Humanist Society Scotland is the longest standing and most trusted provider of Humanist ceremonies in Scotland; we have celebrants across Scotland, all from different backgrounds with different experiences.  All Humanist Society Scotland 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 Celebrants.  Applications are invited from across Scotland, but we are particularly keen to hear from applicants based in the following areas:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dumfries & Galloway

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
  • a video of you delivering a piece of poetry or reading you think would be appropriate for a Humanist Naming & Welcoming ceremony. This should be no more than 3 mins long and can be taken with a mobile phone – as long as we can see and hear you!  Please ensure your video is provided via a link and not an attachment, and in a standard and easily accessible format; links to external sites such as YouTube and Vimeo are ideal.

Please return your completed application form, CV, and video link to with the subject ‘Celebrant Application’ and the area you live; for example ‘Celebrant Application PERTH’

What happens next?
Our Director of Services, Training Officer and Area Ceremonies Officers (ACOs) review the applications.  If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to interview with our Director of Services and Training Officer.   If successful at interview a place on our training would be offered subject to references and Disclosure check.

When can I expect to hear?
Applicants can expect to hear from us after the closing date of 10 December 2022, and once we have reviewed all applications. Please note we usually receive a high volume of applications and it can take two weeks to shortlist.

How much does it cost?
Our training is over three phases costing (including VAT):

PHASE 1 – Core Celebrant Skills and Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies: £1100

Following completion on phase 1 (including mentoring and assessment) you will be a Humanist Society Scotland Registered Celebrant authorised to conduct Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies.

PHASE 2 – Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies: £1300

Following completion on phase 2 (including mentoring and assessment) you will be authorised to conduct civil partnerships and legal marriage ceremonies.  Humanist Society Scotland is the only belief body in Scotland with the authority to authorise their own Celebrants to solemnise marriage and only our Celebrants have permanent authorisation.  Please be aware of other groups offering training who cannot confirm you will be fully authorised to solemnise marriage in Scotland.

PHASE 3 – Funeral Ceremonies: £750

Following completion on phase 3 (including mentoring and assessment) you will be authorised to conduct Funeral Ceremonies.

We normally invoice at each phase but are always happy to discuss financial arrangements.

What format does the training take?
The training involves residential training days at a venue in the central belt, mentoring in your local area, and assessment days.

How available do I need to be for ceremonies?
Initially you will be authorised to conduct Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies, then weddings and finally funerals.  Naming and wedding ceremonies most often take place at weekends so you would need good availability Saturdays and Sundays and also the time to meet with families and couples and to work with them to write unique and meaningful ceremonies.  Funeral ceremonies tend to take place during traditional office hours so you would need good mid-week availability at this stage of your Celebrant journey.

How do I apply to be a ‘wedding only’ Celebrant?
We recruit Humanists who want to help people mark all life’s milestones and therefore we do not recruit ‘wedding only’ Celebrants.  We expect our celebrants to be available to communities for all ceremony types.

Important Dates
Closing Date: 11 December 2022

Interviews: 17th / 18th January 2023 (option for in-person or online)

Training Dates:

Phase 1: 19th & 20th March 2023 (residential), 4th April 2023 (online), 18th May 2023 (rehearsal), 25th May 2023 (assessment)

Phase 2: 13th & 14th August 2023 (residential), 12th October 2023 (rehearsal), 20th October 2023 (assessment)

Phase 3: 29th October & 30th October 2023 (residential), 3rd December 2023 (crematorium practice day)

Attendance at all dates is required.  Please only apply if you are available for and can commit to the training dates for all three phases.

Celebrant Applications: Where you provide us with personal information to register your interest in becoming an HSS Registered Celebrant or submit an application to undertake Celebrant training with us, we will not use it for any other purpose. We do not retain applications from those applicants who do not progress to training. Please refer to our Privacy Notice for more information.

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