Society is changing, in that there are a plethora of cultural influences in our lives. The 2011 UK Census highlighted that 63% of us said "that they never take part in any formal religious practice". So, why include religion in any of our life event ceremonies?
We are now increasingly turning away from religious ministers and registrars, to the alternative of Secular Civil Celebrants, who consult with you to produce a truly bespoke ceremony and signpost many special elements that you can include in your special ceremonies.
So, Where are these Civil Celebrants? They are here now, ready to provide a personal, meaningful and a tailor made service.
There are a number of celebrant organisations within the UK that provide training for celebrants, some are good, some OK, most are not so good - we know that because we have tried them.
Most Celebrant Training Courses are of 2-4 days duration, with limited (if any) ongoing support and in groups of up to 20 people. Ask yourself this - Do you think that you could become a competent celebrant in such a short period of time? A competent celebrant works on each ceremony for 10-12 hours until they and their client are happy with the outcome. How many ceremonies do you think students on such courses complete? 1 maybe 2?
These courses, in reality provide candidates with a basic toolkit and basic instruction on how to use those tools. Would you trust someone who comes to your home to fix the plumbing who has a nice shiny toolbox but only has had 4 days training? Would you? This approach does not build client confidence.
Although we offer traditional group training courses as well as personal tuition courses - these are mainly utilised for our franchisees and they account for less than 17% of the training we deliver.
The remaining 83% of the celebrant training courses we deliver are via on-line / distance learning, which, put the students in control of when they study, how long they study - all in the comfort of their own home or office. All the student needs is basic computer skills; an electricity supply, a smartphone/tablet/
Our distance learning courses have all been designed to reflect the real world as far as possible. You will not only receive all the tools and resources that you require to be a celebrant, you will also conduct several live client interviews / fact-finds, prepare first and final draft scripts followed by you giving live ceremony presentations. You will be working on several ceremonies at the same time too, which, reflects real life. At each and every stage you will receive feedback and agreed action plans from your designated Tutor. Furthermore, you will receive proactive ongoing mentor support in relation to marketing your services (which includes your personal profile page on this site) as well as continued access to member resources.
Although, ostensibly a secular organisation, many of our celebrants come from numerous faith backgrounds. They chose to train with for 1 or more of the following reasons
1): our ever growing inter-faith & multicultural society;
2) our "dogma free" secular ethos;
3) our bespoke, non-prescriptive, personal, meaningful and professional approach to ceremonies.
Whether you are religiously / spiritually active or not - If you hold a similar secular view to us & you are considering a change in career direction – Then Consider the UK Society of Celebrants (http://www.uksoc.com) as your springboard.
Follow these links for our Training Options (http://www.uksoc.com/