2019 training dates announced!

March 23rd – 28th, June 22nd – 27th, September 14th – 19th
NB:  If you want a particular date, you’d better get in soon, some courses are already half full!


A Funeral Celebrant’s life can be demanding, emotional, sometimes just plain hard, but it is also one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles you can imagine!  All participants have said they would recommend the course to others, whether experienced celebrants, or new to the industry.

$250 will secure your place.  A waiting list will be made, because sometimes life can just get in the way !  


With a six day, total immersion course, you will experience and gain the following skills:

  •  An understanding of grief, loss and trauma
  •  Public speaking, poetry and the ability to gather resources
  • Listening skills
  • Writing a good life story
  • Ceremony structure and protocols
  • Simulated family interview (with professional actors)
  • Understanding the balance of loss and celebration of life
  • Looking after yourself
  • Ceremony writing
  • Difficult funerals (babies/car accidents/suicide)
  • Presentation and videoing of your written funeral service
  • What would you do if?  Q&A
  • Marketing and small business (with a marketing professional)
  • A full tour of a cemetery and crematorium


About your trainer

Unlike some trainers, I work in the industry full time as a funeral celebrant, so I know what it is like. I have written over 2,000 services and I am still as passionate and dedicated as when I first started in 2002. I want those who are interested in learning to fully understand and be capable of creating a ceremony that will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who attends.

I have written this training course from start to finish, so that you will have a complete understanding of how to work as a funeral celebrant. Jane Ormonde (May 2014), a trainer herself, said it was the first course she has ever done where, on completion of the course, she actually felt capable of doing what she had been trained to do.

The satisfaction of receiving a phone call, letter, card of thanks, goes beyond words. A good funeral celebrant can make a difference in people’s lives that will, quite literally, never be forgotten.

Add to this I offer ongoing mentoring (for as long as I’m around lol), a Facebook forum for past and current students to support each other, as well as the opportunity of creating a good supportive network in what can be an isolated role.



The mentors for next year have not yet been confirmed but hopefully they will be:  Kevin Clune, Delma Carpenter and Suzie Venn

Delma Carpenter, even though Delma only graduated in May 2017, she has absolutely blitzed the small area she lives in and goes to prove if you are determined to succeed you will!  She did close to 75 funerals in her first year!  So still very much in the ‘newer’ category, Delma defied all odds to now be an ‘in demand’ celebrant – I might add, she had never done anything like this before!  So for those completely new to celebrancy – she has walked your walk!

Kevin Clune a 2012 graduate was a successful funeral celebrant before completing the course, however he felt it lifted him to the next level and now he is one of the top (if not the top) male funeral celebrants in Perth. Kevin mentored the May courses in 2014,  2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Participants have all said how much they have benefitted from his immense amount from his experience.

Suzie Venn a graduate from 2015 was determined to be the best and on enrolling said “I will make you proud”.  Having now conducted 600+ funerals, recently Suzie was told by two different funeral directors that she is now thought of as the top female celebrant in Brisbane, her busy schedule certainly reflects that and yes I am proud!  Suzie mentored the September 2017 course and I’m hoping she’ll be back next year.

Another graduate of that same course, Elaine Herrick, was  Allison Monkhouse’s in house celebrant, a much-coveted role and after working as a celebrant again she has returned to Allison Monkhouse as their pre-paids and events specialist.  Elaine mentored the August 2014 course attendees and gave a real insight into the internal workings of a funeral company.  If she can, Elaine joins us for dinner a couple of nights and is often there to support and help participants with preparations for their presentations on Tuesday night for Wednesday.


So how much does it cost?

For all accommodation, meals (except one night when we are out) and tuition, the cost is $2,500, which for most celebrants, is the income from five or six funerals, depending where you live as each state earns different amounts.  There is an early bird discount of $200 if the course is paid for six weeks in advance.

For those coming from interstate, pick up and drop off to Melbourne airport is included. If you want to fly in on Friday, Catherine and Robert from Chestnut Hill are happy for us to stay there on the Friday night at no cost.

If you wish to have the three recognised units certified there is an additional cost of $250 paid directly to the RTO.

With the group strictly limited to a maximum of 9 participants, courses are held at Chestnut Hill Conference Lodge a beautiful and serene setting in the Dandenongs.

This course may challenge you, however it will also teach you skills that can be applied to every part of your life. As recent graduate Lemise Kassim said, “it was personal development on steroids!”

I feel confident that it will help you discover more about yourself and your capabilities.

Please give me a call on 0425 726 246 to chat further about it.