Happy wedding guests shelter under umbrellas in the rain at an outdoor wedding ceremony

Become a celebrant

Every year our celebrants prepare and deliver thousands of unique and meaningful ceremonies 

Do I need any qualifications? 

There are no set formal qualifications to train with us, but you must be a humanist and all of our trainees are expected to demonstrate their commitment to humanism by becoming a member of the Society. 

Why train with us? 

We are the original, most long-standing, and most trusted provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland. 

We are written into Scottish marriage legislation which gives our celebrants permanent wedding authorisation. 

We have the largest network of active celebrants in Scotland who provide mentorship to trainee celebrants throughout their training, and our celebrant network is supported by a staff team. 

Our training is rigorous, well-supported, and fairly priced. We’re also a registered charity and campaign on a range of issues to create a fairer Scotland and world.

How long does it take to train?

Most people take around two years to become a fully qualified Humanist Society Scotland celebrant, authorised to conduct weddings, funerals, and namings. But how long it takes varies from trainee to trainee and depends on how much time you have to commit to the training process. 

The length of time it takes you to qualify will probably be reduced if you are able to commit full time hours to the process, but many of our celebrant trainees continue to work whilst training. 

Will I be an employee?

Our celebrants are self-employed so get to set their own levels of work and holidays. But they also become part of our celebrant network which is supported by our office staff, and provides administrative support, guidance, and supports the continued training and professional development of our celebrants.   

When do you recruit for training? 

Training recruitment is usually open twice a year with priority given to applicants from areas where we have fewer celebrants and want to expand coverage.  We always have a lot of interest in our training recruitment so it can take a while for us to process all applications and respond to applicants. However, we respond to all applicants so you will hear from us even if your application is unsuccessful this time. 

Register your interest

Celebrant recruitment is currently closed.  If you would like to be notified when recruitment opens, you can register your interest here.  Please be advised that there may be a significant delay between registering your interest and recruitment opening.  We do not send updates on recruitment schedules and will only contact you when recruitment opens.

Ceremonies Blog

Groom David stands with arms round bride Megan's waist. They look at one another, smiling and Megan holds her veil over their heads. It blows behind her in the breeze. Megan wears a white wedding dress and David a green tartan kilt.

Real wedding: sea of love

Real wedding: sea of love
Celebrant Derek smiles at the camera holding Paige wearing her pink birthday dress. Derek wears a black suit, blue tie and has glasses on.

Real ceremony stories: Paige’s naming ceremony

Real ceremony stories: Paige’s naming ceremony
Head and shoulder photograph of Pamela smiling. she has shoulder length brown hair and wears a white top with black stripes.

Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty

Meet our trainer for funeral and memorial ceremonies, Pamela Clocherty
A man wearing a black suit stands in front of a coffin during a funeral ceremony. He is performing a reading and holds an open book.

Funeral Poems and Readings

Funeral Poems and Readings
Bride and groom Nikki and Doug after they have "tied the knot" during the handfasting ritual. They hold the material up in a saltire cross shape, it is knotted in the middle.

Real Wedding: Summer love at Newhall Estate

Real Wedding: Summer love at Newhall Estate
A sign on an easel reads "welcome to Leo's naming day 30th April 2023" Balloons decorated with animal print pattern in blue, green and gold sit around it.

Our naming ceremony: Tracey, Craig and baby Leo

Our naming ceremony: Tracey, Craig and baby Leo
Wooden bench in a park with "in loving memory" engraved

Humanist memorial service

Humanist memorial service
Amanda and Josh stand gazing into each other’s eyes with Fortar Castle in the backdrop behind them. They are wearing traditional medieval wear. Josh wears a long black medieval style blouse with gold embellishment round bottom and collar. He wears baggy grey trousers and long black boots. Josh has a beard and long, brown slightly curly hair which he wears down and has a small pleat at one side. Amanda has long red hair which she wears down in loose curls. She wears a long white medieval style gown with gold embroidery and flowing bell sleeves.

Real Wedding: Medieval Magic…

Real Wedding: Medieval Magic…