Kia ora and welcome to The Celebrant School

NZ’s #1 celebrant training provider.

Join us to learn the art of ceremony.

Ceremony plays an important role in Aotearoa – New Zealand, with individuals, families and communities all participating in a diverse range of ceremonies and celebrations, from weddings and funerals, through to significant birthdays, graduations and civic occasions. Ceremony helps us to mark these important events, and a professional celebrant guides this, by supporting the main players, engaging the guests and allowing everyone to experience something meaningful and memorable.

If you have great communication skills, a passion for working with people, and a knack for telling stories, then celebrancy could be your next move. The Celebrant School will teach you about the nature and design of ceremony, the legalities of weddings and civil unions, ways you can support families at times of loss or change, how to set up a business as a celebrant, and much, much more.

Come and Learn With Us!

The Celebrant School offers both a Certificate in Celebrant Studies and a Diploma in Celebrant Studies. This is the right place for you if:

  • You’re an aspiring celebrant, keen to build a new career path, be of service in your community/whānau/family or supplement your current income
  • You’ve recently registered as an independent marriage celebrant with the Department of Internal Affairs, and would like to develop your skills
  • You’re an existing celebrant wanting to enhance your practice, polish your skills and build your networks
  • You’re working in another professional role, such as counselling, social work or education, and would like to use ceremony and ritual to enrich your practice
  • You’re simply curious to know more about celebrancy in New Zealand

A Great Place to Learn

Training and on-going development are important for any professional, and you can be assured you’re getting the best when you enrol with The Celebrant School. Our Certificate was established over 20 years ago, and the school has a proud tradition of service to celebrancy in Aotearoa-New Zealand. It is grounded in the cultural and social context of our communities, meaning you will be well prepared to meet people’s diverse needs.

Our teaching team are all well-respected, practicing celebrants, active across a range of ceremonies in different parts of the country. Their practical experience is supported with an in-depth knowledge of ceremony and celebration, giving you access to a great mix of information, resources and techniques to enhance your own practice.

Our courses are offered on a part-time basis to suit your busy lifestyle, and are available via a blend of on line and face-to-face intensive sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The core module – Ceremony & Celebrations – is complemented with specialist modules on  Marriage & Civil Unions, Funerals, and Transition Through Change & Crisis. A new Marriage Celebrant Essentials course will provide the basics for recently appointed or aspiring marriage celebrants, to be competent to assist couples getting married in New Zealand.  Our Professional Practice module will give you the tools you need to set up as a celebrant, cater for clients from diverse backgrounds, as well as enhancing your design and delivery skills.

Our experiential learning process establishes a safe, effective environment for learning and reflection. You will practice creating and delivering meaningful contemporary ceremonies, develop your own unique celebrant style, build your network, and explore ways to market yourself.