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Funeral Training FAQs

We hope you find the information you need easy to find on our website but here are some additional questions we are frequently asked:

This varies from person to person as it depends on the spare time you have available to study but the average length of time is 8 – 12 weeks.

You do not receive a funding letter until you have been accepted on to the course following our application process.

We usually hold the more practical element of the course on the residential course, but in 2020 we converted this to a very effective online week on Zoom. If your course is postponed due to Covid restrictions, we will offer you the opportunity of waiting for a residential course to become available again. Or you can do this part online. We have low numbers on the online course and those who have trained this way have been very pleased indeed with the training they have received. We are always pleased to give you contact details for those who have trained online so that you can talk to them about how they found the experience.

Yes, it is a requirement of the second part of the course for you to stay at the hotel, however local you may live. We start training early in the morning and continue late into evenings. Part of the learning on the course is to be networking with other trainees and tutors.

We do not advise bringing anyone or any pets to the hotel with you. The training is intensive and you do not have spare time to mix with others!

There is no guarantee at all, and the course is offered on a pass/fail basis. However, our application process is very thorough, and we are highly experienced in assessing your application form and writing exercise to see whether you possess the skills and attributes to pass the course. If you are accepted onto a course, then we believe that you will be able to achieve the qualification. At the end of your training, if there are weak areas that you need to strengthen, we will offer you the opportunity to retake these. Retake sessions are held online, and a charge is made for each element retaken.  The current pass rate is 97% so you can see that we make every effort to help you reach the standard required.

This is of course your choice.  If you want to withdraw from the course, please do let us know. If you have taken out the Advanced Learner Loan, please be aware that you will still be liable for all or part of the Loan. If you are self-funding, we are not able to refund payments once you have received the distance learning workbook.

This is very difficult as the demand for places is always high. There is an admin charge for changing course dates, but it is sometimes possible. Please let us know as soon as possible if a problem arises.

If you have read our literature, followed our advice and spoken to other celebrants and people in the industry and you are still drawn to this work, then funeral celebrancy is probably something that you will get huge satisfaction from, and be successful at. If you are approaching it for purely financial reasons or for a pastime then it may not be the right way forward for you. There is a huge amount of work involved in the training and the work itself is extremely demanding.

Our experience is that once you have finished your training then yes, you will! By the time you lead an actual funeral, you will be intent on delivering the best possible ceremony for your client and your focus on ‘getting it right’ will overcome any emotion that could interfere with your delivery.

This is impossible to say. It depends on how good you are, how much funeral directors want to work with you and how much marketing you do so they know you are there. We tell you how to approach funeral directors on the course and advise you to initially speak to one or two before training, to establish if work is likely to be available in your area.

Pretty good! A celebrant spends a great deal of time on a computer writing and amending funeral scripts. Look at this link https://www.civilceremonies.co.uk/skills-funeral-celebrants-need

This tells you what skills you will need.

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        IT Skills you will need both during your training and working as a celebrant

        Do you have the following skills:

        1. Ability in creating, naming, using, saving and retrieving files and folders.
        2. Familiarity with using your version of Word (or similar software).
        3. Understanding of toolbars and icons.
        4. Ability to copy and paste sections of text.
        5. An understanding of ‘track changes’ and how to use this function.
        6. Ability to bold, underline and italicise text.
        7. Be able to change font type, size and colour.
        8. Ability to centre text in the middle of a page and right and left justify it.
        9. Be able to alter line spacing in a document and insert a page break.
        10. Be able to use the undo and redo functions.
        11. Understand how the tab key works.
        12. Ability to use headers and footers, bullet points and numbering
        13. Understanding of the difference between ‘Save’ and ‘Save As’.

        If you said ‘yes’ to all of the above then you have good basic skills.

        If you have answered ‘no’ to any of the above then you will need to improve your basic skills before starting the course. This can be done in a few hours by using one or more of the free online tutorials available on the internet.