Becoming a Celebrant

There is a growing demand for Humanist ceremonies throughout Ireland and as a result a growth in demand for celebrants and a growth in interest in becoming a celebrant. Being a celebrant is a rewarding, but demanding role. Humanist celebrants are very much the public face of Humanism, which underlines the responsibilities of the role.


In January the Ceremonies Management Committee selected candidates to interview for training as HAI Celebrants. There will be another call for applications in Autumn 2017. Details will appear on this page in April.

The qualities needed for the role of celebrant include an ability to relate well to people, an empathetic nature and good judgement, together with excellent communication, presentation, language and organizational (including computer) skills.


Applications should be emailed to


We are particularly interested in applications from candidates who live in Connacht or Donegal.


Your application should include a cover note outlining your reasons for wanting to become a celebrant and why you feel you would be suitable for the role, together with a copy of your CV and the names and contact details of three referees: two should be HAI members of at least two years standing (excluding serving members of the Board or the Ceremonies Management Committee) and one should be a work/character referee.


*Please note that a requirement for application is a minimum of two consecutive years’ membership of HAI at the time of application and evidence of active engagement in HAI activities. Please include your date of joining HAI, details of the activities you have been involved in and the joining dates of your two HAI referees.


Short listing will apply and there is no guarantee that all applicants will be called for interview.


Candidates who demonstrate to the interview panel that they have the required mix of attributes and skills to become a HAI celebrant will be assigned to a mentoring panel made up of three experienced celebrants and will begin the mentoring/training programme. This involves attending ceremonies and planning meetings as well as training modules; giving feedback to your mentors and finally planning and then presenting your own ceremony to your interview and mentoring panels.


Assuming the members of your interview and mentoring panels and you yourself agree that you are ready for accreditation, at that point the Ceremonies Management Committee will recommend to the Board of the HAI that you are accredited as a celebrant. Accreditation is probationary for the first year.


HAI accredited celebrants operate on a self-employed basis and deal directly with couples and families in planning and delivering ceremonies. A proportion of all fees earned is paid to the HAI.


With the current growth in demand for Humanist ceremonies there is a need for more celebrants and all expressions of interest will be welcomed and seriously considered. However, due the geographical spread of current celebrants, demand is greater in some areas than others. We would also stress that there may come a time when demand levels off and the need for additional celebrants may lessen or cease. Nobody should assume that, following two years’ membership, they will automatically be considered for the role.