Funeral Celebrant Training

Celebrant Training: becoming a celebrant is a challenging, but exceptionally rewarding career

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Our Funeral Celebrant Training courses are designed for anyone who is interested in understanding about the role of a celebrant, the process of the funeral service, and in helping people in a very difficult time of need to personalise and design a beautiful and fitting end of life ceremony for their loved one.

Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy

Space for this increasingly popular training is limited to 12 delegates per course,
early booking is recommended

Course Costs from 1st January 2018 £920 (£766.66 plus £153.34 VAT)

Next training courses for Funeral Celebrants

DateLocationCourse Leader
Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th March 2018 Kingston upon Thames, SurreyTerri Shanks
Mon 26th – Wed 28th March 2018 SORRY Course FullEdinburgh, ScotlandLita Hallyburton
Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th April 2018GloucesterLita Hallyburton
Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th May 2018Salisbury, WiltshireTerri Shanks
Wednesday 30th May - Friday 1st June 2018Hebden Bridge, West YorkshireLita Hallyburton
Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th July 2018Kingston upon ThamesTerri Shanks

As soon as we have any new course dates and locations confirmed they will be added to this website immediately

Certificate in Funeral CelebrancyThe 3 DAY course will cover all aspects of Funeral Celebrancy, including:

  • Helping families in Grief
  • Family Meetings
  • Service Planning
  • Music/Poetry/Reading Resources
  • Eulogy Writing
  • Presentation Skills
  • What to do on the day, and how to conduct a funeral
  • The working of a crematorium
  • How to market yourself to funeral directors and to the public.
  • Course fee includes refreshment and buffet lunch.

The course fee does not include accommodation, but there are plenty of Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts close by.

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Course Leaders

Terri Shanks

Managing Director and Principal Course Leader

Terri Shanks is a highly experienced Wedding & Funeral Celebrant having conducted over 3000 ceremonies. Her personal training saw her travelling the globe to study under some of the world’s leading Celebrants, Bereavement Specialists & Celebrant Trainers. Terri was also fortunate to attend the first ever International Convention of Celebrants in America.

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Lita Hallyburton

Course Leader and Training Manager for Scotland

Lita spent over 30 years working in the public and voluntary sectors; initially as a teacher; with a PGCE degree after achieving a BSc, and then as a safeguarding coordinator; with a CQSW degree, a Social Care Manager; with a Management Qualification, and during that time was a consultant and trainer; with a Training the Trainer Qualification.

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Simon Whittaker

Course Leader

Having worked front line in the public and private sectors for many years, also as an instructor in Conflict Management and coaching ex forces (ELCAS) resettlement, Simon brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to the FPC training team. Being able to offer a completely flexible and unrestrictive service to the public is without doubt, one of the greatest achievement in the last ten years.

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