Information, Advice and Guidance Policy
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is offered to all leaners who apply for Civil Ceremonies Ltd (CCL) training course, who attend CCL training and who are successful in achieving their qualification.
IAG at application:
Prospective learners are provided with in-depth information that enables them to ensure that they are choosing the right qualification, choosing it at the right time for them and that they can afford to pay for the course.
Advice is given to learners on what are the main requirements for working as a celebrant, what skills and attitude would be required and who they should initially contact in their locality to test this out.
The guidance given at this stage could be that the prospective learner might need further development before embarking on this course of study or that they could investigate available routes to funding.
Information can be provided by the Office Manager, Training Coordinator or the Managing Director who will always have a telephone conversation with the learner.
IAG during study:
Information is provided in many formats. The distance learning element provides opportunities for the learner to investigate the many facets of celebrancy. Added to this, the information in the manual is in-depth and covers many of the aspects of the work. It also covers information on keeping safe, marketing and running a successful business plus IT skills required.
During the five-day residential element of the study, learners are provided with a further manual on the aspects of celebrancy which enhances and makes the distance learning come live. Learners are exposed to teaching sessions, delivered by subject specialists and will then go on to practice before a rigorous assessment of simulated activities to prove competence. Information also comes from industry experts who offer added value to the course, over and above qualification requirements.
Advice is provided on all aspects of celebrancy to promote good practice and to steer learners. Learners are guided through the distance learning stage by access to a dedicated tutor / assessor who is on hand by email and telephone to give support for the successful completion. Feedback on this element is provided by email and/or phone conversations and at times further work is required for reassessment.
Guidance during the residential element is provided in small group sessions as well on a 1:1 basis. Feedback following assessment of practice sessions is provided. After some activities learners are shown video evidence of their performance and they self-reflect as well as being provided with guidance on areas for improvement. Their further improvement is further discussed and more feedback provided as the course progresses.
Course Tutors / Assessors, who are all either practising or qualified celebrants and industry experts will provide the IAG.
IAG following successful completion of the qualification:
Information following successful completion is provided to help develop celebrants to achieve their potential in their location. They are provided with details of associations they can join, of further training opportunities and seminars and events they can attend.
Celebrants who are successful can, and are encouraged to, contact CCL on their first activity as a celebrant to ensure that they have assimilated the training and are putting this in to practice. They are advised on issues such as correct wording, suitable music and readings and ways to ensure they have personalised the ceremony. Celebrants have been known to contact CCL many years after completion for assistance where they are encountering a difficult and testing ceremony and require assurance.
Guidance at this stage is provided for CPD and celebrants are encouraged to seek other local celebrants to share some of their concerns and to gain confidence in their activities. Where the celebrant has completed some ceremonies, they are encouraged to attend further training at a higher level to enhance their skills.
IAG at this stage is usually supplied by the Managing Director who endeavours to ensure that celebrancy is viewed as a profession and is delivered to clients in a professional yet personalised way.