How to Become a Marriage Celebrant in Australia

Becoming a registered celebrant in Australia is a multi-step process that is overseen by the Attorney-General’s Department.

The first step is the educational component. Anyone applying to become a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant must complete a Cert IV in Celebrancy from a registered training organisation. The marriage celebrant units of the course are essential to fulfill the legal obligations of a marriage celebrant performing a wedding service in Australia.

Following the successful completion of the Cert IV in Celebrancy, applicants will need to submit an application to the Attorney-General's office, complete a questionnaire on marriage law and processes, and submit the required documents and references to the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants.

After you become a registered celebrant, you can continue to further your education via specialist celebrant training courses that focus on specific areas of celebrancy such as funeral celebrancy, learning about the role of ritual and celebration in a ceremony, or the practice of public speaking and presentation, in addition to studying the legal elements of celebrancy.

Study a Cert IV in Celebrancy with The Celebrants Training College

The Celebrants Training College is one of Australia’s leading providers of celebrancy training, with hundreds of students graduating the Cert IV in Celebrancy course each year.

Offered in partnership with Life Skills Training RTO 22417, a registered training organisation, this course teaches the skills, knowledge, and techniques required to become a successful celebrant, also covering the compulsory units needed to qualify as an authorised Australian marriage celebrant.

Students can study in-class from highly qualified instructors and have nine months to complete the take home course materials, or take the entire course remotely via a distance learning program which gives students a six-month window to complete their studies.

Submit an Application to the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants

Upon completion of the Cert IV in Celebrancy, graduates can submit a request to the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants via an online application form.

Applicants will need to complete the questionnaire about marriage law and processes, and undergo a ‘fit and proper person’ test, which will typically require character references and an interview. Once approved, you can begin advertising your services as a marriage celebrant.

For more information on celebrant training, get in touch with our team at The Celebrants Training College and start your journey to becoming a celebrant today!

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