Certificate IV in Celebrancy

This qualification covers the broad based skills and knowledge that underpin a range of celebrancy roles, as well as addressing specific legislative responsibilities of marriage celebrants and providing a range of electives representing different aspects of celebrancy work.

Celebrants may specialise in a range of areas of celebrancy as well as developing skills to manage their own business operations.

Occupational title includes:


Funeral celebrant

Civil celebrant

Loss and grief celebrant

Community celebrant

Marriage celebrant

Family celebrant



13 units are required for award of this qualification including:

5 core units

8 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which must all be selected for work in marriage celebrancy

Group B electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCADMIN305F Work within the administration protocols of the organisation

add topic CHCCEL401C Work effectively in a celebrancy role

add topic CHCCEL406A Identify and address client needs in a celebrancy role

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking celebrancy work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group A electives - required for marriage celebrancy work

The following four units are required for marriage celebrancy work. These electives are required to apply for registration as a marriage celebrant with the Australian Attorney-General's Department.

add topic CHCCEL402A Establish and maintain knowledge of legal responsibilities of a marriage celebrant (Note pre-requisite: CHCCEL401C )

add topic CHCCEL403A Develop an effective relationship with a marrying couple (Note pre-requisite: CHCCEL402A )

add topic CHCCEL404A Plan a marriage ceremony in line with legal requirements (Note pre-requisite: CHCCEL402A )

add topic CHCCEL405A Conduct and review a marriage ceremony in line with legal requirements (Note pre-requisite: CHCCEL402A )

Group B electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant of electives is provided to facilitate selection.

Funeral celebrancy

add topic CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief

add topic SIFFNL003A Arrange funerals

add topic SIFFNL009A Plan and conduct a funeral ceremony

add topic SIFIND001B Work effectively in the funeral services industry

Business services

add topic BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

add topic BSBFIA402A Report on financial activity

add topic BSBITS401B Maintain business technology

add topic BSBMKG413A Promote products and services

add topic BSBREL401A Establish networks

add topic BSBREL402A Build client relationships and business networks

add topic BSBSMB301A Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB303A Organise finances for the micro business

add topic BSBSMB304A Determine resource requirements for the micro business

add topic BSBSMB305A Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business

add topic BSBSMB306A Plan a home based business

add topic BSBSMB307A Set up information and communications technology for the micro business

add topic BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB403A Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB405B Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances

add topic BSBWOR404B Develop work priorities

add topic SITXICT001A Build and launch a website for a small business

Community services

add topic CHCCOM504B Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication

add topic CHCCS411C Work effectively in the community sector

add topic CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief

add topic CHCDIS302A Maintain an environment to empower people with disabilities

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCGROUP410B Deliver a structured program

add topic CHCLD315A Recognise stages of lifespan development

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic CHCPAS401B Undertake pastoral care work

add topic CHCYTH301E Work effectively with young people

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Writing and performance

add topic CUFWRT301A Write content for a range of media


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries