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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.
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.
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UPDATE OCTOBER 2019
Funeral Training Course
We are no longer accepting applications for our funeral training course in November 2019. Thank you for your interest, and please see below for further information.
The Caledonian Humanist Association (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.
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 the first training course is for funeral and naming ceremonies.
Only once you have successfully completed this will you be eligible to apply for our wedding training.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details.
If we are in a recruitment phase, we will then forward you a detailed description of the role of Humanist Celebrant and our application form, otherwise we will keep your details on file.
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 January:
Combined Funeral and Naming Ceremony training is £1500.
The funeral training includes one nights’ accommodation and meals, three days’ intensive training and an assessment period which can take up to three months.
Naming Training includes two days’ training approximately 2-3 weeks apart with lunch on both days.
Wedding Training is £2000 and follows the same format as namings.
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.
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.
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.