About the course

About the course

It's an exciting time in Australia to consider obtaining a qualification in Celebrancy.  Since the land mark changes in Celebrancy legislation there has been a significant increase in demand for celebrants in Australia.

Our celebrancy course reflects the role of celebrants who work with their clients to plan and present ceremonies of varied types in the Australian community. These include weddings and community ceremonies, such as naming of babies, renewal of wedding vows, commitment ceremonies and funerals.

The units we deliver address the specific legislative responsibilities of marriage celebrants and link to national registration requirements. We have included the following units so that, upon completion, you'll be eligible to apply for registration as a marriage celebrant with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department:

  • Establish and Maintain Marriage Celebrancy Practice (CHCCEL005)
  • Interview clients and plan Marriage Ceremonies (CHCCEL006)
  • Prepare for, Present and Evaluate Marriage Ceremonies (CHCCEL007)

Celebrants are generally self-employed. They need to have the ability to work outside usual business hours and may need to travel to their clients preferred locations. Given this, the course also includes units that will assist you in developing your business. 

After successful completion of our celebrancy course you may apply for registration as a marriage celebrant with the Australian Attorney General’s Department. Please review the requirements on the Australian Attorney-General's Department Website Become a Marriage Celebrant.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February & July

Part time: 6 months

  • Semester 1 (February Intake): Wednesday evenings 6pm - 9pm and three weekends (Saturday & Sunday) delivered on campus plus Thursday evenings 6pm - 9pm online
  • Semester 2 (July Intake): Thursday evenings 6pm - 9pm and three weekends (Saturday & Sunday) delivered on campus plus Wednesday evenings 6pm - 9pm online

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

LocationStudy ModeStudy LoadStart DateDaysAdditional Info
19 Feb 2024W |  Th
15 Jul 2024W |  Th

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Career Outcomes

  • Celebrant (employed)
  • Celebrant (in your own business)
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Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old, and have no criminal record. In order to maximise your chance of success in this program, you must be able to demonstrate adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Desirable (but not essential) skills include:

  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • trustworthiness and ability to use empathy
  • ability to communicate across varying culturally diverse groups and faiths
  • excellent organisation skills

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW - to assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment. A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Pathways & Accreditation

You may wish to extent you knowledge after this course, by applying for courses in social media marketing, or small business studies.  

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$413$2,066$6,962
Service & Amenity Fee$268$268$268
Material Fee$130$130$130
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$811$2,464$7,360
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$811$2,464$7,360

Service & Amenity Fee may vary depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2024 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 13 units (including 6 core and 7 electives). The units have been selected to concentrate on three skills:

  • marriage ceremonies
  • funeral ceremonies
  • ceremonies of life, love and loss
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