Enrolments for the Certificate IV in Celebrancy are closed for 2021; we will not be taking any further enrolments this year under any circumstances. We hope to re-open enrolments at the end of March 2022; keep an eye on our socials for updates.

NB: We cannot recommend another provider for the Cert IV in Celebrancy.



Course Details

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The Certificate IV in Celebrancy CHC41015 is a nationally accredited course offered by The Celebrant Institute RTO 22417.

What are you looking for in your celebrant training? Are you looking for the best celebrancy course in Australia, a course that will provide you with professional and relevant celebrancy training, education and ongoing support? Look no further, for this is what The Celebrant Institute offers you.

With over 71% of Certificate IV in Celebrancy graduates feeling unprepared for their work as a marriage celebrant, I have designed a course that tackles that problem head on. My celebrant students will graduate with the confidence needed to stand in front of weddings and absolutely rock at what they do, while also being prepared to address the legal structures and requirements of being a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant.

As one of my valued students, you will receive support, information and inspiration all the way through. My students always have direct access to me through email and phone. I am a working celebrant and may not always be available to chat straight away, but if you leave a message, I will always call you back.

I will continue to support you after your studies, when you are facing the challenges of creating best practice ceremonies in the real world. You will be able to stay in touch with the other students you meet through the course. You will be encouraged to attend ceremonies (observing appropriate protocols), learn from your colleagues, and enrich each other by sharing experiences.

At the moment your one and only trainer is me, Sarah Aird, CEO of The Celebrant Institute, and I am widely regarded as the best celebrancy trainer in Australia. I have a small team of trusted assessors to help me review your completed work, but I am still your main contact.

In addition to initial training, The Celebrant Institute holds a contract to provide required Ongoing Professional Development for registered celebrants, so you can feel confident that I am in touch with a wide range of practising celebrants on a regular basis, as well as keeping completely up to date with what’s going on in the world of celebrancy.

About Sarah Aird

Sarah Aird civil celebrantI have been a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant and funeral celebrant since 2013, and in that time have earned a formidable reputation amongst Australian celebrants as the go-to person for all matters concerning marriage legalities and business. My knowledge of the Marriage Act, Regulations and Guidelines is thorough and current, and I work hard to keep up to date with any changes to the way Australian celebrants work.

My ceremony clients are just as impressed with my work as my colleagues are; I provide a warm and compassionate service to my wedding and funeral clients, and they are always quick to recommend me to others.

I not only know all of the things, I’m also adept at teaching them to new and experienced celebrants in a way that is friendly and approachable. With expertise spanning all aspects of a celebrant’s work, from the legalities to writing ceremonies to performing ceremonies to running a successful, process-oriented business, I have so much to give to the next generation of Australian celebrants, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to pass on my skills and knowledge.

If you’d like to hear me speak on all things celebrant-related, have a listen to my podcast with Josh Withers, The Celebrant Talk Show, available in your podcast app or at https://celebrant.fm/. My collaboration with Josh Withers, The Celebrant Institute, provides a membership platform for celebrants and aspiring celebrants to ask questions of both of us, recognised experts in the industry. You will receive a free 12-month membership to The Celebrant Institute as part of your Certificate IV in Celebrant enrolment; read more about us at https://celebrant.institute/


Study options

1. Online learning courses are completed entirely from your own home, starting every four weeks (see intake dates in the Enrolments section below), with 12 months to complete the learning and assessment tasks. Course fees: $1600

2. Blended learning courses start with spending five days in a classroom with me and a small group of other trainees, during which I download as much information as I can from my brain into your brain, and then you have 12 months to review the content, watch some videos, and complete the assessment tasks. Course fees: $2400 

(Please note no blended courses are currently scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions; I may run blended courses via Zoom in the future, but there are no immediate plans for this at this stage)

Content and assessments

Whichever method of study you choose, the course content and assessments are the same; we look at ceremonies in general in Australian culture, then take a deeper look at marriages and funerals. We also look at what is required to set up a sustainable celebrant business. A hard copy comprehensive manual is provided for blended students; the same manual is available electronically for online students. There is also a range of supplementary material available and a comprehensive array of document templates to assist you with your work.

Assessment is extensive and involves everything from written assignments through to mock ceremony performances (which must be videoed for submission); at least one ceremony must be performed in front of at least 20 people, and at least two ceremonies must be performed using PA equipment.

Time investment

You should be prepared to allow approximately 20 hours per week over a 12-month period in order to complete the course on time. Of course if you have more time to devote to your study, you may be able to complete the work in less than 12 months. I offer you a maximum of 12 months to complete the required assessment work, with extensions available for a small fee.


