FAQ about Certification


What is the role of a celebrant? 

A celebrant presides at weddings, funerals and other rites of passage. Our Celebrant Training Program is designed to give the celebrant the focus of providing  a meaningful ceremony or service that reflects their clients’ own beliefs and/or spirituality.


What is your method of study? 

The training is conducted completely online — there are no registration deadlines or scheduled classes to attend. You will be given access to the syllabus, submit our completed assignments, and receive your grades and instructor’s comments through an online website. Since there are no set registration dates and classroom attendance is not required, you can begin today. You also have the freedom to complete the program at your own pace, whether you want to complete your studies as soon as possible or need plenty of time. 


Will I receive a certificate verifying my training? 

Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Celebrancy, which will give you credibility and documents that you have been formally trained to conduct very important ceremonies and services in the lives of your clients.


Who will be teaching this program?

We have an outstanding certficate program conducted by  qualified mentors, who have an abundance of experience in conducting weddings and other rites of passage.  You will have one-on-one interaction with your mentor via email, telephone, and video conference calls.


How long does It take to complete the program?  

Because our method of study is self-directive, the length of time it will take to complete the program depends upon how much time you can invest in the coursework.  For example, if employed, it most likely will take longer than if you were not working.  Some students take as long a year, while others have completed their program within a few months. The time limit to complete the program is six months per track, weddings and funerals, however, it is possible to request an extension for a small fee.


What will I learn from this program? 

You will able to perform weddings and other commitment ceremonies, and funerals, as well as other rites of passage, in a loving and life-giving manner. You will learn how to work with your client(s) to design a personalized ceremony that is meaningful to them, rather than going through the motions of a service with a set script. You will also be trained in how to present a cermonial message and be given the nuts and bolts involved, such as  information about marketing and licensing, etc.


Am I qualified? 

It is not necessary to hold a degree in order to be accepted into this program. If you feel dedicated to serving others, helping individuals have meaningful ceremonies and services and truly would like to make a difference in the world, then you are qualified.


Can I perform a ceremony legally? 

You can legally perform most ceremonies and rituals, such as funerals, same-sex commitment ceremonies in states where they do not hold legal status, and baptisms or other formal ceremonies to welcome a new-born child into a family. However, because of State laws, you cannot solemnize a marriage, i.e, you cannot sign a marriage license unless you are also certified by the state in which you preside. (Click here to see the marriage laws in your state.)  See below for an option we offer to legally witness marriages.


Can I obtain a civil license to solemnize marriages?  

Our program meets the educational requirements of the Federation of Christian Ministries, which has the authority to commission individuals to legally perform weddings (applicants must meet all FCM requirements in ordered to be commissioned.)  FCM is an interfaith national organization that supports people in ministry and also offers members an online directory to advertise their services (contact office for further information).


Does this program offer ordination?

No, but we do offer a path to ordination through the Federation of Christian Ministries. FCM an interfaith organization that commissions individuals to conduct ministerial ceremonies and services and commissioning is considered an “ordination.” Commissioned FCM members have the authority to minister on behalf of FCM.