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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. 

Associate Celebrant Certificate

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!

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.

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.

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!

This course covers all things presentation, from your voice to rehearsals, to what you're physically reading from during a celebration.

A final project includes watching and reviewing tapes of a real Humanist wedding celebration!

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. 

You will complete this course with the backend of your business in tip-top shape so you can focus on the fun stuff. 

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. 

These two stand-alone courses: End of Life Celebrations + Life Transition Ceremonies, will be offered beginning in the fall of 2020. Stay tuned for more information on each of these robust and important programs to round out your Celebrant work!

We have so much to learn from each other! Celebrant Academy is a communal and collaborative space. Between our natural instinct to learn and the ever-changing wedding industry, Workshops and Mini-Course will be offered periodically on new and timely topics. See what Workshops we are offering now!

Join an Upcoming Class!

If you are ready to take your role as a Celebrant to new, exciting levels, but you want to see all available learning opportunities in one place to decide your next step, see our Learning Catalog here!


The only course New Jersey Celebrants legally need!

New Jersey recognizes Celebrant training programs that are six months in length and allow graduates of such programs to legally officiate weddings. There is legislation occurring now in New York and Pennsylvania for this to happen as well. Your certification through our program is subject to all individual U.S. state laws and international regulations. 

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


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