Train to be a Celebrant conducting Ceremonies for Couples and Families

NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy: Naming and Couples (RQF)

Training qualifications and accreditation can be confusing and it is worth thoroughly investigating exactly what qualification is being offered to you.

This Level 3 Diploma is the highest level accredited national qualification available in Naming & Couples Celebrancy in the UK.

It is a complete qualification that does not require any other modules or elements in other subjects to be taken to achieve it.  On successful completion of the course, you will receive certificates from the awarding body National Open College Network (NOCN) that reflect your achievement.  The NOCN  is a leading credit-based awarding organisation that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for over 30 years.  See

The qualification is listed on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

See: Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications

The qualification number is 601/1586/5. It has 13 units, 41 credits and 287 guided learning hours.

To become an accredited national qualification, regulated by Ofqual, training needs to meet stringent criteria related to exam content, delivery, assessment and reporting procedures.

The Diploma that you will undertake is broadly equivalent to the following qualifications:

    In England & Northern Ireland  - any other level 3 qualification, such as GCE ‘A’ levels or ‘AS’ levels, level 3 BTEC, NVQ level 3, Level 3 Vocational Qualifications and other Advanced Diplomas

    In Wales  - NVQ level 3, Vocational Qualification level 3, AS and A Level, Welsh Bacclaureate Qualification Advanced, ESW, WKS, Apprenticeship Framework

    In Scotland - the equivalent would be a Level 6 qualification, equivalent to Highers, SVQ Level 3, Professional Development Awards, National Progression Awards and National Certificates


While there are no formal entry requirements to undertake the qualification with us, we require you to complete an application form and writing exercise, both of which are assessed, before a place can be offered on the course.

The training programme contains a mixture of assessment methods and is operated on a pass/fail basis. Some parts of your training can be taken again if you should need to strengthen a weak area (a £25 + vat charge is made for each element that is retaken). We make no apologies for the fact that the training is challenging, there is much more involved than most people envisage. You will be assessed on every aspect of the distance and residential elements of the training programme by highly experienced and qualified tutor/assessors.

Civil Ceremonies Ltd is a NOCN Recognised Learning Centre, providing training to a nationally recognised standard.  In addition, we won a Regional National Training Award for our funeral celebrancy training in 2008.

You will be able to promote your services in the total confidence that you have been fully assessed as competent to conduct ceremonies and provide a high quality service to your clients.  

"It is an excellent course. Challenging but so worthwhile and rewarding.  Quite amazing how so much is communicated in a relatively short time. Much of that is down to the style of communication - written and verbal - always straightforward, with a splash of humour, and help always there if needed. Everyone certainly came away with a sense of achievement."

Christine Vaughan - Celebrant Trained June 2014