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Training with The Funeral Celebrant Academy


Student Success Story 2020


Become a Celebrant Industry Professional


Intensive full of practical information on becoming a caring and professional funeral celebrant. This is a comprehensive course, with a suitably qualified funeral celebrant / trainer & funeral director that provides you with the necessary knowledge required to be a successful funeral celebrant. The course will give you the required skills to enable you to be well trained when working with the bereaved, and to confidently create and conduct a funeral ceremony.

Our enriching and rigorous curriculum covers theory and practical, real-world issues, exploring the art of ritual, ceremony, secular and interfaith traditions, ceremonial creative writing, business training and public speaking. Our program also includes a robust and relevant marketing component to assist students in launching and establishing themselves as an outstanding funeral celebrant.



What's in your Celebrancy Course?

There are TWELVE Modules, which each contain several units.

Topics that will be covered in-depth:

  • Funeral & celebrant industry overview.
  • Liaison with the funeral director and their personnel.
  • Gaining the appropriate information to allow you to contact the family, and the ongoing need to communicate with them.
  • Liaising with family and friends.
  • Client communication techniques.
  • Understand the seven elements and how to apply them.
  • Client Q&A.
  • Accurate written and verbal instructions.
  • Listening skills, grief awareness, empathy, confidentiality and respect.
  • Understanding how to work with different personalities.
  • Designing a ceremony that reflects the wishes of the family.
  • Understanding the options pertaining to required elements of ritual and symbolism.
  • Writing and selecting appropriate material for presentation.
  • Writing the service and writing a eulogy.
  • Writing an authentic ceremony.
  • Accurate interpretation of verbal and written information and instructions.
  • The ability to improvise and problem solve with limited resources.
  • We will look at how to write a sample of a funeral ceremony for a baby, a child, a person who has committed suicide, a murder victim, an accident victim, a person who has led a long life, an estranged person and a person with no family or friends. 
  • The order and structure of the ceremony.
  • Skills on how to help other speakers at the funeral.
  • Living funerals.
  • Pet funerals.
  • We look at why the funeral industry is a big business and why the trends and dynamics are changing in this sector.
  • Role and overview of others.
  • Appropriate resource selection.
  • Words, poems, symbols and music.
  • Understanding The Obitus & Wesley music systems.
  • Information about the mortuary and crematorium.
  • Interment & scattering of ashes.
  • Burial ceremonies including natural & woodland
  • Memorial services.
  • Green / eco friendly funerals.
  • Cremation by flame.
  • Cremation by water.
  • Health regulations regarding burials and cremations.
  • Ability to relate to people from a range of social, cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
  • The use of modern day technology.
  • Public speaking & presentation skills.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Working with Crematorium and Cemetery staff.
  • Time management skills.
  • Working with funeral directors, and other associated professionals within the required protocols.
  • Inside trade secrets and tips.
  • Adherence to professional dress standards.
  • Ability to display dignity and solemnity.
  • Stress management skills and the ability to manage emotions.
  • The working of the Crematorium front and back of house.
  • How to manage / run your own funeral celebrant business.
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • Celebrant FAQ's.
  • Social Media, websites and search engine optimisation.
  • How to market / network yourself to funeral directors and the general public.
  • Homework, projects and role play.
  • A fantastic insight into the funeral Industry.
  • Perform a funeral ceremony – with peer and tutor feedback (gets you testimonials)

We've left nothing out


Becoming a Funeral Celebrant isn't just about learning how to deliver funerals. Our courses offer you a lot more!

It is also about learning to deal with families in stressful situations and as well as many other things. 

The Academy will teach you how to create outstanding ceremonies, but also push you and support you on your journey and even show you how to run a successful celebrant business, including getting your first funeral and becoming an outstanding community celebrant.


Here is what you will get from us

You will receive (Our Bible) A sturdy bound training manual. Perfect to refer back to. A celebrant USB flash drive (Our Vault) containing articles, ready made sheets and documents done for you, a celebrant resource book including many samples of celebrant funerals and much more. A note pad and pen along with a useful A.P.C carry bag to keep all your course materials together. You will also receive a free copy of "The Good Funeral Guide"

(Online delegates will receive all of the above by special delivery in advance of course going live)

On top of your ongoing unlimited support, we hold Celebrant C.P.D workshops and meetings every quarter with all our past students so, we can keep them on track and continue to support and mentor them. 



