How to become a
Certified Practising Celebrant

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It all begins with a passion to be the best.
Maybe you want to be recognised by your clients as someone who is an expert in the industry.
Maybe you want to be recognised by your peers as someone who has extensive experience backed up by formal qualifications.

Maybe you just want to add the post nominal CPC to your name.

CPC – Certified Practising Celebrant network’s core service is to celebrants internationally.  It includes education, training, support, and advocacy. The Certified Practising Celebrant accreditation is supported by the Registered Training Organisation called Australian Celebrations Training specialists in Humanist Celebrant Training.  This training company is a niche celebrant only, training provider. It offers training in marriage, funeral, general celebrancy and ongoing professional development.
It is through the ongoing professional development program that the CPC program was brought to light for celebrants who wish to extend their skills and knowledge further and to network and be supported by other great celebrants.

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Our Story

The Certified Practising Celebrant program was designed by Beth O’Brien. Beth saw the need of colleagues who really desired to improve themselves through extended learning, networking, and advanced practical application of skills. Beth is the owner of the nationally acclaimed marriage and funeral celebrancy Registered Training Organisation called Australian Celebrations Training.  Australian Celebrations Training was founded in 2003 and has annually held a contract with the Australian government to offer ongoing professional development workshops to people who are appointed marriage celebrants. It is during her exposure to ongoing professional development over that time that Beth realised that there were some colleagues who were always eager to learn more than just the basis of those approved topics.

Along the way Beth also met and employed some of the leading celebrants in Australia, who have become the first Certified Practising Celebrants awarded the title.

To read about Australian Celebrations Training in depth, you are invited to visit

Beth has a diverse background in vocational and tertiary training, and a broad knowledge and skill set in grief, bereavement and humanism. You may wish to visit her webpage to see her story.

Our Vision

Is to partner with celebrant colleagues to prepare for rites of passage in a modern, evolving, and globally connected world.

Our purpose

Advancing individual celebrant’s professional skills and knowledge, who then contribute to enhancing both ceremonial work and connectedness in their communities. CPC members will directly contribute to an annual charitable event.

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To use the designation CPC, a member must:

Complete the academic requirements

Complete the CPC program

Complete annual professional development

Comply to the Code of Conduct set by CPC

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Whatever your motivations, you first need to ensure that you have:

  • A minimum of 3 year’s experience in the field of Celebrancy
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 ceremonies
  • Formal qualifications in celebrancy or extensive work experience
  • Have read the CPC Code Of Conduct

If you meet these criteria, you can apply for CPC membership.

To apply for membership you will need to complete:

  • An application form and provide supporting evidence of the above (which will include a statutory declaration)
  • Complete 3 case studies
  • Pay your application fee

Once submitted your application and supporting evidence documents will be assessed by a CPC panel and if satisfactory you will be invited to join our CPC membership program.

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Steps to gaining membership

  • Complete application form which will include a statutory declaration to prove the amount of ceremonies you have conducted
  • Complete the ceremony design and documents for 3 case studies
  • Submit application form and pay non-refundable application fee $100
  • CPC panel will assess your application
  • If successful you will then be invited to join the program and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct
  • Unsuitability is at the panel’s discretion and may be conflict of interest or non-compliance with membership requirements
  • Pay your annual membership fee
  • You will then have access to the requirements of completing your program to gain CPC accreditation.
  • You will have access to training courses of professional development.
  • You will have access to forums and mentors
  • You will have course assessment task to complete after the Intensive learning days
  • You will be working on completing your 20 points of experience
  • You will be able to use the logo CPC Associate, until you have completed your program.
  • Membership is based on a calendar year

3 Steps to Maintaining
your membership

  1. You will have contributed to the forums by supporting and uplifting colleagues

  2. You will have maintained the ethos of the Code of Conduct for CPC

  3. You will complete the associated points required for professional development of 20 points for each year

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A Breakdown of the CPC Program

It is through the ongoing professional development program that the CPC program was brought to light for celebrants who wish to extend their skills and knowledge further and to network and be supported by other great celebrants.

Download a breakdown of the course program below, we look forward to welcoming you to the community.

Download CPC Information Guide
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See what
Certified Practising
say about us

The CPC Program is going to change the face of Celebrancy in Australia.  For the first time Celebrants will have a standard to be held to, that is not issued by the Attorney General’s Office.  This course is purely for Celebrants that want to be the most experienced and educated in their craft, which can then only benefit the couples and families that they work with in the future.

Melissa Jacob (CPC)
Brisbane. QLD

I truly believe that no matter how long you’ve be a celebrant, there is so much more to learn. We can choose to be good celebrants, or strive to be great celebrants. Through the CPC program, I’m excited to see how far we can all go with the ongoing development of Celebrancy skills through its member events, extensive creative, masterclass and inspiring resources. This is next level, best level celebrancy!

(Lillian Lyon, CPC)
Brisbane. QLD
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