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Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (Training Division)
Training in Association with the International College of Celebrancy (UK Division)
Celebrant training for Funeral, Weddings & Baby Naming Ceremonies - The original & most experienced Training College in the UK for Independent Celebrants, established by reputation, "We lead, others copy"

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Becoming a celebrant is a challenging, but exceptionally rewarding career.

This training course is designed for anyone who is interested in understanding about the role of a celebrant, the process of the funeral service, and in helping people in a very difficult time of need to personalise and design a beautiful and fitting end of life ceremony for their loved one.

Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy

Space for this increasingly popular training is limited to 12 delegates per course,
early booking is recommended

ONLY £800

Next training courses for Funeral Celebrants

Date Location Course Leader
Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th September 2015 Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire Lita Hallyburton
Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th November 2015 Glasgow, Scotland Lita Hallyburton
Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th November 2015 Worthing, West Sussex Terri Shanks
Wednesday 20th – Friday 22nd January 2016 Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire Lita Hallyburton
Wednesday 8th – Friday 11th March 2016 Salisbury Terri Shanks
Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th June 2016 Salisbury Terri Shanks
Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th April 2016 Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire Lita Hallyburton

The 3 DAY course will cover all aspects of Funeral Celebrancy, including:
Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy Helping families in Grief
Family Meetings
Service Planning
Music/Poetry/Reading Resources
Eulogy Writing
Presentation Skills
What to do on the day, and how to conduct a funeral.
The working of a crematorium.
How to market yourself to funeral directors and to the public.
Course fee £800 includes refreshment and buffet lunch.
The course fee does not include accommodation, but there are plenty of Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts close by.

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Satisfactory completion of this course will lead to membership of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants
(*membership is optional and currently costs £80 for lifetime membership)

All Students who complete this Course will be encouraged to continue their development as a Celebrant by studying for the DIPLOMA IN FUNERAL CELBRANCY, offered by "The International College of Celebrancy (UK Division)" We are the ONLY training body in the UK to offer this International recognised Diploma.
Course Leaders

Terri Shanks (Founder of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants)
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Terri became a celebrant after training with Carol Poole who was then the UK President of the Australian based 'International Federation of Celebrants'. Terri subsequently built up a very successful celebrancy business throughout both East and West Sussex, conducting Funerals, Weddings, Civil Partnership Blessings and Baby Naming Ceremonies. In May 2007 she travelled to Oklahoma, USA where she studied at the In-Sight Institute with Doug Manning, (an author of over 30 books, a world leading lecturer in the field of understanding bereavement & grief, and trainer of over 1300 Celebrants throughout America) Terri was also fortunate to attend the first ever International Convention of Independent Celebrants in Oklahoma, where she was invited to speak to Celebrants from throughout the USA, Canada and New Zealand.

Using her wealth of knowledge and experience, Terri set up her own Celebrant Training business in September 2007, the first celebrant training school in the UK to specialise in the training of INDEPENDENT Celebrants and quickly found that her services were sort after worldwide, she has not only trained Celebrants from all over the UK, but from South Africa, USA, Greece and Spain. She delighted to now be working alongside The International College of Celebrancy (Australia).

Terri was a Founder Member of the Association of Independent Celebrant and was honoured to serve as their President in 2009, she was delighted in 2010 to be appointed as their Honourary Life Vice-President in recognition of her commitment to the Association and her dedication and support to the education and development of Celebrants. Good Funeral Awards Logo
She has subsequently founded the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants as a support and networking association for many of the celebrants she has trained. The Fellowship not only serves to support its members, but also to actively promote them in their work and to educate both the general public and funeral professionals as to the work of Independent Celebrants. Most recently Terri Shanks was delighted to be a finalist in the Good Funeral Guides Awards for Funeral Celebrant of the year 2014. The Fellowship also proudly sponsors the charity to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
Lita Hallyburton – (Training & Development Manager for the North of England & Scotland)
Lita spent over 30 years working in the public and voluntary sectors; initially as a teacher; with a PGCE degree after achieving a BSc, and then as a safeguarding coordinator; with a CQSW degree, a Social Care Manager; with a Management Qualification, and during that time was a consultant and trainer; with a Training the Trainer Qualification.
She has many years of experience in training, running workshops and consultation and has developed a specialist training programme for safeguarding young people in Bradford and an online training program for agencies safeguarding young people which is being used Nationally by E-Academy, and alongside that a toolkit for practitioners which is also being used nationally.

She was a Social Care Student Practice Teacher for many years; with a Practice Teacher Qualification, and also gave occasional lectures in Universities in Bradford and Huddersfield over her time in Social Care.

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When she retired early from Social Care, she initially trained with Terri Shanks as a Funeral Celebrant, and a short while later returned to complete her Certificate in Marriage & Family Celebrancy . Since completing her own training Lita has really enjoyed the very challenging journey through practice to understand better how to give people the experience they both want and need at the important times of their lives. Lita is now a very successful and sought after Celebrant in the North of England, running her celebrancy business from Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire

Lita was one of the Founder Members of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and feels passionately about the organisation as she shared the ethics & values which they aspire to.

Due to Lita’s vast experience in training & education, plus her dedication to the Fellowship & families she serves, she was chosen by Terri Shanks to cover her training courses when she went on Maternity Leave in 2011. However due to the success of those courses and the wonderful feedback received from all attendees, Terri kept her on as a valued member of the Fellowship Training team and has now appointed her as Regional Training & Development Manager for the North of England & Scotland.

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For further information please contact

Terri Shanks

Telephone: 01903 602795 Mobile: 07964 285467

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