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CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy


Next intake November 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Duration Part-time: 6-8 months

Course description

This program provides our graduates with the confidence, knowledge and skills to enable their successful application to become Commonwealth-Registered Marriage Celebrants (see more here). Our Course also encompasses ceremonies of Life and Loss, enabling students to have the option to be Funeral and Life celebrants.

Possible career outcomes

  • Funeral celebrant
  • Marriage celebrant
  • Family and community celebrant

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 November
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 5 May 2024
Close: 1 Nov 2024 
BlendedStart: 6 Nov 2024
Part-time: 6-8 months  Apply  
2025 May
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 15 Jan 2025
Close: 1 May 2025 
BlendedStart: 7 May 2025
Classes info below
Part-time: 6-8 months    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

Delivery method

This course is a combination of workbooks, online and face-to-face workshops. Participants are required to undertake a minimum of 10 -15 hours of study per week, for the course duration.
Our workshops offer students opportunities to practice and refine their skills in performing, delivering and writing ceremonies.  Students are fully supported via Zoom sessions and have access to learner support. 

How often do I attend?

Workshops (Dates may be subject to change)
  • Induction and workbook collection - Wednesday, 6 November 2024, 5.30 pm sharp
  • Workshop #1 - Friday 31 January 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #2 - Saturday 1 February 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #3 - Friday 14 March 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #4 - Saturday 15 March 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #5 - Friday 2 May 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #6 - Saturday 3 May 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #7 - Friday 20 June 2025 - 9am to 5pm
  • Workshop #8 - Saturday 21 June 2025 - 9am to 5pm

NOTE: Additional assessment workshops may occur on Friday and Saturday, 13th & 14th June 2025.

Zoom Sessions (Dates may be subject to change)
  • Zoom #1 - Tuesday 26 November 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #2 - Tuesday 10 December 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #3 - Thursday 9 January 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #4 - Wednesday 12 February 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #5 - Wednesday 5 March 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #6 - Thursday 27 March 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #7 - Tuesday 8 April 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #8 - Thursday 15 May 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Zoom #9 - Wednesday 28 May 2025 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Develop sustainable celebrancy practice CHCCEL001 70
Establish client celebrancy needs CHCCEL002 80
Prepare for present and evaluate ceremonies CHCCEL004 60
Research design and organise ceremonies CHCCEL003 100
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001 55
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Establish and maintain marriage celebrancy practice CHCCEL005 35
Interview clients and plan marriage ceremonies CHCCEL006 70
Plan present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies CHCCEL008 65
Prepare for present and evaluate marriage ceremonies CHCCEL007 40
Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS017 55
Research and develop business plans BSBESB401 50
Write content for a range of media CUAWRT301 40


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Written assignments
  • Observation

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.67 per hour 760 AUD $509.00 AUD $4,972.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.35 per hour 760 AUD $2,546.00 AUD $4,972.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $5.49 per hour 760 AUD $4,172.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $150.00
Education Levy AUD $114.00


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 3/07/2024 6:00:09 PM