How to become a marriage celebrant


Karen Rose, our resident Queen of Celebrancy runs through the steps needed to become a marriage celebrant.

Currently, legislation requires that a person who wishes to officiate over a wedding be either a Minister of Religion, or a registered Celebrant. To become a registered celebrant, there are a number of steps to take to obtain certification.

These steps are:

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  • Successfully complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy through a registered training organisation
  • Submit an application to the Attorney-General’s office
  • Successfully answer a series of legal questions about marriage law and process
  • Be assessed as a “fit and proper”person by the Registrar of Marriage celebrants.


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Rose Training Australia offers the Certificate IV in Celebrancy which is the required qualification to become a registered celebrant. The Certificate IV course covers compulsory units such as:

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  • CHCADMIN305F Work within the administration protocols of the organisation
  • CHCCEL401C Work effectively in a celebrancy role
  • CHCCEL406A Identify and address client needs in a celebrancy role
  • CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
  • CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

Rose Training Australia offers the course in an “Intensive” 5-day block, as well as a more flexible Saturday course, both based here in our Ann St offices. Additionally to this, we also offer the course online, so you can learn at your own pace!


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If you’d like to speak to one of our team to find out more, feel free to give our Student Liaison Officer, Jessica, a call on 07 3038 3048 or fill in the form to the right and we’ll be in contact very soon!


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