Cert IV in Celebrancy

There are new requirements for registering as a marriage celebrant.

From February 3 2010, a person seeking registration as a celebrant must hold the new Certificate IV in Celebrancy (detailed below).

While there is some overlap with the "old" Plan, conduct and review a marriage ceremony unit, there is significantly more work in achieving the Certificate IV.

Please refer to the information below and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call AssentTECS office on 0473 118 624.  

Certificate IV in Celebrancy - CHC 41015 - Marriage Celebrant Training Course

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 provides 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.

Total number of units = 13 

  • 6 Core Units
  • 7 Elective units, consisting of:
    * At least 3 units from the Celebrancy group &
    * Up to 4 units from the electives listed in the packaging rules, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course - these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

Refer to http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC41015

Compulsory Units

  • CHCCEL001 Develop sustainable celebrancy practice
  • CHCCEL002 Establish client celebrancy needs
  • CHCCEL003 Research, design and organise ceremonies
  • CHCCEL004 Prepare for, present and evaluate ceremonies
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

Electives required for Marriage celebrancy registration

The following electives are required to apply for authorisation as a marriage celebrant with the Commonwealth Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

  • CHCCEL005 Establish and maintain marriage celebrancy practice
  • CHCCEL006 Interview clients and plan marriage ceremonies
  • CHCCEL007 Prepare for, present and evaluate marriage ceremonies

Other relevant electives:

  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCCEL008   Plan, present and evaluate funeral and memorial ceremonies
  • SIFXIND002   Work effectively in the funeral services industry
  • BSBSM403    Market the small business


Please click here to download information brochure.


Delivery: Face to Face (part-time)

The Certificate IV in Celebrancy can be completed part-time,  face-to-face, class room based program.

Learners attend seven (7) x two (2) day workshops. Workshops are offered once per month.

Volume of Learning: Workshops are 8.30am – 4.30pm each day (8 x 2 x 7 = 112hrs)

Learners are expected to complete an additional 15-20 hours per week independent study (min 420hrs)

Learners engage with the trainers up to 5 hours per month (skype sessions, face time etc. 5x7=35hrs)

Learners have 12 months to complete the qualification.

The qualification is also available as a distance education course with scheduled face-to-face time with the trainer/assessor. This may be via skype or in person. Learners have 18 months to complete




The course is assessed via a combination of written and practical tasks. Learners will need to have access to a computer and the internet.

Learners will complete theory information during the workshops and will be provided with assessment tasks to complete prior to the following session.


RPL is available to existing celebrants. Please contact AssentTECS for information about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning

Certificate IV in Celebrancy is $2145.00


Fee comprises:

$150.00 non-refundable registration fee

$200.00 learning resources

$1795.00 tuition fee


 Payment Schedule:

Seven (7) payments of $285.00

First payment: $435.00 ($150.00 registration fee + $285.00) due on enrolment

Subsequent payments of $285.00 are to be made prior to attendance at each face-to-face workshop


 Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Please refer to the enrolment form for AssentTECS cancellation and refund policy.


Before Enrolling:

You should familiarise yourself with the appointment process at http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Becomingamarriagecelebrant.aspx BEFORE enrolling in this course.






I completed my Certificate IV in Celebrancy with AssentTECS Training. I found the training very thorough with full support for the entire course. My trainer passed on her experience and knowledge of the industry which comes from years of experience as a...

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