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Civil celebrant

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Summary of occupation

Civil celebrants conduct non-religious weddings, funerals and other formal ceremonies celebrated in the community. The most common ceremony civil celebrants carry out is for non-religious marriages. Civil celebrants are expected to prepare an individual ceremony for their clients, with the help of their clients. They provide resources and advice to assist clients express their values and ideals, which are then incorporated into proceedings. They perform the ceremony, and ensure all documentation is handled appropriately and according to legal requirements.

ANZSCO description: Conducts civil marriage ceremonies, funerals, commitment ceremonies, namings and other ceremonies, and maintains  appropriate records. Registration or licensing is required.
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Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A civil celebrant needs:

  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • excellent public speaking skills
  • cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • respect for symbols and rituals used in celebrating life events
  • an understanding of the role important ceremonies and rituals have in the lives of individuals, groups and communities
  • sound business management skills.
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Working conditions

Civil celebrants carry out weddings and other ceremonies at indoor and outdoor venues, at historic sites such as the Old Swan Brewery on the Swan River or King's Park in the heart of Perth, or in their client's home or garden. Civil celebrants will carry out ceremonies on the date and time requested by their client, so may need to work on weekends and at any time during the day or night. While many ceremonies are times of celebration and joy, civil celebrants may also conduct funeral services. This calls for sensitivity about the needs of grieving clients and their families. Civil celebrants are generally self- employed.

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Salary details

On average, civil celebrants, classified under other personal service workers, can earn between $800 and $900 per week ($41 600 and $51 999 per year), depending on their level of experience, and the demand for their services. As a civil celebrant develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Civil celebrants use a range of office equipment to maintain their client records and correspondence, and any resource material. They may also use a range of audiovisual equipment to enhance their presentation during ceremonies, such as PA systems, microphones and projectors.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a civil celebrant without formal qualifications. However, you are more likely to improve your employment prospects by obtaining a formal qualification in celebrancy.

To conduct weddings you will need to complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy and meet the Fit and Proper Person requirements for registration with the Attorney-General's Department. For more information, visit the Department of Justice website.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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