Every year HSS Registered Celebrants prepare and deliver thousands of unique, personal and meaningful ceremonies to celebrate life, love and family.  These ceremonies include Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies, Funerals and Wedding and Civil Partnership Ceremonies.

The role of an HSS Registered Celebrant is to meet with those planning the ceremony and to develop a ceremony based on memories, stories, adventures, hopes and promises. Our celebrants are passionate about celebrating life.

Humanist Society Scotland is the largest and longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland; we have over 125 celebrants, all from different backgrounds with different experiences.  All HSS Registered Celebrants are self-employed but are part of a supported and supportive network.

We are currently looking for enthusiastic Humanists with finely tuned, highly developed interpersonal skills, who are excellent communicators, have a flair for writing and enjoy working with people, to join our team of Funeral and Naming Celebrants.

How do I apply?
To apply for a place on our Celebrant Training Programme please download and complete the application form, returning with your CV to ceremonies@humanism.scot with the subject ‘Celebrant Application’ and the area you live; for example ‘Celebrant Application PERTH’

What happens next?
Our Head of Ceremonies & Chaplaincy, Training Officer and Area Ceremonies Officers (ACOs) shortlist the applications. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to interview in Edinburgh with our Head of Ceremonies & Chaplaincy and Training Officer. If successful, you are offered a place on our training programme (subject to references).

When can I expect to hear?
Applicants can expect to hear from us after the closing date of 3 September 2017

How much does it cost?
The cost of our Funeral and Naming training is £1500 (incl VAT) which includes materials, accommodation and meals. We usually invoice this fee over two stages prior to and during the training. However, we are always happy to discuss financial arrangements.

What format does the training take?
The training involves residential training days, mentoring in your local area and assessment days. The training is delivered over a period of around eight weeks but how long you are in mentoring before you are assessed and registered to conduct ceremonies depends on you and your availability; it can be anything from a few weeks to a few months.

How do I apply to be a wedding only Celebrant?
We only recruit for Funeral and Naming Celebrants. Training to conduct wedding ceremonies is only available to HSS Registered Celebrants who have conducted a minimum number of funerals and naming ceremonies.

Important Dates
Closing Date: 3 September 2017
Interviews: 10 & 11 October 2017
Training Dates: 23 & 24 October, 19 & 20 November and 12 December 2017 (attendance at all dates required)

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