How to Become a Marriage Celebrant

A marriage celebrant is able to solemnise, that means to perform legal marriages anywhere in Australia, at any time – including day, night, weekends and public holidays. Many people are attracted to the role, however, there are some important skills required to carry out the work of a celebrant effectively and these should be considered carefully before taking any formal steps.

Are you a good communicator?

It is important to have good interpersonal skills, not the least important of these skills would be the ability to listen to your clients and understand their needs in ceremony. You will need to have the capacity to communicate respectfully across cultures and with persons of varying backgrounds and beliefs.

Are you a ‘people-person’?

Celebrants spend a considerable time with their clients – interviewing them to discover their needs in ceremony, orchestrating and performing the ceremony – all of which requires an empathic approach and at the same time, strong organisational and time-keeping skills.

Do you have good grammatical and creative writing skills?

You will need these skills to assist your clients to achieve deeply meaningful and rewarding ceremonies.

High standards in professional and ethical behaviour?

A great deal of trust, discretion and compliance is required of a marriage celebrant in their daily work.

Most importantly – do you have good public speaking skills and personal presentation?

Celebrants are expected to deliver the ceremony with confidence and clarity.


Becoming a Marriage Celebrant in Australia involves several stages.

The first stage is to undertake formal training with a reputable Registered Training Organisation. The qualification currently required is CHC41015 Certificate IV in Celebrancy.  Once you have successfully completed this qualification you will submit an application to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department for registration as a marriage celebrant.

In the second stage, the application, you will be required to successfully answer a series of questions about marriage law and process and be assessed as being a fit and proper person by the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants. Details of the application can be found here:

Marriage celebrants may conduct a range of joyful ceremonies including marriages, naming ceremonies, renewal of vows, coming of age – and so many more. Celebrants may also conduct ceremonies centred around loss such as funerals and memorials.

Becoming a celebrant is a true vocation. The privilege of working with individuals, couples and families to share in their times of love, life and loss is something you will always treasure.