Choosing a Caledonian Humanist Association wedding gives you the freedom to put your personal stamp on one of the best days of your life.

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Our Celebrants are there to guide you through the entire process. This personal approach ensures that your loved one will be given the warm, sincere and above all uplifting ceremony that they deserve.

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Naming Ceremonies

Welcome to the world wee one! For families with no religious beliefs but who still want to formally welcome a new arrival, a Humanist naming ceremony provides the perfect alternative.

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What is Humanism?

Who we are and what we do

Many of us share humanist beliefs without knowing it. Humanism is the outcome of a long tradition of free thought that has inspired many of the world's great thinkers and creative artists and gave rise to science itself. It is an ethical worldview, not just an atheistic or agnostic one.


Humanists believe:

  • that we can live good lives without reference to religious beliefs.
  • that we should try to live happy and fulfilled lives and help others to do so.
  • that there are more things that unite humanity than divide us.

However, definitions abound and there are longer and shorter versions. The fullest definition is contained in the 2002 Amsterdam Declaration of the International humanist and Ethical Union. If you want to read it for yourself, click here

"We think the old Scots (and Northern English) saying 'We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns' is a pretty good summary!"

One of the basic principles of Humanism is to make the most of the one life we have. In a practical sense we feel that this philosophy is best served by being there when you need us. To this end, the CHA provides a group of Celebrants who are highly trained, regulated and insured. Each will work closely with you to create a ceremony that is warm, inclusive and above all, deeply personal to those involved. 

Caring is sharing

The day to day administration costs of the Association are funded entirely by its Celebrants. Our aim is to keep these costs to an absolute minimum and any surplus funds are donated to good causes. Therefore by choosing a CHA Celebrant, you are not only assured of a ceremony that is right for you, but also have the satisfaction of knowing that your ceremony will benefit those in need.

See our Facebook Page for more details of the good causes that have benefited.


Our Celebrants

Becoming a Celebrant


While we are happy to receive enquiries regarding becoming a Celebrant with the CHA at any time throughout the year, please note that as we are currently running a training course for new Funeral Celebrants we are not in a position to accept any applications at this time.

Any enquiries received will be held on file and considered for the next available training course when there are suitable numbers.

We do intend to run a recruitment and selection process later in the year.

When we are ready to do this, we will contact those who have been in touch with information on how to apply.


The CHA is always looking for Humanists with the right combination of skills and personal qualities to join our team of Celebrants. We are happy to accept applications throughout the year, but cannot confirm the dates of interviews and training courses until we have sufficient numbers of quality applicants.

We regard our team of Celebrants as among the very best in Scotland.

Celebrants from other organisations are very welcome to apply. However, to ensure that our particular standards and ethos remain consistent across the board you will need to undergo the CHA’s training courses. Only in very exceptional circumstances will this requirement be waived. Any enquiries will of course be treated with the utmost confidence.

Please note that we only recruit Funeral Celebrants. If you successfully complete the funeral training you will be offered a chance to undertake our training for Naming Ceremonies. When you are qualified and gain experience in conducting both types of ceremony, you will be eligible to apply for our Wedding Training Course.

We do not accept applications from those who are only looking to conduct wedding ceremonies.


How do I apply?

To get things started, email us at recruitment@cha.scot with your contact details. We will then forward you a detailed description of the role of Humanist Celebrant and our application form.


What happens next?

Our training team will assess the applications. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview in South Lanarkshire. There will also be a practical assessment of your writing skills on the day. If successful, you will be offered a place on one of our training courses.


What format does the training take and how much does it cost?

As of March 2017:

Funeral training is £750 which includes one nights’ accommodation and meals, three days’ intensive training and a mentoring period of up to 3 months (approximately). How long you are in mentoring before you are assessed and registered to conduct ceremonies depends on you and your availability; it can be anything from a few weeks to a few months.

Naming Training is £500 which includes two days’ training approximately 2-3 weeks apart with lunch on both days.

Wedding Training is £1,250 which includes a mentoring period, one days’ training in theory and practice followed approximately two weeks later by one practical day with lunch on both days.

Attendance on all days of each training course is mandatory, as is the overnight stay during the Funeral Training.

We usually invoice the fee prior to the training. However, we are always happy to discuss financial arrangements.

You will be formally assessed on both technical and practical skills during each course and during your mentoring phase.

The CHA is not an employer; applicants who are successful at all stages and who go on to complete their training will carry out their celebrancy work on a self-employed basis.


Additional information

The CHA is an enrolled organisation through Volunteer Scotland for Disclosure Checks as this post is considered Regulated Work with Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with protected adults.

Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Adults. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to being confirmed as a Humanist Celebrant with the CHA.