LEARNING WITH THE ACADEMY

With a friendly and professional approach, The Academy delivers celebrant training that is affordable, practical and consistently relevant to your needs. Our courses tackle many of the most challenging areas of business, where mistakes can often prove costly. Our presenters are experts in their field and most importantly, they are all working in the industry, enabling them to use their own experiences to clearly apply the training in a relatable way.

If you are looking for on point training that works - Consider A.P.C

Our courses will take you from ground level up and show you how to be an outstanding celebrant. Securing the right training has never been so important.


We specialise in small groups. 

We don’t believe in overfilling our courses and feel this lessens the quality of training we provide to our students. 

(maximum of 6 per class)


Every student that has come through The Academy of Professional Celebrants are fully trained, insured and certified.



Student Success Story 10 month on after Training with A.P.C



You can commence as a funeral celebrant immediately following this training

Why Choose A.P.C

✓ Our courses are ALWAYS taught LIVE ✓ £5 Million Public Liability Insurance ✓ £1 Million Professional Indemnity Insurance ✓ Full access to our online mentoring and support ✓ Shadow a Certified A.P.C Celebrant ✓ An invite to our annual conference ✓ Appear on our celebrant directory ✓ Unlimited ongoing aftercare and mentoring ✓ Quarterly meetings with all our celebrants ✓ Help with setting up your new celebrant business ✓ Logo, business card design & branding, to make your business shine

A.P.C offers our celebrants funerals throughout the UK, received from our partners that we work alongside exclusively. Very few training providers will offer funerals to their celebrants. That's a Fact! We find this to be a great blend, whilst our celebrants also enjoy generating funerals from local funeral directors in their own area and beyond. "Probably the most comprehensive & cost effective celebrant training provider you're likely to find"

Helpful Information (face to face only)


The dress is casual. This is an active, participant-driven training. We want you to be comfortable however, please note that a group photo and individual photos with the trainer will be taken on the last day for your use. (Please let us know if you don't wish your photo taken) If you prefer to do your writing on a laptop, it is recommended but not required that you bring yours with you for the funeral presentation work.

You will be writing a funeral service as homework on the second day. However you may wish to hand write your presentation. Since there will be homework, many attendees elect to stay local, near our training venues. You must attend all three sessions to become certified. Upon receipt of your registration, we will send you a confirmation with other details.

"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Academy of Professional Celebrants to anyone who is interested in taking the plunge and working on their own"

G.R - Manchester

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Certificate of distinction in Funeral celebrancy


Our past graduates say it best


The Academy training really delivers results!
In order to get my celebrant business up and running, it was important that I chose the right training. The APC training stood out in terms of value, quality and accessibility. I was not disappointed!

Following two days of intense one-to-one training, followed by an assessment, I was qualified, and ready to get to work as a celebrant.

Thanks to the quality of the training and support from Stuart, I was able to face funeral directors with confidence.

Within a week I received my first instruction for a funeral. A few days later, I was able to deliver a meaningful and moving service for my client.

For those who are serious about becoming a celebrant, there is no better route than the Academy.

- Marc, APC Graduate 

Our training will result in sharp shifts in your confidence.

And enable you to create and deliver outstanding ceremonies that are truly memorable.

When you complete your training 


We will send a FREE press release to your local newspaper of choice publishing your success 

 (If you wish)

Click HERE to see example


A framed Certificate of Distinction in Celebrancy which is recommended and recognised throughout the funeral and wedding industry


Full A.P.C Membership


Become part of our UK network of celebrants where you can converse and share experiences through our closed online platforms. Access to our podcasts made for our past students


Unlimited aftercare, ongoing telephone and email support from A.P.C


Once you have decided on your branding ideas and colours, we will design your unique celebrant logo and business cards to make you shine and stand out from the crowd

Head Teacher Julie shares her thoughts on her training with The Funeral Celebrant Academy

"For me it was money well spent"

100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 30-Days

If you felt we did not meet your expectations within the first 30 days of buying and starting your training with A.P.C, please let us know within this time frame and we will offer a full refund, taking into account how much of the course and training materials you have undertook and completed with us.

A.P.C offers one of a kind celebrant training across the UK Are you ready to make the change?