If you’re thinking about becoming a funeral celebrant, you’ve come to the right place.
Being a civil celebrant is an important, respected and increasingly in-demand occupation. In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that civil celebrants are now officiating around 60% of funeral services in Australia.
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about becoming a funeral celebrant, including:
But regardless of whether you’re just starting out as a funeral celebrant, or you’ve been in the industry for decades, the most important thing is having families who are looking for and finding your services. So, how do you achieve this?
The traditional way for a funeral celebrant to get work is to try to build a relationship with a funeral director and then hope that the funeral director thinks to recommend you to a family planning a funeral. This is a difficult and time-consuming strategy which doesn’t necessarily pay off. And, when many funeral directors already work with a number of established celebrants, it can seem almost impossible to get work as a newcomer.
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With Gathered Here, you don’t have to rely on funeral director recommendations. When you list your services on Gathered Here, you ensure that you are seen by families looking for a funeral celebrant in your area. What’s more, listing on Gathered Here means you compete equally with other funeral celebrants, no matter how long they’ve been in business, or how many funeral directors they work with.
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A good funeral celebrant will possess the following skills:
In general, a funeral director will take care of the overall management and administration of a funeral, while a funeral celebrant will take care of the running and officiating of the funeral service.
The funeral celebrant’s role involves:
In contrast to marriage celebrants, the practice of being a funeral celebrant is fairly unregulated. If you are looking to become a funeral celebrant, you are not strictly required to undertake formal training. However, if you are new to the officiating of funerals, or want to be confident that you are carrying out highly sensitive work in the best possible way, it is probably a good idea to enrol in one of the many funeral celebrant training courses on offer.
A training course is likely to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to create and officiate a funeral service. Further, you may find that funeral directors are more likely to work with funeral celebrants who have formal training.
While funeral celebrants are not required to be registered or accredited with any Australian government regulator, they must comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to privacy and discrimination laws, intellectual property laws and the Australian Consumer Law.
If you are becoming a funeral celebrant, you might consider becoming a member of one of Australia’s celebrant associations. For a fee, celebrant associations can offer professional development and networking opportunities.
The Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC) promotes a range of membership benefits, including professional indemnity and public liability insurance, and copyright protection and APRA commercial music performance licence exemption. At the time of writing, membership costs $205 (incl. GST) and requires an agreement to abide by the AFCC’s Code of Ethics.
The Funeral Celebrants Association Australia (FCAA) charges $125 for membership (at the time of writing). It has a range of offerings, including useful information for celebrants, and requires compliance with the FCAA’s Code of Practice, Professional Development Program and Constitution.
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