Officially there are no prerequisites for this training. However, I expect students to be (or at least to be prepared to learn to be) confident public speakers who enjoy being in the public eye, with a solid grasp of the written and spoken English language. Students must have access to an internet-connected computer with Microsoft Word, and enough computer literacy to complete the assignments and email them for assessment. You will be required to undertake a simple Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test before your enrolment is finalised.


There are six compulsory units and seven elective units (including three units that must be completed to apply for registration as a marriage celebrant); I have selected the units I feel will best set you up for starting and running a sustainable celebrancy practice.

A. 6 core units

CHCCEL001: Develop sustainable celebrancy practice
CHCCEL002: Establish client celebrancy needs
CHCCEL003: Research, design and organise ceremonies
CHCCEL004: Prepare for, present and evaluate ceremonies
CHCDIV001: Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001: Work legally and ethically

B. 3 units required for registration as an authorised marriage celebrant

CHCCEL005: Establish and maintain marriage celebrancy practice
CHCCEL006: Interview clients and plan marriage ceremonies
CHCCEL007: Prepare for, present and evaluate marriage ceremonies

C. 4 elective units

BSBCMM401: Make a presentation
BSBREL401: Establish networks
BSBSMB404: Undertake small business planning
CHCCEL008: Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies

Many students ask me if they MUST complete the funeral celebrancy unit. In a word, yes. I want all of my celebrancy graduates to walk out into the world fully confident and able to perform a wide range of ceremonies, including funerals. Every marriage celebrant will be asked to perform a funeral at some point during their career, and I want my graduates to be prepared so that when that phone call comes, they don’t feel the need to impose on an experienced funeral celebrant and ask if they can copy one of their scripts. It’s unprofessional and unfair, so I insist that all of my students complete this unit.

Becoming a Marriage Celebrant

Completing this course does not guarantee that you will attain registration as a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant. Please ensure you have read the information on the Attorney General’s Department’s website about Becoming a Marriage Celebrant before you enrol for this course:


Once you have completed the Certificate IV in Celebrancy, you will be required to apply for registration as a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant. The Attorney-General’s Department will assess your suitability for registration based on the information you provide in your application. The application fee is currently $600 payable to the Attorney-General’s Department.

Creating a successful and sustainable celebrancy business can be difficult. It’s important that you know it may be tough to earn a full-time living from celebrancy.

It is also crucial that aspiring marriage celebrants are aware they are not allowed to advertise their services or take bookings from marrying couples until after they have received their registration as a celebrant.

Fees and refunds

Fees are payable as follows:

  • Online students: Total fees $1600; 50% to be paid before the start date, the remaining 50% to be paid one month after starting the course
  • Blended students: Total fees $2400; 50% to be paid before the commencement of the face-to-face training week (in a single instalment or two monthly instalments if time permits), the remaining 50% to be paid one month after the face-to-face training week

Information about fees and charges

  • The Celebrant Institute RTO protects the fees that are paid in advance by students by not requiring a student to ever pay more than $1,500 in advance for services not yet provided, either prior to course commencement or at any stage during their course.
    • Fees will be paid off during the course in instalments according to a set payment plan which meets these requirements
  • Fee information relevant to a course is outlined in detailed in the Student Agreement and summarised on the Course Outline as well as the RTO’s website. In compliance with Clause 5.3 of the Standards, detailed fee information is provided prior to enrolment.
  • Fee information includes:
    • All costs for the course including any materials fees
    • Any other costs payable to the RTO including costs for recognition of prior learning if applicable
    • Payment terms and conditions including deposits, refunds and payment plans if applicable
  • The Student Agreement and the Student Handbook (which are provided prior to enrolment) include this Fees and Refunds Policy and inform the student of their consumer rights. Students are asked to sign the Student Agreement in acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the enrolment and this policy.
  • Where an employer is paying for a student’s course, an Employer Agreement will be provided at the time of enrolment outlining the total fees, payment terms and schedule of payments applicable.
  • No cooling-off period applies as The Celebrant Institute RTO does not use unsolicited consumer agreements (such as telemarketing, door-to-door selling or direct approach marketing in a public places).

Course fee inclusions

  • Course fees as applicable to each course are detailed on the Student Agreement and include:
    • All of the training and assessment as well as educational support services required for students to achieve the qualification or course in which they are enrolling within the attempts allowed. Where a student fails to achieve a satisfactory outcome after three attempts at an assessment task, reassessment fees may apply.
    • One copy of the required textbooks and learning materials for each student unless otherwise stated on the Course Outline.
    • Issuance of one set of certification documents including the testamur (certificate) and record of results and/or a Statement of Attainment (in the case of withdrawal or partial completion).
  • Course fees do not include:
    • Any optional textbooks and materials that may be recommended but not required to complete a course.
    • Replacement textbooks if original copies are lost or misplaced. Costs for replacement textbooks are outlined on the Student Agreement.
    • Stationery such as paper and pens or other personal use items such as computers or internet access that may be required to complete homework tasks.
    • Printing costs (if required).
    • Re-issuance of AQF certification documents. Re-issuance or additional copies of these documents will attract a fee of $50 per document plus the cost of postage if required.
  • The Celebrant Institute RTO cannot guarantee that students will successfully complete the course in which they enrol regardless of whether all fees due have been paid.


