Welcome to Fellowship of Independent Celebrants

Considering Becoming a Celebrant?

  • FOIC is an organisation that trains and certifies Celebrants to a very high standard in the industry.
  • FOIC in partnership with NOCN Level 3 ‘Certificate’ & ‘Diploma’ UK Qualifications
  • FOIC are passionate about ceremony and ritual (Celebrations, Weddings and Funerals)
  • FOIC provide Continual Learning Development with regular webinars and workshops.

You will be taught how to prepare and conduct ceremonies for all occasions.

  • You will learn how to manage your Celebrancy 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 are trained to a UK National Accreditation standard - not International, Australian or American!
  • You will be leaving with the skills required to be a Wedding and/or Funeral Celebrant.

CELEBRANT TRAINING with Fellowship of Independent Celebrants Ltd (FOIC)
Accredited Classroom Training in Banbury, London (Croydon) and Newport (WALES)

Welcome by David Abel (Founder and CEO)

Being a celebrant is a wonderful job.
Thanks to the detailed training and mentorship we very much hope you will love what you do as a Civil Celebrant too.

If I was in the market to choose a training provider for weddings and/or funerals it would be an essential requirement the course leaders were experienced celebrants themselves. FOIC has a proven track record in celebrant training.
We have video clips of celebrants testifying they were busy within weeks of completing their training.

FOIC are as transparent as possible. 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.
Talk to FOIC celebrants and then make an educated decision as to whether we are the best option for you.
No other training provider offers the same (or even close) as FOIC. That's a fact!

“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.
“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
“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

Can I become a Funeral 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
  • Pleasing personality
  • Good diction
  • Ability to prepare and follow a script
  • Confidence in leadership
  • Capable of talking to a group of people
  • Own transportation
  • Access to a computer, printer & phone

What does a celebrant do?

The way our celebrants conduct ceremonies is someone different, as we offer people exactly what they want in order to make their service unique. Over the years we have found that conducting ‘people-centred’ ceremonies and providing completely ‘tailored’ services means our celebrants and their services are always in demand.

Who are FOIC?

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.

Led by its founder David Abel, he is supported by fully qualified and experienced staff to ensure exacting national standards are met. We have grown from strength to strength. David Abel himself embodies everything that the organisation stands for having integrity, strong ethics and a passion for work and equal opportunities which all pave the way for continued success.

We hold a national creditation to an Ofqual awarding body, the National Open College Network (NOCN).