Becoming a Celebrant


There is a growing interest in Humanist ceremonies throughout Ireland.

Conducting Humanist ceremonies is a rewarding and demanding role. Humanist celebrants are very much the public face of and ambassadors for the Humanist Association of Ireland (HAI) and the philosophy of Humanism

It is a requirement that all applicants have a minimum of two consecutive years’ membership of HAI (provide the date that you became a HAI member) at the time of application and can provide evidence of active engagement in HAI activities and campaigns.

N.B. Having been a HAI member for two consecutive years, does not, in any way, guarantee either shortlisting for interview or acceptance for training as a celebrant.

Candidates must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly, have an empathetic nature, good judgement, excellent presentation and organisational skills, an ability to write clearly and concisely and be computer literate. An essential requirement is demonstrable knowledge of and a whole-hearted commitment to the philosophy of Humanism.
Your application should consist of:

  1. A covering letter outlining your suitability and reasons for wanting to be a Humanist celebrant.
  2. Details of your involvement with and contribution to the aims & objectives of the HAI to date.
  3. A copy of your CV.
  4. The names and contact details of three referees: two of whom should be HAI members (provide the date they became HAI members) of at least two years standing. Anyone serving on the HAI Board of Directors or the Ceremonies Management Committee cannot act as a referee. Canvassing any such person will invalidate the application
  5. A work/character reference.


In line with The Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020, which recommends prioritising under-represented areas, we especially welcome applications from people based in Connacht, Ulster (whether Republic of or Northern Ireland) and counties Meath, Longford & Louth

Applicants who successfully complete the training programme and are duly accredited as Humanist Celebrants will work on a self-employed basis and as part of a collegiate, under the auspices of the HAI.

The closing date for the next round of selection is October 31st 2017.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] in October 2017.

Applications received before 1st October or after 31st October will not be considered. Shortlisting for interview will take place in November and successful candidates will be called for interview in December 2017.