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Faculty Certificate in Civil Ceremonies

Course code: 2161 ~ Course abbreviation: FacCertCivCer ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time (on-campus only), 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Clayton)

Multimode (Caulfield)

Course description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the training required to practise as a civil celebrant in Australia. It provides a point of entry to the Graduate Diploma in Civil Ceremonies for people who are motivated and have advanced their education through a route other than university study. The course focuses on cultural variation and sensitivities in the conduct of public ceremonies associated with lifecycle events.

Course Objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. Advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. Developed sound analytical skills; 7. Developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Students complete 24 points including one core unit, and one elective chosen from the list below.

Course requirements

Core unit

  • CVL4010 Rites of passage: culture and celebrating life cycle events (semester one only)


  • CVL4020 Life cycle events: literature, music and life stories
  • CVL4030 Celebrant and client: legal, ethical and personal issues

As each unit in the Faculty Certificate in Civil Ceremonies has an assessment component in performance and presentation skills, all students must present a video tape or DVD of the activity to be assessed.


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Course coordinator

Judy McNicoll