"I have to say that my experience with CF&I and its teachers has been life-changing more than I ever anticipated. I am so grateful for having this opportunity in this chapter of my life and for the fine education I am receiving through CF&I."
Tess V. current Celebrant student
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All Classes are taught in an online program via real-time participation.

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Celebrant Courses are offered three times a year in the Winter, Summer and in the Fall.


The first professional Celebrant training organization in North America, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute has spent over 20 years developing and delivering comprehensive non-affiliated professional officiant and celebrant educational experiences. With graduates on 5 continents, and classes in multiple certification specialties, we have the deepest and farthest reach. CF&I sets the standard for Celebrant Training.

Our 6-month certification course will prepare you to offer personalized, custom created ceremonies that serve contemporary clients from diverse backgrounds.

Our classes are taught online via Zoom, led by a dedicated experienced instructor, and meet once a week for 90 minutes. Working within small cohorts provides you ample opportunity to master the craft of writing personalized, custom ceremonies that tell each client's story, their way.

Our program includes robust and relevant marketing components to assist you in launching and establishing your own professional Celebrant practice, performing and co-creating customized ceremonies in the specialties of your choice, that reflect the needs, beliefs, and values of the people they are honoring. You will leave our classes ready to attract clients and serve in your communities.

Our courses, programs and processes are universally applicable to all perspectives. We have graduates who are secular and non-secular, spiritual, Humanist, Agnostic and Atheist and more. Our courses are focused on learning the craft of exceptional ceremony creation, which is relevant and relatable and can be applied to any philosophy or spirituality. We offer a place where anyone can learn meaningful skills without having to embrace any particular affiliation.

Graduates are welcome to join in person local, regional, and private online Social Media groups. This resourceful network offers alumni the opportunity to share in mutual support, gain insight into their local as well as national markets, and to know that the combined wisdom of 20 years and over 1500 graduates is always available to them.

Whether you are brand new to this profession, pursuing external continuing educational credits, a member of the clergy or spiritual leader, or coming from an active officiant practice, we believe both our students and their clients are best served by an officiant who has taken time to fully understand all aspects of their profession. More than a "crash course", CF&I provides thoughtful, comprehensive Celebrant education and and provides ongoing professional development, a lifelong supportive community and practical guidance to ensure the highest level of success for our students and alumni.

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The Celebrant Foundation and Institute is proud to be accredited by the following organizations.

The International Association of Wedding Professionals
The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
The International Coaching Federation

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