Welcome to Fellowship of Independent Celebrants

Welcome to FOIC


Celebrant Training That Really Works!

FOIC provide Civil Celebrant Training to discerning people in a warm, friendly and professional environment while helping them feel supported and equip them to officiate celebration ceremonies and make a difference to bereaved families at their time of need.

FOIC - Unlocking Your Potential to Create Memorable Celebrations!

Home Study Courses

FOIC celebrants are trained to understand modern wedding trends in order to attract couples, and our up-to-date training (with regard to the funeral business) includes cremation by fire, cremation by water, burial, internment & scattering of ashes and memorial services.

FOIC offer Home Study training to become an Independent Celebrant.

We provide a mixture of video tutorials, practical work, assessments, and training that upon successful completion, will give you the FOIC Diploma in Funeral or Wedding Celebrancy

* You will be taught how to prepare and conduct ceremonies for all occasions
* You will learn how to manage your Funeral and/or Wedding Celebrant business.
* To stand out from the crowd you will be shown how to promote and market your services.
* You will learn the skills required to be a Funeral and Wedding Celebrant.
* You will be leaving with the skills required to be a Wedding and/or Funeral Celebrant.
* Study for the FOIC Diploma.

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  • FOIC is an organisation that trains Celebrants to a very high standard in the industry.
  • FOIC are passionate about ceremony and ritual (Celebrations, Weddings and Funerals)
  • FOIC provide Continual Learning Development with regular webinars and workshops
  • FOIC regularly arrange 'Regional Meetings' - mini training sessions + speakers (guests welcome by invitation)
  • NO OTHER TRAINING PROVIDER Offers The Same (or even close) as FOIC.
    That's a Fact!

If you have booked for a course and find you are unable to make that date, then you will be offered another date to suit you.
If you become unwell and need to cancel we will offer a refund minus an admin fee.
If you have attended all or part of the training course and decide celebrancy isn’t for you then there can be no refund.


You can commence as a Civil Celebrant immediately following this training


FOIC are Totally Transparent. A proven record of 'walking the walk'
We regularly arrange regional meetings and continual development workshops. Does any other celebrant training organisation offer this?

FOIC provide ongoing mentoring, again free of charge.
FOIC are at the cutting edge of the celebrant industry.

Come and MEET Celebrants at our next National Meeting. 
Take a Look - Be Our Guest!
Check the link above for details of our next meeting/s

Our meetings are always interesting, varied and informative.

You will have the opportunity to talk to FOIC celebrants and then make an educated decision as to whether FOIC is the best training provider option for you.


“The energy and enthusiasm from all who are involved in FOIC is incredible;  David is the catalyst and one just can't help but be inspired by his energy and commitment to what he does.”   Karen Spencer
“Dear David, I led my first baby funeral service yesterday. Your training meant that I was able to go to the family meeting feel calmer and was in a position to offer proper and full support. Leading the service was the single most rewarding thing I've done in my life. Thanks for your steady hand, wisdom and advice during our training session. Little xxxxx passed away aged just one day but he got the loving service he deserved and that his parents deeply needed. Best wishes and thanks again.”   Kathryn S.
“Just wanted to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to yourself and Amanda. I thought the training was very thorough and the passion and compassion you both have for the work you do really shines through… It is also infectious!”  Helen Pollitside

What is a Celebrant? - Celebrant Lizzie Barka's response...

If someone asks "What do you do?"
Tell them you inspire/support/love/cherish/create/bring joy and comfort to people's lives by exploring ritual and ceremony - that's what 'BEING A CELEBRANT' is.


Can I become a FOIC Independent Civil Celebrant?

There are no legal requirements to becoming a celebrant, but in our experience we find that if you have the following, you will be a popular celebrant … anywhere in the world!

  • Smart appearance. Dress correctly appearing professional at all times
  • Good interaction skills with people. People ‘buy from people’
  • Sensitive to everyone - regardless of their culture, faith, belief or religion
  • Ability to understand English and write & speak using correct grammar
  • Computer skills – email, Google and Word Processing
  • Clear diction. A good speaking voice. Confident when speaking to groups of people
  • Pleasing personality
  • Confidence in leadership
  • Ability to prepare and follow a script
  • Own transportation
  • Access to a computer, printer & phone

The FOIC is privately owned company with its head office in Oxfordshire committed to the development, growth and training in celebrancy to the highest standards.

Just want to say how excellent the Banbury training was. It far exceeded my expectations and has left me feeling very excited about the future. I want to put my new found skills into practice as soon as possible and cant wait. Steve G (Funeral Director)

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