Our Programme

The Celebrants Training College programme comprises three courses which are delivered in a flexible format to fit with busy lives. These are:

The courses are stand-alone, yet complementary, so can be completed in any order, or on their own as a form of upskilling in one particular area of celebrant practice.

Each course is completed in two phases:

  1. A weekend workshop
  2. A series of supported assignments

Each course begins with a weekend workshop which comprises 14 hours of face-to-face teaching by one of our four trainers. Workshops for each course are held three times a year in both Auckland and in Christchurch. During the weekend, you will learn essential concepts, skills and knowledge to enable you to confidently begin celebrant practice.

Workshop content is extended by a series of assignments. Delivered via our on-line learning platform, these assignments enable you to further develop your knowledge and skills. Throughout your on-line learning, your trainers give you support and feedback.

  • On completion of a weekend workshop, you will be given a Certificate of Attendance
  • On successful completion of Courses 1 and 2, you will be awarded a Certificate in Celebrancy
  • On successful completion of Course 3, you will be awarded a Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy.
  • On successful completion of all three courses, you will be awarded a Diploma in Celebrancy.

Our programme is offered flexibly and we suggest that you tailor the programme to your own needs and career aspirations. You may choose to:

Attend a weekend workshop and receive a Certificate of Attendance.

flowchartComplete follow-up assignments and achieve competency, with support and feedback from one of your trainers.

flowchartSuccessfully complete Courses  1 and 2 (weekend workshops and assignments) and obtain a Certificate in Celebrancy, and/or:

flowchartSuccessfully complete Course 3 (weekend workshop and assignments) and obtain a Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy. Note: Course 3 can be completed independently of other modules, and/or:

flowchartSuccessfully complete Courses 1, 2 and 3 (weekend workshops and assignments) and obtain a Diploma in Celebrancy.

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Our Courses

In 2019, we offer the following courses:

Course 1: Marriage Celebrancy and the Law

  • New Zealand law and celebrant practice
  • Step-by-step process: from booking to post-ceremony reflection
  • Documents and resources
  • Cultural considerations
  • Client interviewing
  • Personalising a ceremony
  • Structure of a marriage ceremony
  • Ceremony choreography
  • Effective ceremony delivery
Outdoor wedding arch and table setting

9am-4pm each day
Capacity: Unlimited
Cost: $695.00

Auckland
Quality Inn Parnell,
10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell,
Auckland

Christchurch
Commodore Airport Hotel
449 Memorial Avenue
Burnside, Christchurch

Course 2: Creating Excellent Ceremonies and Business

Ceremonial Writing

  • Ceremony as a rite of passage
  • The elements and structure of an effective ceremony
  • Creating an engaging story within a ceremony
  • Rituals and traditions
  • Effective use of poetry and readings
  • Crafting beginnings, endings and links
  • Style, flow and rhythm

The Celebrant Business

  • Finding your authentic purpose
  • Finding your niche in the celebrant market
  • Defining your brand
  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • Running a home-based business
Celebrant training books

9am-4pm each day
Capacity: Unlimited
Cost: $695.00

Auckland
Quality Inn Parnell,
10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell,
Auckland

Christchurch
Commodore Airport Hotel
449 Memorial Avenue
Burnside, Christchurch

Course 3: Funeral Celebrancy

  • The funeral service as a rite of passage ceremony
  • Step-by-step process: from booking to post-service reflection
  • Working with grieving people
  • Cultural considerations
  • Documents and resources
  • Client interviewing
  • Writing the service: structure and content
  • Effective funeral service delivery
  • The funeral director – celebrant relationship
  • Self-care
Funeral flowers

9am-4pm each day
Capacity: Unlimited
Cost: $695.00

Auckland
Quality Inn Parnell,
10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell,
Auckland

Christchurch
Commodore Airport Hotel
449 Memorial Avenue
Burnside, Christchurch

Tauranga
The Tauranga on the Waterfront
1 Second Avenue
Tauranga