There’s a specific reason why our students are required to complete their course work (written and practical portfolios) within 12 weeks of the face-to-face celebrant training. Our courses have been modelled to replicate the reality of celebrant life.
When a celebrant accepts a ceremony booking, it is done so on the promise that they will complete work (to an excellent standard) and that it will be done on time. A celebrant’s work is always full of deadlines and due dates: ordering music with Wesley and Obitus for funeral ceremonies; meeting with clients so that we can get a funeral script written and approved; and rehearsed twenty or so times before the ceremony; watching the clock at the end of the crematorium chapel to ensure we’re not running over our allotted time. With other rites of passage, such as weddings, ensuring the script is with the client about a month before so that they can decide if they’d like any amendments. Our journeys to venues are well timed to account for traffic and other delays.
We live by the clock, the diary, the calendar.
That’s the nature of this work. Each person who books us is essentially our employer for a period of time. And that ‘time’ is always moving forward.
When a person is given a certificate in celebrancy based on attendance rather than aptitude, without having demonstrated any proof that they can meet such deadlines, then the celebrant trainers in question are doing that celebrant’s future clients a disservice.
This job requires discipline, dedication and time management as core skills.