access to our online learning centre, all course material and assessments are accessed and completed online.
* Access to your personal tutor for assistance in completing your studies.


Students have a maximum of 12 months to complete their studies.

The Certificate IV in Celebrancy is a substantial qualification. The Queensland Department of Education and Training in their Transition Guide CHC08 V2.0 and V2.1 and the Victorian Purchasing Guide Version 2.0 look at the nominal hours it may take a student to complete the training. 

The average that they calculate for a thorough study of this certificate would be at a minimum 500-600 hours. These are notional hours and are given to Registered Training Organisations so that a more even value can be equated across all the different providers in Australia. The amount of hours that tally toward the 500-600 hours may vary from person to person depending on which elective units are chosen. 

Each learner who enrols in this course will have a different style and speed to their studies. Working on this course will vary for each person, it depends on a person’s own abilities, own free time to study, previous experience that may be credited, and how much effort they personally wish to add to their experience. You should also consider that you may have competing priorities of work, family, and maintaining good health, during this study time.

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