Become A Wedding Officiant
The Celebrant Foundation and Institute has been educating and certifying celebrants for over 20 years. Our program of studies is comprehensive, non-affiliated, and universally applicable to any and all clients and officiants. Our multi-accredited certification specialties include your choice of Weddings, Funerals, or Ceremonies in Healing and Transition. Additionally in the Fall of each year, we also offer certification in Life Cycle Ceremonies.

About Our Program for Certification:

Our program is separated into 2 parts. Everyone begins in Fundamentals of Celebrancy. This course is a prerequisite for all our certification specialty classes. In this class, you will learn the tools and our method of crafting personalized unique ceremonies. These are the building blocks you will need to master your craft.

In the second part of your course of study, you will move into your certification specialty course of choice. In these classes, you will dive deeply into everything you need to know to create, compose, market, sell, and professionally officiate the specialty you are studying.

About Our Classes:

  • Classes are led by experienced instructors who are both guides and mentors.
  • Class are on Zoom
  • Meet once per week for 90 minutes.
  • We teach in small cohorts of about 12 people.
  • Our private online classroom includes everything you need for class, no purchase of books or materials is required.

2023 Course Dates

Option 1: Winter-Spring Term

  • Fundamentals of Celebrancy 1/15/23 -3/11/23
  • No Classes weeks of 3/12/23 and 3/19/23
  • Certification Specialty 3/26/23-5/21/23
    (choose from Weddings, Funerals, or Ceremonies in Healing and Transition)

Option 2: Late Summer-Fall Term

  • Fundamentals of Celebrancy 07/16/23-09/15/23
  • No classes weeks of 9/17/23 and 9/24/23
  • Certification Specialities 10/1/23-12/8/23
    (choose from Weddings, Funerals, Ceremonies in Healing and Transition, or Ceremonies Across the Life Cycle)


Our program is sold as a Certification Package. Tuition includes both Fundamentals of Celebrancy and one certification specialty of your choice. The total tuition for your certification is $2400USD. We also offer a split tuition plan of 2 payments of $1250 each, or a 5-payment plan of $510.00 each.

Can I take more than one course at a time:

Yes - Once you complete Fundamentals of Celebrancy you can add an additional course at any time.

Additional certification courses: $1100 each

It is very easy to apply:

Submit a copy of your resume and a 500-2000 word personal statement about why you are choosing to become a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant on our website, anytime. Use this link or go to

Have questions or want to talk?

If you want to get to know us better, to help decide if CF&I can meet your expectations, we are happy to set up a time to talk by phone or zoom with either Elisa Chase, International Director, or Jen Boyes-Manseau, Academic Manager, just email us using this button, or at and request a personal no-obligation consultation.

What Makes CF&I Unique

  • 2 Decades of Experience teaching and training professional Celebrants.
  • First Celebrant training organization in North America
  • We are a fully recognized 501C3 organization, with an active Board Of Directors. Our profits are re-invested in our mission, not in our pocket. Anyone can use a ".org" web address, even if they are a for-profit business.
  • Our program is universally applicable to any kind of officiant. No dogma, no affiliations, just focused education.
  • No previous ceremony or officiant experience is needed.
  • Comprehensive training, not a crash course, designed to build skills and confidence to serve a variety of clients in a dynamic contemporary world.
  • All our instructors are graduates of our program with years of experience in the field.
  • On-going communities of support: Local, regional, virtual
  • Tool Kits, resources, and templates to ensure you are ready to serve.
  • Every course includes marketing and sales training.