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 2020): £1,050.00 (£875.00 plus £175 VAT)

Next training courses for Funeral Celebrants


Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have sadly had to postpone some of our forthcoming courses. We will be looking to re-schedule theses as soon as we are safely and legally able to do so. In the meantime we will be offering online training via ZOOM. Please contact for further details.

DateLocationCourse Leader
Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th August 2020Salisbury, WiltshireTerri Shanks
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th August 2020Leeds, W. YorkshireJames Mooney-Dutton
Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th September 2020Ascot, BerkshireTerri 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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Photo of James Mooney-Dutton, International College of Celebrancy (UK Training Division) course leader for funerals.

James Mooney Dutton

Course Leader

James enjoys helping families to create ceremonies that are meaningful and reflective and has taught music and held the post of Director of Music at several different churches. As a teacher and educator he is delighted to be able to combine all these skills; bringing them to the Fellowship as a member of the training team. James went on to train both as a funeral and family and marriage celebrant with the Fellowship

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