How to become a Civil Celebrant

Civil celebrants design, plan and perform civil (non-religious) marriage ceremonies, funerals, commitment ceremonies, namings and other ceremonies, in consultation with individuals, couples and families.

Personal requirements of a Civil Celebrant

  • Enjoy working with a variety of different people
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Confident in public-speaking situations
  • Creative, flexible, tactful and empathetic
  • Mature, ethical, responsible, dedicated and conscientious
  • Socially and psychologically insightful
  • Good organisation skills

Education & Training for a Civil Celebrant

You can work as a civil celebrant without formal qualifications. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. In order to perform weddings you will need to complete a VET qualification in celebrancy and meet the requirements for registration with the Attorney-General’s Department. For more information, visit the Attorney-General’s Department website.

Duties & Tasks of a Civil Celebrant

Civil celebrants may perform the following tasks:

  • work with individuals, couples, families or other groups to create a ceremony meeting their requirements
  • design and organise personalised ceremonies and deliver these ceremonies to a wide range of audiences in a variety of settings
  • perform marriages and ensure legal paperwork is correct and submitted on time
  • communicate with people dealing with significant life changes, including loss and grief
  • use computer and internet systems for research, marketing, communication and support via professional organisations and the Attorney-General’s Department.

Working conditions for a Civil Celebrant

Funerals, memorials and other loss ceremonies can be emotionally demanding for both celebrants and their clients.

Employment Opportunities for a Civil Celebrant

Civil celebrants usually perform only a small number of weddings and other ceremonies each year. Most civil celebrants work casually or part-time.

Additional Information
To become a registered marriage celebrant with the Attorney-General’s Department, you must be at least 18 years of age and meet the Fit and Proper Person Requirements set for appointment. You will also need to undertake regular professional development. Marriage celebrants have a complex set of responsibilities under the law, and failure to meet these is a criminal offence in some cases. There are separate registration criteria for marriage celebrants who are fluent in an Australian Indigenous language. For more information, refer to the Marriage Celebrants Section of the Attorney-General’s Department.
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