Being a celebrant is an extraordinary privilege.

As a celebrant, you are invited to become part of a community of family and friends during very special times in people’s lives. Whether the celebration is a wedding, a naming ceremony, civil ceremony or a funeral, being a celebrant is an honour.  

The celebrant’s role has become highly regulated and involves significant responsibility. Celebrants must be professional business people, creative presenters and writers, effective and sensitive communicators and most importantly, they are responsible for all legal marriage requirements.

Which program is for me?

The Certificate IV in Celebrancy (Blended) is for those wanting to become a celebrant (new to the industry). For current marriage celebrants looking to formalise their qualifications we offer a distance program.

Blended delivery is self-paced learning with a combination of workshops and online/workbook components. Participants need to undertake a minimum of 10 -15 hours of study per week, for the duration of the course. This includes reading, research and completion of activities in preparation for the weekend workshops. Students will produce a series of assessment portfolios including practical performance of ceremonies.

How do I apply?

Blended: Apply online under 'Accredited Courses' below.
Distance: You must contact our celebrancy program area directly to apply for this course. Please email cert4celebrancy@gordontafe.edu.au, and the application information will be forwarded to you directly. You can also contact us on 03 5225 0621

The Australian Attorney-General’s Office has also appointed The Gordon to deliver Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) for registered celebrants. Find out about OPD here.

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Profiles and Testimonials

“I had been working as a ministry leader and creative director in a large church in Melbourne for 10 years. Transitioning to the role of a Celebrant seemed like a natural progression for me and encapsulated my love of people and creativity.

I chose to study at The Gordon as they offered the most comprehensive course structure and they also deliver ongoing professional development for registered celebrants. It was obvious from the beginning that we were in very safe hands. The instructors were extremely professional, engaging and covered every aspect of being a celebrant.  Not only did they comprehensively prepare us for the exam by the Attorney Generals department and application, but they covered every aspect of what it means to be a celebrant and run a small business.  

As a celebrant, you definitely need a love for people, compassion, and an ability to listen. You need to be self-motivated and have some basic organisational skills, and also need to be a good communicator. For me, the most rewarding aspect is knowing that I have captured the essence of the couple or family that I am representing. Nothing makes me happier than executing a unique and memorable event.”

Lisa Hunt-Wotton
Certificate IV in Celebrancy

“Delivering a speech or saying goodbye to a loved one through a funeral service comes naturally to me, and to be part of a couple’s special day is something I’ve thought about doing for a long time.  A friend recently told me she was getting married and wanted me to perform the ceremony…. so I signed up. 
I looked at a number of organisations that delivered a Certificate IV in Celebrancy, and the reputation of The Gordon matched my vision and values. The teachers, Suzanne and Amanda were fabulous. They are experienced in their fields, willing to share their stories and knowledge, and support you on your journey.  They were inspiring and motivating and I believe I will be a better celebrant thanks to them. I have already planned to complete my ongoing professional development at The Gordon, as I know I learned from the best.
I now plan on cutting back on my banking career, and spending more time supporting community members in a different way, whether that be marrying couples or sending loved ones off with a ceremony that fits them best.  I look forward to being a part of special moments in people’s lives.”

Tracie Kyne
Certificate IV in Celebrancy

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