CHC41015 - Certificate IV in Celebrancy

Australian Celebrations Training is a registered training organisation, RTO #31179 with the Australian government.  Our Cert IV in Celebrancy CHC41015  qualification has been designed by professional curriculum designers and highly experience celebrants who understand the needs of adult learners. 

Course Structure 

Marriage Celebrant Course Modes 

Our course is available in the following modes. 

  • Marriage Celebrant fully Online
  • Marriage Celebrant Distance Education (correspondence course)
  • Marriage Celebrant Face to Face/Online Blended Learning 

For all units that are on offer, please read our Course Information Guide. 

Please note that 2 of the units of competency that are needed to apply to become a marriage celebrant, require a simulated marriage ceremony as part of the performance evidence in the assessment requirements.  These are units CHCCEL004 Prepare for, present and evaluate ceremonies and CHCCEL007 Prepare for, present and evaluate marriage ceremonies. Both of these units state the need for the simulated ceremony be performed in the presence of 20 guests and require the use of a PA system. This requirement has been set in the formal qualification CHC41015.  We train students to every element of the qualification to ensure their best opportunity for professionalism in skills and knowledge.

 

If you are attending a classroom course, two weeks later an assessment day for classroom students will be held where students perform their simulated marriage ceremonies, and we will provide the guests for you on that day and the PA system. Many students find it difficult to source this amount of people, particularly if their studies are confidential, they live in a small town, or they have moved recently and have yet to build a local community of friends.

 

For distance education students in some cities we will be offering an assessment day for people to complete their simulated marriage ceremony assessment in person. We will provide the guests for the day, and the PA system.

 

There are 9 celebrancy units of competency that you need to complete to be able to seek appointment as a celebrant.  We have written the curriculum in a wholistic manner to avoid duplication of assessment work.  In this section of the qualification there are 11 assessments. We ask enrolling students to select either the business electives or the funeral electives, as we want people to have a qualification that is most useful to them.

 

Whilst the funeral celebrancy units are not compulsory to be able to work as a funeral celebrant, many funeral directing companies prefer to see that people have studied these units.  In particular, the unit CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support, so that you understand how to be present and supportive with bereaved people, as well as your own self-care.  Formal units of competency in funeral celebrancy may in the future be required to work in this area .  Our company director Beth O’Brien, who designed this course, is an internationally certified thanatologist and psychotherapist (specialising in grief and bereavement support, education and counselling).  You can read about her extensive background at www.endoflifeplanning.com.au/beth-qualifications/

 

How many people will be in class?

Our class sizes are limited to 12 people to allow for a generous interaction with the trainer, and time to ask as many questions as you need.

 

When can I start?

Distance Education and Online students – as soon as your enrolment is processed.

Classroom Students – at the beginning of your scheduled class.

 

How much does it cost to complete the qualification?

We have three study options available: 

 

Option 1 – Marriage Celebrant Online - $895 

This mode has you studying all 13 units of competency externally with the help of your personal tutor.    Your personal tutor is available in the student online messaging system to assist you along the way, or you can phone our office for assistance. 

You will be required to use a PA system and video some assessment items; therefore, you will need to be able to have access to a video recorder or other recording device (most students use their smartphones easily). For your simulated marriage ceremony, you will require a PA system and a minimum of 22 people to assist with this task; two adults as the marrying couple and 20 guests.

The course is self-paced to suit your business and personal life and can be commenced at any time.

 

Option 2 – Distance Education Traditional Correspondence - $1195

This mode has you studying all 13 units of competency externally with the help of your personal tutor.    Your personal tutor is available by email to assist you along the way, or you can call our office for assistance. 

You will be required to use a PA system and video some assessment items; therefore, you will need to be able to have access to a video recorder or other recording device (most students use their smartphones easily). For your simulated marriage ceremony, you will require a PA system and a minimum of 22 people to assist with this task; two adults as the marrying couple and 20 guests.

The course is self-paced to suit your business and personal life and can be commenced at any time. 

Please note this is not an online course, this option is a traditional correspondence course where the hard copy of your training materials is posted to you.   

 

Option 3 – Face to Face Classroom/Online Blended Learning - $1895 

Our classroom/blended course is for 5 full days, after one fortnight we meet again for the assessment day where you will perform your simulated marriage ceremony for assessment.  We will supply the venue, catering, the additional guests needed and a PA system.  The day is included in your full course fee.  The assessment day is for the practical assessment items such as the simulated marriage ceremony where 20 guests are needed to meet the requirements of the qualification.  

