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Skills Funeral Celebrants Need

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.

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 300+ people.
  • Smart appearance.
  • A mature, calm, reassuring manner.
  • Sensitive interviewing skills.
  • 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.
  • Use of a computer and confident word processing skills, with good experience of using Microsoft Word (or similar package) and a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or similar. Click below for a full list of IT skills you will need.
VIEW THE REQUIRED IT SKILLS LIST
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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.