I met one of my neighbours this morning and he mentioned he was becoming a celebrant soon so he could marry two friends who are getting married soon.

I gave him the spiel I give anyone and everyone becoming a new celebrant, but I thought it’d be something worth putting down in a blog post, and hopefully if you’re a hopefully future celebrant then this can be an encouragement to you too.

Please become a great celebrant

There are enough average celebrants, more than enough below average celebrants, so if you’re going to do the Certificate IV and put all the effort into an application, building your brand and business, and actually becoming a celebrant, please become a great celebrant.

Please become a celebrant who gives a shit about marriage, about your couples’ getting married, about how their marriage ceremony can be and should be the best part of their wedding.

Please become a celebrant that somehow magically is the highlight of the event whilst never actually being the highlight, but making the couple the highlight. Be that magical combo of being the person who makes the ceremony the best ceremony ever, whilst also being kind of invisible, like the puppeteers in a broadway show, anonymous talents wearing black from head to toe, the ones who actually made the show, but you won’t find their names on the poster.

Please become an educated celebrant

The art of celebrancy requires far more than a Certificate IV in Celebrancy, but to become a celebrant you need a Certificate IV. I’d be a fool if I recommended any other RTO over Life Skills Training for a Certificate IV in Celebrancy, and not because it’s CEO is my co-founder of the Celebrant Institute, but also because I meet students trained at other RTOs and so many are not equipped to be a celebrant. Over 75% of celebrants who have done the Certificate IV responded to a survey saying they felt unprepared after completing their Certificate IV.

The Cert IV in Celebrancy is hard, some would say too hard, but it’s your opportunity to become equipped as a celebrant, so Life Skills Training is where I think you should train. As an added bonus, I help Sarah with the more nerdy and techie elements of the RTO so you might even get to see my face on a Zoom call.

Even after the Certificate IV immerse yourself in becoming a better celebrant. That’s the whole goal of this website, the Celebrant Institute, a place where we pursue the greater extents of celebrancy, plus it’s a place for you to ask and learn.

Please become a celebrant

The wedding industry deserves a wide and diverse range of celebrants. Celebrants of different genders; celebrants from different ethnic backgrounds and different cultures; celebrants of different religious, faith, and philosophical traditions; celebrants that have different styles and methods.

Please become a celebrant that makes the industry proud, that makes your couples proud, and make your parents proud.

There’s more than enough room in our ranks for talented, skilled, and diverse celebrants so please come and join us.

How to become a celebrant

Becoming a celebrant is easy:

Step one: you simply study the Certificate IV in Celebrancy … complete it of course … and I’d budget twelve months for that study. It’s popular to study it online, which is more than fine if you’re disciplined, but doing the one week face to face option is a great way to accelerate your learning and get your head in the right place for the rest of the work you’ll need to do in the months following for your assessment.

Step two: gather two references and prepare yourself for a police check as you apply to the Attorney-Generals’ office. The application comes at a $600 cost.

Step three: wait for your application to be processed, mine took 12 months but these days it’s more like three months, but you kind of just have to wait. That’s why it’s important to not book weddings until you are registered because there’s no promise as to how long it takes.

During this application process you’re welcome to access the Celebrant Institute aspirational celebrant membership, it’s a special one year membership for aspirational celebrants, one year’s membership at the cost of one month, join here.

Step four: When you’re anointed by the celebrancy gods, the AGD, you’re welcome to start your business, and that’s where we help out, and we’d love to have you as a member.