Humanists UK’s Humanist Ceremonies network consists of qualified and accredited celebrants in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Our priority is to develop a diverse network of celebrants that represents the wider society that we serve, so that we can meet the increasing need of all those who would like to have a humanist ceremony.
Humanists UK is committed to equality and diversity. We seek diverse representation around race so that everyone who accesses our services feels welcome and included. We also warmly welcome applications from Welsh speaking candidates. We consider applications from both experienced celebrants looking to join our network, and from people for whom the idea of becoming a celebrant is new.
Our celebrants are people from all backgrounds. Some conduct our full range of ceremonies – funerals, memorials, weddings, partnerships, and namings. Others choose to conduct just one kind of ceremony. Some manage to combine being a humanist celebrant with full-time work. Many are people who find themselves busier than ever in ‘semi-retirement’. Others combine their work as celebrants with their work as parents or carers, or as part of their freelancing ‘portfolio’. All of them find being a celebrant deeply rewarding.
Humanist Ceremonies makes no apology for setting the highest standards for our accredited celebrants. Bereaved people are vulnerable; the expectations of couples making their commitment public are high; the significance of a new arrival in a family is great. There is no ‘second chance’ with a ceremony and we are committed to providing people with an exceptional service.
Once you have read the training information guidelines complete and return the relevant application form from the list below. You will then be invited to a video call interview with our Ceremonies Training and Development Manager.
Be prepared to accept the offer of course dates that are not your first choice. We cannot always allocate trainees to their first choice, as we may need to prioritise applicants from under-represented areas. We strive to offer a training place to all successful applicants as soon as possible.
You will need to pay the course fee. There is a non-refundable deposit of £500 required four weeks prior to Induction. The remaining balance is made in one lump sum or three equal installments. These will be required before the start of each stage of training. Humanists UK also runs a training bursary scheme. For details see the bursary information page.
Once you are accepted for training and have signed up for your course you will be expected to attend either three sessions (for Funerals and Weddings) or two sessions (for Namings), with each session spread roughly a month apart. For our Namings trainees, Stages 2 and 3 are combined. For our Weddings and our Funerals trainees, each course comprises:
Experienced independent celebrants or registrars will be invited to take part in a video call interview as part of their application to become accredited members of the Humanist Ceremonies network. If successful, they will be asked to complete a bespoke package of training according to need. Following training, they will need to agree to abide by the Terms of Accreditation, and to only conduct non-religious ceremonies for which they are accredited, exclusively in the name of the Humanist Ceremonies network of Humanists UK.
The accreditation fees cover your insurance, branded business cards, and personal stationery and are reinvested to help fund the organisation, promotion and growth of Humanist Ceremonies. You can benefit from the support and experience of other celebrants via local groups, the celebrants’ discussion forum on this website or via newsletters, training sessions and events such as the Humanist Ceremonies annual conference.
And, as a Humanists UK member, you will be participating in Humanists UK’s important work to promote Humanism and to help redress the inequality and injustice caused by religious partiality in our legal, social, and political frameworks.
Ceremonies training bursaries
Humanists UK may be able to offer individuals from under-represented groups, who may otherwise not be able to train with us, a bursary as a contribution towards their training costs. Please see the bursary information page for details.
Assistance for career development through bank loans or trust grants and bursaries
For some applicants it might be helpful and appropriate to apply for a loan from a bank or other provider for the purposes of career development, or to apply for financial aid through a trust or foundation who might be able to provide individuals with a grant or bursary to study. We cannot give financial or legal advice, but for those who are considering a career development bank loan you may wish to contact Citizens’ advice, the UK Government’s Education and Learning web pages. or the Welsh Government’s Careers Wales service. For those who are considering applying for a grant or bursary we might suggest the Turn2Us website, or this guidance on career development loans, provided by Save the Student.
If you have any further enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our trainers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and are all experienced celebrants. Meet our training team.
If you would like to train as a humanist celebrant in Scotland, please contact the Humanist Society Scotland.