MELB Funeral Course - 9th/10th OCT 2021

MELB Funeral Course - 9th/10th OCT 2021

This is a comprehensive two day intensive course, that provides you with knowledge and skills to confidently begin funeral celebrant practice. As well as considering key theroretic ideas, you will develop a logical step-by-step process to plan, write, deliver and reflect on a funeral service. 

The workshop will introduce you to key knowledge and skills. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to develop these through targeted on-line assignments. 

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  •  Describe the purposes of a funeral service
  •  Discuss funeral ceremony as a rite-of-passage ceremony
  • Understanding the death and dying space 
  • Understanding the role of the Independent Advocate
  •  Discuss funeral service structure and components
  •  Identify key terms and roles in the funeral industry
  •  Understand how to work with grieving clients
  •  Hold a professional client/family interview 
  •  Describe a step-by-step process from booking to post-service reflection
  •  Demonstrate effective client interviewing skills
  •  Demonstrate cultural and spiritual responsiveness
  •  Identify health and safety requirements
  •  Develop key documents and resources
  •  Understand the importance of self-care
  •  Explain ritual enactments and their meanings
  •  Write three funeral services
  •  Deliver a funeral service
  •  Review a funeral service

Course Details

Course date Saturday 09 October, 2021 - 9:00 am
Course end date Sunday 10 October, 2021 - 4:00 pm
Course Fee $695.00
Location Kinfolk - The Depot - 673 Bourke St



Sally has a been an authorised celebrant since 1995, Training celebrants since 2001

  • Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (Australia)
  • Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (NZ)
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC40115 and a Grad Dip of Celebrancy
  • TAE40116 CERT IV in Training and Assessment
  • Author of The Heart and Soul of Celebrancy 
  • Author of Conversations About Death -
  • Board member of The Groundswell Poject 
  • Member of the inaugural FIMAC - Funeral Industry Ministerial Advisory Council
  • Previously Lectured at - RMIT and Swinburne University in Marketing, Public Relations, Celebrancy and Information Technology.
  • Former Vice President of NDAN - Natural Death Advocacy Network
  • 20 years - CEO of Communication Agencies
  • Member of CANZ - Celebrant Association of NZ
  • Corporate MC
  • Award winning artist


Nicole Penning has been a vibrant and passionate Full-time Authorised Marriage Celebrant since 2009.

  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608 
  • TAE40116 CERT IV in Training and Assessment
  • Nicole is considered a leader and mentor within the Wedding Industry, advising new Celebrants on their practices and how to be the best Celebrant they can be.
  • Described by her peers as “The best in the business”, by fellow Wedding Suppliers as “A new breed of Celebrant” and is introduced as “Geelong Wedding Royalty!” or the “Queen of Weddings”…
  • Nicole is extremely sought after, strongly recommended and always in high-demand! Nicole prides herself on knowing Marriage Law whilst always being friendly, warm and welcoming.
  • Nicole has studied a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Studies at R.M.I.T, and worked in Restaurant, Hotel, Resort & Event Management, Sales & Recruitment. 
  • Her background means she knows how to run an event – and all the challenging situations and diverse personalities they entail! 
  • With over 25 years’ public speaking experience, she is comfortable in front of a crown or just as seamlessly is able to strike up raport easily one-on-one.
  • We challenge you to find someone that loves being a Celebrant, just as much as Nicole! She lives, breathes and sleeps celebrancy, she would eat it if she could!