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PROFESSIONAL FUNERAL CELEBRANT 

THE GOLD STANDARD

3 DAY LIVE CELEBRANT TRAINING

 with Nikki Kulin and Jacqueline Cale 
Brighton
COMING SOON
 

Apply now and fast track your Professional Celebrant career in 2022

The Celebrant Circle is delighted to introduce our 3-day Funeral Celebrant Training course. This is an intensive course for new entrants to the profession or experienced Wedding Celebrants wishing to expand their businesses to include taking funerals. 

Your Teachers

Jacqueline Cale

Jacqueline is a highly experienced Celebrant and trainer. As an NOCN tutor and assessor, she has trained and mentored over 150 students - helping them to launch their own succesful celebrant careers. Dividing her time between the UK and France, Jacqueline's succesful business sees her conducting weddings and funerals in both countries. An award-winning writer with a 1st Class Honours degree in English and a Diploma in Creative Writing, Jacqueline brings to her teaching a passion for the written and spoken word!  

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Nikki Kulin

Nikki runs her own successful Celebrant business in both Southern Spain and Sussex.  Having run the Sales & Marketing department of a business for 18 years, Nikki shares a wealth of knowledge with her students. As an experienced Celebrant Trainer, she has trained over 100 new Celebrants.  Nikki also has specialist knowledge of social media marketing.  With a teaching degree and Qualified Teacher Status, Nikki is a specialist in Curriculum Design and Assessment.   Asked what her favourite part of being a Celebrant is, she says that it is definitely writing love stories and life stories for couples and families.

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About us

The Celebrant Circle was founded in 2021 by Jacqueline Cale and Nikki Kulin who, between them, have trained and mentored over 200 professional Celebrants. The Circle offers the highest standards in Professional Celebrant Training, with ongoing one-to-one mentorship and ongoing support once training is complete.

Automatic membership of our Inner Circle community begins immediately after graduation, when students will be welcomed into a knowledgeable, caring, and fun community of experienced celebrants. With access to exclusive funeral resources, CPD opportunities, members’ discounts and much, much more. Our in-depth training and supportive community will get your business firmly established. 

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Requirements

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life who wish to enter this wonderful profession.  

 

We suggest that in order to fully engage with our training, a good standard of written and spoken English is necessary. Access to a smartphone and a laptop will be required for certain lessons. A basic knowledge of social media will be beneficial to get the most from our business marketing and promotion sessions. 

 

However, we do accept every application on an individual basis and if you are at all worried about any of the requirements, please get in touch with us to discuss your concerns. We offer access to pre-course preparation and are more than happy to help.

 

We will contact you within three days of receiving your application to arrange an in-person or Zoom meeting with Jaqueline or Nikki from the teaching faculty. You’ll then have the opportunity to discuss the reality of life as as Funeral Celebrant, the course requirments, and any additional training needs you may require. 

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Celebrant Circle!

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What's Included

  • 3 days of classroom-based teaching (including lunch and refreshments)

  • Follow-up one-to-one support and mentoring

  • One year membership of the Inner Circle (£15 per month after the first year)

  • Lifetime access to the Celebrant Circle’s online planning and resource library

  • Assigned tutor for follow-up mentoring and support

  • Free ticket to a  ‘Circle Coaching’ event of your choice

  • Fully-immersive learning with industry professionals

  • Weekly ‘Celebrant Surgery’ sessions with tutors and colleagues

  • Access to the Inner Circle Facebook ‘members only’ group 

  • CPD and further learning opportunities 

  • Invitation to join the Celebrant Circle’s country-wide meetups 

Note: As this is a non-residential course. Students have the option of choosing to stay at the training venue (reduced room rates available) or to organise their own local accommodation.  

We are here for any questions

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A Typical Day

  • Meet at 0845 for catch-up coffee and buns (obligatory!) 

  • We begin our training days with reflection and consolidation of the previous day’s learning, picking up and expanding on any gaps and enhancing understanding. We outline the timetable for the day and set to work on the day's learning. 

  • All sessions are live and fully interactive with two trainers present in the room at all times. We utilise an array of teaching and learning methodologies - from good old-fashioned chalk-and-talk to interactive computer-based learning. We firmly believe that ‘to do is to learn’ and we’ll get you on your feet and actively involved, every step of the way!

  • Coffee is available mid-morning and afternoon with a delicious lunch included on your course. 

  • Afternoon sessions may involve ceremony creation, service planning and writing, public speaking, or role plays for you to practice how to work with families or wedding clients. We look at the choreography of ceremonies, media and music systems, and consider how you will market yourself as a Professional Funeral  Celebrant. We will look at designing unique ceremonies and ‘Celebrations of Life.' 

  • At the end of each day, we reflect on our learning and you are assigned an evening task to complete and submit prior to arriving the following morning. (Nothing too arduous - we recognise you’ll have worked extremely hard during the day) 

  • Despite the course being non-residential, we offer you the opportunity to meet up and socialise with your cohort and trainers in the evening, as a way to wind down, relax and ask all of those questions that cropped up after the training day was complete! 

  • p.s. We recommend that you clear your diary for the evenings during the three days you’re with us. It’s a pretty full-on course and you WILL be tired!

Syllabus

Day One

  • Introduction to Celebrancy 

  • A ‘deep-dive’ into the history and evolving role of the Professional Funeral Celebrant 

  • The ‘Ceremony Circle’

  • Family Meetings & Interview techniques

  • Service planning, design, and delivery

  • Working with Funeral Directors and Industry Professionals

  • Introduction to branding & marketing for Funeral Celebrants

Day Two

  • Marketing my Celebrant business

  • Bespoke Ceremonies and Unique Rituals 

  • Creative writing for Tributes and Eulogies

  • Web design, content and social media marketing

  • Public speaking

  • Embracing equality and diversity

  • Health & Safety for Celebrants

Day Three

  • Ceremony checklist 

  • Difficult funerals and introduction to advanced funeral work 

  • Music and Media systems

  • Business planning for sole traders

  • Funeral Practical Exercises

  • Terms & Conditions, GDPR, Client Contracts

  • Course Consolidation

  • Graduation and welcome to The Circle

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Ongoing Learning

AND SUPPORT

Follow-up Funeral Ceremony assignment

You will be required to write and submit a follow-up assignment for feedback and troubleshooting. This is a stand-alone piece of work and will form part of your first, one-to-one mentoring session. 

 

One-to-one Mentoring

Once you've graduated from the course, you are entitled to 2 x 1 hour mentoring sessions with your trainers. These sessions must be booked within eight weeks of completing your training and can focus on any aspect of your training, marketing, or celebrant journey. 

 

On completion of your course, you will gain automatic access to the ‘Inner Circle’ (link) where you can connect with other Professional Celebrants and benefit from all of the fantastic opportunities and perks available to our members. 

 

We look forward to opening up ‘The Circle’ for you to come in and join us!  

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Testimonials

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I LEARNT SO MUCH

Anita B -  Sports Coach. Oral Historian. Celebrant

I had the pleasure of having Nikki as my celebrant trainer when I first started training, and what a knowledgeable and supportive teacher she is!

Nikki brings her huge experience of celebrancy and marketing to all her coaching sessions. I learnt so much from her and I’m taking it all into my own business every day; real, practical, translatable.

But if all the professional expertise isn’t enough, Nikki makes her sessions fun and interactive too. She is a friendly, fun and professional expert, what a combination! Truly a five star trainer.