  • Payments can be accepted by electronic transfer or credit card.
  • Students who are experiencing difficulty in paying their fees are invited to call our office to make alternative arrangements for payment during their period of difficulty.
  • Debts will be referred to a debt collection agency where fees are more than 40 days past due.
  • The Celebrant Institute RTO reserves the right to suspend the provision of training and/or other services until fees are brought up to date. Students with long term outstanding accounts may be withdrawn from their course if payments have not been received and no alternative arrangements for payment have been made.


  • Fees paid are transferrable to a different blended intake if the original session is no longer suitable for the student, at no charge to the student.
  • Only one transfer is allowed per enrolment; additional transfers will attract an administration fee.
  • Students may upgrade from online to blended learning by paying the different in the fees at the time of the blended intake commencement.

Deferral of enrolment

  • Students may defer their enrolment for up to 12 months and recommence their training program at a later date and occur no additional fees. Students wishing to defer their enrolment for more than 12 months will need to cancel their enrolment and re-enrol when they are ready to recommence the training program.
  • Only one deferral is allowed per enrolment; additional deferrals will attract an administraton fee.

Refunds for fee-for-service students

  • All course fees for fee-for-service students include an Enrolment Fee (or non-refundable deposit) which will only be refunded where The Celebrant Institute RTO is required to cancel a course before it commences due to insufficient numbers or for other unforeseen circumstances.
  • A student not achieving the qualification or unit/s in which they enrolled due to exhausting their attempts at assessment does not entitle the student to a refund.
  • RPL application fees are non-refundable.
  • Students may cancel their enrolment in writing at any time, but if their training program has already commenced, they will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid.
  • In the unlikely event that The Celebrant Institute RTO, or any third parties responsible for delivering training and assessment on its behalf, is unable to deliver the course or any portion of the course as promised, the student will be issued with a refund for the course or portion of course that was not provided. This includes the following situations:
    • Where The Celebrant Institute RTO or any third parties delivering training and assessment on its behalf ceases to operate.
    • Where The Celebrant Institute RTO ceases to deliver the course in which a student is enrolled, and the agreement is terminated.
    • Where The Celebrant Institute RTO needs to make a change to the terms of the student agreement (such as the way the course is delivered or conditions of enrolment) and a new agreement cannot be reached with the student to account for changes.
    • In any of the above situations, The Celebrant Institute RTO will automatically conduct a refund assessment of all affected students and issue the refunds due to the Fee Payer accordingly. In these cases, there is no need for a student to make an individual application for a refund. Refunds will be issued within 28 business days.
  • The refund assessment will be based on reviewing the services and/or materials provided to the student and the costs incurred by The Celebrant Institute RTO in the provision such as:
    • Textbooks or other materials provided
    • Training provided and received (e.g. number of meetings/classes/visits etc.)
    • Individual support provided by the trainer/assessor
    • Assessments marked or feedback provided (including RPL).
  • The outcome of the refund assessment will be provided in writing to the student’s registered address within 28 business days, outlining the decision and reasons for the decision along with any applicable refund or adjustment note. Refund decisions can be appealed following our Complaints and Appeals Policy & Procedure.

Recording and payment of refunds

  • Refunds will be paid to the person or organisation that made the original payment.
  • Refund assessments can be appealed following our Complaints and Appeals Policy & Procedure.
  • Records of refund assessments and issuance of refunds will be stored securely on the student’s file and in iur accounts keeping system.


  • Students who are unable to complete the training program within 12 months may apply to extend their enrolment for three months at a time, at an additional cost of $300 per extension. Only two extensions are available; if the course is not finished after 18 months, the student will need to re-enrol and start again.
  • Extensions are only available to those students who have completed a substantial amount of work at the time of their application for extension.


  • The Celebrant Institute RTO will publish in a prominent place on its website the following:
    • Costs for fee for service programs.
    • This Fees and Refunds Policy.

Enrolments for the Certificate IV in Celebrancy are closed for 2021; we will not be taking any further enrolments this year under any circumstances. We expect to re-open enrolments in early 2022; keep an eye on our socials for updates.

NB: We cannot recommend another provider for the Cert IV in Celebrancy.