Other assessments for client interaction and for ceremony demonstration also happen in class.  After the 5 days you will still have your individual written assessments from the marriage units to complete and your elective assessments will be completed through our online learning centre.  All classroom students after their class is complete, will then be tutored for the rest of their journey by our company director Beth O’Brien.

 

External Students Assessment Day - $275 

The assessment day gives students studying externally the opportunity to complete their simulated marriage ceremony face to face, without having to organise the 20 guests.  We will provide the guests, the PA system and catering for the day.  The day runs from 9.00am – 5.00pm and you will need to be in attendance for the full day.

 

How long will it take me to finish this qualification? – 

You will be enrolled for 12 months from your date of commencement. 

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. The average time it currently takes our students to complete this course is 9-12 months. 

You can apply for an extension before your enrolment runs out, we offer a 3-month or a 6-month extension period.  Please refer to the fees guide. 

 

What will assessments be like?

Vocational education is competency based.  There are no timed examinations in the way that you have probably completed in the past.  We work with each student until they are competent in the skills or knowledge of the qualification.  You need to complete all assessments to a required standard to gain the qualification.                 

Assessments may comprise of:

Written assignments

Observation and report writing

Practical

Oral assignments

Performance of tasks

Research and review

 

What is the structure of the course?

The course has 13 units of study, some are compulsory to seek to apply to be a marriage celebrant, and some are electives.  In the electives you can choose either business units or funeral celebrancy units.  We have included in your marriage celebrancy units our extensive course called Directing Life Ceremonies (DLC) to enhance your knowledge and widen your ceremonial offerings. DLC including ceremonies of namings, renewal of vows, love commitment ceremonies, pet funerals, and sub rituals of ceremonies.  The DLC course is usually sold separately for $295. 

To see the structure please read our Course Information Guide.

 

How do I enrol?

Firstly, you will need a USI – a Unique Student Identifier, and then you can complete our enrolment form.  For our team to process your enrolment you must have completed all parts of your enrolment form. 

Fees

There are 13 units in the qualification CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy

Online Learning

13 units

$895

Traditional Correspondence (hard copy of training materials)

13 units

$1195

Classroom (5 days in class and one assessment day = 6 days in total) including training material, tuition, catering and support

 

13 units

 

Class deposit

Due two weeks before class

$1895

 

$395

$1500

RPL for existing authorised marriage celebrants

 

13 units

$1495

Enrolment extension

3-month extension

$250

Enrolment extension

6-month extension

$500

Assessment days for distance education and online students to attend in person

Catering, guests for the ceremony and PA usage included

$275

  

Buy now, pay later arrangements 

If you would like to use a payment service for your course fees, please contact our office for further information.

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Who will be my trainer or tutor?

Australian Celebrations Training has trainers that are both highly experienced celebrants, businesspeople and educators. We understand adult learning, and all like to balance the serious nature of our training information with a relaxed and humorous style of training.  We understand that some of our students may have not been in class for many years, or perhaps English isn’t their first language, and we have the professional skills to look after those students.  Please go to our Meet the Trainer tab on our webpage to read about our team. All trainers are also ongoing professional development trainers, where we train our colleagues in professional development.  We are one of the few training organisations that have been selected by the Attorney General’s Department to offer this annual and national training to people who are already marriage celebrants. 

 

How to become a marriage celebrant in Australia?

To seek appointment as a Marriage Celebrant in Australia, you must first complete the course Certificate IV in Celebrancy CHC41015.  Once you have completed your qualification you can then apply to become a marriage celebrant with the Australian Attorney General’s Department.  

Please read their webpage:

https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/become-a-marriage-celebrant.aspx 

Before enrolling you should familiarise yourself with the appointment process by visiting their webpage, and you should also read the Conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrants to ascertain if you may have a perceived conflict of interest which may jeopardise your appointment as a marriage celebrant.

 

 

If you are planning to marry a family member or a friend in a once off occasion

We appreciate that this is a wonderful hope of many people, however this is not a quick process.  The qualification is large and usually takes one year to complete.  Once you have completed your course you are then required to submit your application for appointment to the Attorney-General’s Department, processing of this application usually takes 3 months and there is a $600 application fee.  In addition to this you need to be appointed at least one month before the wedding date to accept the Notice of Intention to Marry from the marrying couple.  Also, once you become a marriage celebrant there are ongoing financial obligations to hold your registration.  You may wish instead to find an authorised marriage celebrant in your local community who you could work with to present the ceremony.

 

For further information please download our:
 
*  Course Information Guide      
*  Course Enrolment Form     
*  Student Information Guide
Marriage Celebrancy Course Timetable 
*   External Students Assessment Day Timetbale
 
 
or email us from our Contact Us Page to request an Information Pack.