Skills and Attributes Funeral Celebrants Need

You will need the following personal qualities, attributes and skills to become a successful funeral celebrant:

  • Good literary and writing skills i.e. the ability to write concisely, grammatically and effectively
  • A good public speaking voice and confidence to speak to groups of up to 300 people
  • Smart appearance
  • A mature, calm, reassuring manner
  • Sensitive interviewing skills
  • Use of a computer and confident computer skills, with good experience of using Microsoft Word (or similar package) and a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or similar.
  • Access to and ability to use email is essential.
  • Availability on weekdays, including evenings
  • A genuine interest in providing a quality service and improving the choice and quality of funerals available to the bereaved
There is no upper age limit for those wishing to train for this work. On successful completion of the course, funeral celebrants either work on a self-employed basis, or are employed by their organisation. Training on self-employment is included.

Funerals present varied, unpredictable problems. These situations call for good working relationships with funeral directors, crematorium staff, and others. You will need the ability to develop and maintain local networks with these organisations. Whilst we do not stipulate any particular academic qualifications, there will be exacting demands on writing skills, questioning abilities and on your self-confidence. 

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