🎓 Certificate IV in Celebrancy

delivered by the Celebrant Institute

The gateway course to becoming a civil marriage celebrant and funeral celebrant in Australia, the Certificate IV in Celebrancy, is now offered by the Celebrant Institute! Taught by Sarah Aird, with student support from celebrant and entrepreneur, Josh Withers, under the auspice of our RTO partner, Talented Training, RTO #45144.


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

Become the best celebrant you can be

Josh and Sarah are the hosts of the popular Celebrant Talk Show Podcast, and the creators of the Celebrant Institute, a membership program that supports Australian celebrants in their practice as celebrants, tackling everything from business advice to marriage law information.

Sarah Aird

Sarah Aird

Accredited Trainer and Career Celebrant

Sarah is a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant and Accredited Celebrant Trainer for the Certificate IV in Celebrancy and Ongoing Professional Development. She has earned a formidable reputation amongst Australian celebrants as the go-to person for all matters concerning marriage legalities.

Josh Withers

Josh Withers

Student Mentor and Authorised Celebrant

Josh has been creating meaningful, enjoyable, and personal marriage ceremonies for over a decade for couples everywhere between Ipswich and Iceland. Josh speaks at wedding industry conferences throughout America, Europe, and Asia, and regularly mentors new and upcoming celebrants one-on-one or through the Celebrant Institute program.

I wish I could bottle her up and use her to get my business booming!!


Abbie Frew Celebrant

Sarah was born to do this. What a star.


Anthony Cribbes Celebrant

Sarah’s knowledge of marriage law was insanely good – 5 out of 4! She also has a practical knowledge that’s brilliant.


Precious Celebrations

Sarah was exceptional – informative, great communicator, and very knowledgeable of topics.


Kate Nichols Marriage Celebrant

Always knows her stuff. Thorough knowledge and understanding of industry.


Lisa Butler Celebrant

Sarah is a legend… presenting relevant, interesting information in a friendly, fun manner


Wed By Kez

CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy

Before applying to become a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant, you must complete the Certificate IV in Celebrancy, including marriage celebrancy units.

The CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy qualification reflects the role of celebrants who work with their clients to plan and present ceremonies of varied types in the Australian community. When the marriage celebrancy electives are included, this qualification addresses the specific legislative responsibilities of marriage celebrants and is linked to the requirements set out by the Attorney-General’s Marriage Law & Celebrants Section.


Topics you will study

  • 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
  • CHCCEL005 Establish and maintain marriage celebrancy practice*
  • CHCCEL006 Interview clients and plan marriage ceremonies*
  • CHCCEL007 Prepare for, present and evaluate marriage ceremonies*
  • CHCCEL008 Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies
  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
  • BSBSMB403 Market the small business

*These units are required to apply for registration as a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant.

Before you enrol

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. 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 Cert 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. You will also be asked to complete a test on marriage legalities, and write a marriage ceremony based on a scenario. The application fee is currently $600.

Please make yourself familiar with our fees and refund policy here.

Upcoming classroom dates & locations

17-21 August 2020: Melbourne


If you have any questions at all about the course, please don’t hesitate to email Sarah at hello@celebrant.training or give her a call on 0458 022 190.

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