Applications for Trainee Humanist Celebrants Are now **Closed**

We are now seeking applications for our celebrant training programme. We currently have sufficient celebrants in the Dublin area, so we are not accepting applications from Dublin-based applicants on this occasion. As our aim is to have a balanced geographic spread, we are particularly interested in applicants living in Donegal, Cavan, Carlow, Mayo, Longford, Laois, Westmeath, Offaly, Monaghan, Roscommon, Kildare, Meath, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary and Louth.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a member of the Humanist Association of Ireland at the time of application – you can join on our website here.
We welcome applications from members from diverse backgrounds and ages, including those with fluency in languages other than English.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place on our Celebrant Training programme, you will need to complete and return:

  1. The application form – Application form
  2. Your CV, which should be no more than 2 pages
  3. A short video of you delivering the opening part of a script that would be suitable for a Humanist naming and welcoming ceremony. This should be no more than 2 minutes long, and can be taken with a mobile phone. Please ensure your video is provided via a link on your application form (not an attachment) in a standard and easily accessible format – such as YouTube.

Video Guidelines

  • For the purposes of this exercise, your piece is short, no longer than 250 words.
  • It may be helpful to speak to some parents about why they might like a naming ceremony.
  • You should cover the following in your 250 words:
      1. Introduction and welcome to the ceremony
      2. Brief explanation of humanism
      3. Why have a baby naming ceremony
  • Dress as you would if you were delivering an actual naming ceremony.
  • Ensure lighting and audio are good, so that you can be properly seen and heard in the video you submit.
  • Think about your setting and background.
  • Please ensure your video is provided via a link on your application form (not an attachment) in a standard and easily accessible format – such as YouTube.

Please return your completed application to by 5.30 pm on 12 February, 2024. Late applications will not be considered.

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed, and if you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend for interview. Interviews will take place in Dublin in the week of 26th February. If successful, you will be offered a place on our Training Programme.

How much does it cost?

The training takes place over three phases, and the fee for the complete programme is €4,150. The fee includes residential training modules, a structured mentorship programme, and all training materials. Trainees must successfully complete all three phases of the training programme in order to be fully accredited as Humanist celebrants.

Training Programme Dates:

(Please note that the dates are firm, but subject to change if unforeseen circumstances arise for the HAI)

Phase 1: Core Celebrant Skills and Naming Ceremonies
Training module 24th-25th March 2024, Dublin (2 days, one overnight)
Review Day and Assessment 14th April, 2024 Dublin

Phase 2: Wedding Ceremonies and Marriage Solemnisation
Training module 7th – 8th July, 2024 , Dublin (2 days, one overnight)
Rehearsal Day 22nd September, 2024, Dublin
Review Day and Assessment 29th September, 2024 Dublin

Phase 3: Funerals and Memorial Ceremonies
Training module 10th – 11th November, 2024 , Dublin (one overnight)
Review Day and Assessment at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin , 8th December, 2024


What does the mentorship programme involve?

You will be assigned an experienced Humanist celebrant who will work with you as you attend and observe ceremonies, keep a learning log, and create ceremonies and scripts. You will need to be available to attend ceremonies and undertake the required exercises during the mentorship period. This will involve travel to attend ceremonies, and in the case of funerals, this will be at short notice.

GDPR and Privacy:

We will not use your personal information for any other purpose than processing your application to be considered for a trainee place on our Celebrant Training programme. We will not retain applications from those applicants who do not progress to training. You will find full details of our Privacy Policy on our website here.

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