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Empowering passionate, online learners through sincere and scholarly coursework to become in-demand celebrants.


Master Celebrant Certificate

This program is offered twice annually in the spring and fall. Learners will participate in weekly online 'real time' video classes lead by our expert instructors and other Celebrants leading in today's market. New modules will be introduced about every four weeks for six months, focusing on in-demand skills of public speaking, ceremony writing, marketing, client management and performing rituals. The coursework is structured, modern, project based and highly collaborative. 

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Associate Celebrant Certificates

Associates are recognized after completing three of our individual course modules. These courses are also offered once a week in a live video format. Our Associates can focus on specific areas of Celebrant life where they need the most help or would benefit from a refresh to stay on top of the ever-changing wedding industry. Whether you are new in this field, or a seasoned member of our community, this coursework will improve your skilled role as a lifelong learner!

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Individual Courses + Coaching

Every module of our certificate program can be taken individually. You would enroll in one area of interest and join that four week session when it is offered during our spring or fall cohort. In addition to the coursework, we offer one-on-one coaching to evaluate a specific area of your practice and offer actionable methods of improvement. We will critique written ceremonies, review ceremony recordings and evaluate your website and other online marketing assets.

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The funeral profession has been static for too long. We like to do things differently!

 Celebrants have an opportunity to expand their services right now to assist the growing population of individuals who do not identify with a religion.  There is an extensive need for secular services of all types, particularly when it comes to End of Life Celebrations. 

Course Descriptions

The first six courses are required to receive the Masters Celebrant Certificate. Registrants of each course will meet one to two times a week over a month, depending on the course. We meet in ‘real-time’ using an online video platform. Session are recorded for individuals who must miss a live class. All six courses in our Masters and Associate Certificate Programs are pass/fail.

Our goal is to help you define your own career path as a celebrant! As we do so, this course will help with your understanding by covering the history of Celebrancy, its origins and countries of importance. We will learn about pioneers of celebrant led, secular ceremonies across the globe. 

Moving on to Celebrancy and the United States, through the Humanist worldview we cover American legal issues and state laws. As well as the paths you can take to be legally recognized as a marriage officiant, plus an overview of various celebrant-led ceremonies and a useful observation schedule.

Students will also work with their instructor to create a business plan to either start their new business, or take their current business to the next level. 

In a month's time, students will travel around the world to see how various cultures and countries use symbolism and ritual in their ceremonies. As a hands-on course, students will work collaboratively on the project-based curriculum to learn about diverse practices, then apply them directly to client work. 

With a better understanding of the purpose of rituals and new confidence from practicing with our group, students will have what they need to create unique and meaningful rituals based on the background and interests of clients.

Storytelling, storytelling, storytelling! It's become a buzzword as we share so much of our lives on social media. But telling a ‘love story’ takes real practice.

Become the best possible writer and storyteller by improving the structure of your ceremonies from full-scale weddings to elopements and micro-weddings.

You will learn new tools to get the most out of traditional components and make the words of each element more meaningful. 

Speaking in public is an art, dependent on elements like tone and pace. You cannot wing-it when it comes to the most important day of someone's life!

You may be able to write a fabulous ceremony, but if your presentation skills are lacking, they are just words on a page.

This course covers all things presentation, from the basic principles of effective public speaking to the actual application of those principles. 



You may be a great celebrant, but are you a good business owner?

Learn best practices for scheduling, time management, filing systems, keeping tax records, preparing contracts, selecting fees and making sales. 

This course also goes DEEP into the customer experience and how you can provide the best customer journey for your couples.

You will complete this course with the backend of your business in tip-top shape and a workbook packed with everything you'll need for your success. 

Everything about you is a marketing tool if used properly! In the world of social media and online influencers, how do you stand out? This course will explain all the new ways celebrants can get new business through online marketing, AND help you make the most of in-person marketing opportunities as well. 

Students will set realistic and trackable marketing goals, discover online tools that work best for celebrants, and get more comfortable with all things social media! Key takeaway materials and class collaborations make this a must-take course. 


We hold monthly virtual Open House meetings so you can learn about the curriculum, meet the instructors, and ask questions about our program of studies. Attendees receive a tuition discount code for $50 to $100 OFF the Masters and Associate programs!


Learning Outcomes

  • Gain confidence to work with new clients and to create exceptional secular ceremonies
  • Become highly sought after by clients and venues
  • Achieve respect from peers and wedding professionals
  • Fill a growing need for secular weddings, funerals, baby namings, life transition ceremonies
  • Increase sales through your bookings and pricing
  • Seek knowledge with University level courses on all aspects of celebrancy
  • Cover your costs of an Associate Celebrant Certificate within two weddings
  • Priceless networking that pays for a Master Celebrant Certificate within four weddings
  • Get lifetime access to our continually growing library of materials
  • Collaborate for life with our online Celebrant group
  • Be the first to know about new specialized classes and retreats
  • Stay ahead with sustainable mentors and coaches
  • Write more personalized ceremonies that will be talked about by couples, guests, and wedding professionals
  • Market your position as an authority with regard to weddings, funerals, as well as speaking engagements


What our students have to say about our program:

"For someone who is considering becoming a celebrant, I can’t imagine a more thorough preparation than that provided by the Celebrant Academy. I learned from people who are leaders in their field. All the instructors were generous in sharing their knowledge and passion for their work. A feeling of respect and warmth was cultivated in our cohort, a group of people I know I will always be able to reach out to for inspiration and support. And we have access to an invaluable library! I am grateful to Donna, Lois, Cely, and now Beth for providing this experience."


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