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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we frequently get asked….
1. Does the Diploma qualify me to conduct legal ceremonies?
Yes. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland allows Celebrants to legally marry a couple. This is not the case in England and Wales, however the next legal review to make Humanist marriages a legal entity is December 3rd 2020. To be able to conduct a legal ceremony in Scotland or NI you do need to be affiliated with a recognised belief body that can provide you with a Licence. The Fuze Foundation is a Humanist Organisation recognised by the Registrar General.
2. You are based in Scotland how will I get support if I am based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland?
Our head-office is in Scotland. Our team of Celebrants is expanding across the UK. Our support team, including mentors, travel across the country and offer the same support regardless of your location.
3. What happens at the end of my course?
All successful candidates are guaranteed an interview to join the team at Fuze Ceremonies upon successful completion of the Diploma. Offers to join Fuze Ceremonies will be subject to successfully passing the interview, all diploma study and behaviour criteria being met and the availability of positions needed to fulfil ceremony demand in each area. Of course the diploma will also allow you to become and independent celebrant.
4. Can I work as an Independent Celebrant?
Our Diploma does give you the skills to work independently*. As you will be running your own business we highly recommend that you also undertake the Celebrant Marketing Course and you’ll have to think about a Web site and understand all the ins and outs of running a business.
(*To perform legal marriage ceremonies you will need to be affiliated with a belief body that can issue legal marriage licences. Scotland and Northern Ireland only. The next legal review to make Humanist marriages a legal entity for England and Wales is December 3rd 2020)
5. How much does a Celebrant earn?
This would depend on how many and what type of ceremonies you perform. If you are successful and join the Fuze Ceremonies team we will support you with expert marketing on our website, social media channels and advertising. Self-marketing on your own social media and other channels is also essential. It’s simple, the more effort you put in, the more bookings you will receive. A Part Time Celebrant can earn in the region of £16,000.
6. What is the qualification and where is it recognised?
The UK Celebrant and Public Speaking Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification provided by the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).
This Diploma gives the credibility and status of having been trained professionally and demonstrates that you are able to perform at the highest level. The Diploma is designed to not only enhance candidates’ skills and knowledge, but it also defines the standards of competence required of a celebrant.
After decades operating as celebrants ourselves, the team at UKCAPSA have developed this comprehensive training course covering the skills needed by celebrants. We train celebrants to the highest of standards.
In recognising the Diploma, SQA have accredited UKCAPSA as a training Centre. SQA have rigorously audited staff, reference materials, learning materials, assessment materials, equipment and accommodation needed to deliver, assess and internally verify the UKCAPSA Diploma. UKCAPSA continues to be subject to external audits by SQA.
7. Do I need to train to become a Celebrant?
If conducting Legal ceremonies the Registrar General will look for evidence of training that has
been completed by the Celebrant.
To become an independent celebrant there is no legal requirement to complete any formal training, however we strongly advise that you invest in our Diploma which will provide all the skills needed to be successful in your new role.
8. Am I able to shadow a Celebrant during my training?
Our expert assessors, who are practicing celebrants themselves, are on hand during allocated tutor time to support you. Shadowing is not part of the Diploma, however, if you join the Fuze Team after qualifying you will be allocated a mentor who you will shadow initially and then they will support you through your first few ceremonies.