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 £984.00  (£820.00 plus £164.00 VAT)

Prices for all courses taking place after 1st January 2020: £1,050.00 (£875.00 plus £175 VAT)

Next training courses for Funeral Celebrants

DateLocationCourse Leader
Mon 29th - Wed 31st July 2019 SORRY COURSE FULLLeeds, West YorkshireLita Hallyburton
Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th September 2019Surbiton, SurreyTerri Shanks
Monday 9th - Wednesday 11th September 2019Edinburgh, ScotlandLita Hallyburton
Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th October 2019Perth, ScotlandLita Hallyburton
Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th November 2019Salisbury, WiltshireTerri Shanks
Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd November 2019LeedsLita Hallyburton
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th January 2020Royal Wooton Bassett, WiltshireTerri 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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Claire Bradford

Course Leader

Since completing her Marriage and Family Celebrancy training with Terri, Claire has gone on to be a successful and sought-after celebrant in the Sussex area. South East Regional winner and National Winner of ‘Celebrant of the Year 2018’ in The Wedding Industry Awards and content editor for the European Celebrants’ Collective, she is passionate about promoting the visibility of celebrants in society.

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