NOCN Level 3 Certificate and Diploma

Celebrant Training with Fellowship of Independent Celebrants Ltd (FOIC).

FOIC is a NOCN Accredited Training Centre offering accredited Level 3 Certificate and Diploma training.
UK Recognised qualification - NOT an American or Australian qualification.

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

Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in UK. Their role is to ensure all learners get the results they deserve, standards are maintained, and their qualifications are correctly valued and understood, now and in the future.

The NOCN qualification confirms occupational competence in the specific role of civil celebrants. Civil celebrants are usually self-employed, and the training provides the underpinning knowledge to enable them to set up their own business.


NOCN Certificate please select here         NOCN Diploma please select here

Introduction to the RQF Diploma/Certificate

What are RQF Diplomas/Certificates?

Firstly, you may only know the term QCF which stands for Qualification Credit Framework. This was replaced on the 1st October 2015 to Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The only thing the government has changed is the title. These are ‘competence-based’ qualifications which means you learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively.

They are based on nationally recognised occupational standards which clearly describe what is expected of people working in various occupations. The standards say what a competent person in a job could be expected to do, this means describing the outcomes of competent performance in the role, and the behaviours and the underpinning knowledge and understanding that are necessary for those outcomes to be produced. As you progress through the course, you compare your skills and knowledge with these standards as you learn, so you can see what you need to do to meet them.

A trainer/assessor will be provided to guide, support, advise and coach you through the qualification which will involve you providing evidence that you have the skills to meet the required standards.

There is no formal exam required for the RQF, your trainer/assessor will assess the work you produce and observe your skills as they develop (continual assessment), and signing off each unit once they feel you have achieved the required standard.

This programme could be appropriate if you already have skills and want to improve them, or if you are starting from scratch.

In what ways are these qualifications different from others?

Academic qualifications - GCSEs, A Levels, degrees and the like - show that those holding these qualifications possess certain knowledge and have particular qualities, such as a capacity for rational thought, and the ability to seek out, remember and use information effectively. Academic students are required to study a defined body of knowledge over an agreed period of time and they are often assessed by means of examination, essay or continuous assessment of specified pieces of work.

RQF Diplomas/Certificates on the other hand, focus on how you use your skills and apply your knowledge and available resources to achieve results. There are no examinations you simply have to provide evidence to prove that you are competent and that you consistently meet the criteria set out in the Standards.

What are the benefits?

Since these qualifications first became available some clear benefits have emerged for individuals:

• you can build on your strengths and focus training and development on the areas in which you need to improve, not waste time studying things you already know

• you can prepare for your qualification to fit in with any employment and personal commitments and adjust your plans in the light of your progress and the environment in which you work

• you can choose the way in which you learn to suit your own preferred learning style

• you receive a certificate recognising your competence in your chosen area.

How long does it take?

Your trainer/assessor will advise you on how long your qualification will take to complete. However should you for any reason you need additional time or a break in learning, such as ill health or a change in circumstances then discuss this with your trainer/assessor who will be able to advise you on the options available.

If you are unable to complete the entire qualification then you will be able to receive certification for any units that you have completed in their entirety.

You will be delighted to know FOIC training is delivered as required for assessment by NOCN in order to achieve this qualification. That makes it a lot simpler to put the evidence together to make up your portfolio. This qualification has been developed in a modular format.

In order to obtain “The Certificate in UK Celebrancy” you will have to complete both the funeral and celebration ceremonies elements. If you only want to do one or the other you will still receive certificates from NOCN for the units you have completed.

If you change your mind at a later date then you can complete the other units in order to achieve the Certificate. Again if there is any confusion we can talk about that and I will explain it further.

People Involved in Your Qualification

Trainer/Assessor This is the person who will be appointed to support, coach, mentor, advise and guide you throughout your journey. They will take you through each step of your learning, providing support and feedback to enable you to get the most out of your learning experience. Our trainers are fully qualified and are monitored and reviewed to ensure they are providing you with a high quality experience.

Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) This is the person who is appointed to make sure that your trainers/assessors are being consistent and fair, as well as meeting the awarding organisation standards. They sample your work, as well as that of other learners to ensure that this is the case and may observe your trainer/assessor working with you during your course. The IQA may also interview you, either face to face or by telephone, to ensure you are happy and that you feel the assessors and trainers are supporting and guiding you appropriately.

External Verifier (EV)

These people have been appointed and trained by the awarding organisations you have been registered with (eg NOCN). They visit the FOIC regularly to make sure that their codes of practice are being followed. They monitor learners’ evidence and internal quality assurance procedures, perhaps observe the training and assessment process and make sure that the policy of equality and diversity and open access is followed. They may ask to speak with you about experiences so far and get feedback from you on how the FOIC is performing.

NOCN Certificate please select here         NOCN Diploma please select here


Level 3 DIPLOMA in Funeral Celebrancy (RQF) - £1,900 + vat = £2,280

If you completed the Certificate course please deduct that fee from the diploma fee.

Level 3 DIPLOMA in Celebrancy: Naming & Couples (RQF) - £1,900 + vat = £2,280

If you completed the Certificate course please deduct that fee from the diploma fee.