Funeral Celebrant Training

Australian Celebrations Training is a registered training organisation, RTO #31179.  Our Funeral Celebrancy qualification has been designed by professional curriculum designers who understand the needs of adult learners.


Our Funeral Celebrancy qualification has been designed by our company Director, Beth O’Brien who is a internationally certified Thanatologist, grief and bereavement counsellor and very experienced funeral celebrant.  You can read about Beth on this webpage, or on her other webpage listing her extensive qualifications that support the funeral celebrancy training curriculum   


How do I become a funeral celebrant in Australia?

To become a funeral celebrant in Australia you are not compelled to complete training.


Many funeral directors will only recommend funeral celebrants if they know they have been formally trained.  Whilst they appreciate that many people may have the skills to design and present a ceremony, there concern is that people have formally studied the area of grief and loss and how to be with clients in their recent bereavement.


Whilst the funeral celebrant training is not designated by a government department as being compulsory to enter the profession of funeral celebrancy, there has been a growing trend over the last 10 years of Funeral Directors selecting graduates of this course.


For people who may be studying or considering the Cert IV in Celebrancy to seek appointment as a marriage celebrant these are three of the electives from that qualification, or you can study just the three units by themselves.


Given the sensitive nature of this work, both for your clients and your own care it is highly recommended that you complete the training. We have met people who are already funeral celebrants and then decide to complete the training,and have found it of high value.


The nationally approved courses that are included in this training are units from the Certificate IV in Celebrancy CHC41015 are: 

CHCCEL008  Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies

SIFXIND002   Work effectively in the funeral services industry

CHCCCS017  Provide loss and grief support 


They are aimed at preparing a celebrant to design and perform a funeral ceremony with the needs of the client family in mind, and in a professional and respectful manner. 


When can I start?

Correspondence and Online students – can commence enrolment at any time.

Classroom Students – at the beginning of your scheduled class.



No Classes currently available.


How long will it take me to finish this qualification?

You will be enrolled for 12 months.


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 it currently takes our students is 9-12 months. 


How much does it cost to complete the qualification?

Fully Online - $450

Correspondence (hard copy of training materials) - $510

Blended – Zoom/Face to Face Classroom - $580

3-day Face to Face Classroom - $695


How many people will be in class?

Our class sizes are limited to 12 people.


What will assessments be like?

Vocational education is competency based.  There is no exams 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.  You need to complete all assessments to a required standard to gain the qualification. 


Assessments may be:

Written assignments

Observation and report writing


Oral assignments


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.

The enrolment form can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Classroom students please note:  The class will only proceed if sufficient number of enrolments are received.


Who will be my trainer or tutor?

Australian Celebrations Training has trainers that are both highly experienced celebrants, business people 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.


Can I use this course for my Marriage Celebrant OPD? 

Yes, you can use this course towards your OPD, to do this you must complete at least one unit of competency within the same year that you have enrolled.     



Download Course Information Here

*  Funeral Celebrancy Course Information Guide   

*  Course Enrolment Form

*  Student Information Guide