I am very particular about my trainers; they have been hand-picked and undergo a series of tests before they can train students, and they must have years of experience as a celebrant prior to being able to train. They come from a broad background and have a high level of skill in training. I am thrilled to introduce my trainers to you:


Sarah Aird - delivers CHC41015 Cert IV in Celebrancy and OPD

Sarah Aird - delivers CHC41015 Cert IV in Celebrancy and OPD
  • Cert IV in Celebrancy CHC41015, Academy of Celebrancy and Qualtrain
  • Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40110, Victoria Polytechnic
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Grad Cert in Arts & Entertainment Management, Deakin University
  • Marriage celebrant, funeral celebrant, celebrant trainer
  • Co-director, Celebrant Institute
  • Co-host, The Celebrant Talk Show
  • Member, Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants, Funeral Celebrants Association of Australia
  • Board Secretary and Member, Association of Independent Funeral Professions

I knew I wanted to be a celebrant trainer from the time I did my own initial training (which, to be honest, was underwhelming). I have one of those sponge-like brains that soaks up information, and consequently the legalities of my marriage celebrant role come easily to me. I’ve been sharing my knowledge with my celebrant networks since conducting my first wedding (several of my networking groups call me The Oracle), and I love that I have the opportunity to share it with the wider celebrant population.

Life Skills Training

I’m thrilled to be the CEO of Life Skills Training, offering both the Cert IV in Celebrancy for aspiring celebrants and Ongoing Professional Development for registered celebrants. I'm training OPD sessions around the country in 2020, as well as working on updating and improving the Cert IV in Celebrancy and rolling it out around Australia. 

Celebrant Institute

My partnership with Queensland celebrant Josh Withers is the Celebrant Institute, a place where celebrants can ask literally any question of us about running a sustainable celebrant business. Between the two of us we know most of the answers; I cover off the legal and process sides, while Josh is a marketing and technology whiz. You can also find our free podcast, The Celebrant Talk Show, on the Institute website. Head over there and join us now!

Sarah Aird’s OPD sessions are always very informative and enjoyable. She has a natural ability to relay legislative requirements and updates in a manner that makes them easy to understand. Sarah is also able to relate her own experiences to help other celebrants, and is extremely generous with her knowledge to provide support and guidance. I always look forward to her OPD sessions, and I can not recommend Sarah enough to existing celebrants, and those considering training to become a celebrant. Kate Nichols, Celebrant

Julie Byrne - delivers OPD

Julie Byrne - delivers OPD
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Arts) University of Melbourne
  • Masters in Education (Literacy) Monash University
  • First Aid Trained

I have been a registered marriage celebrant for 11 years with over 700 weddings conducted.

My career started as a drama and English teaching in the late 1990s and I have now clocked up 23 years of secondary teaching experience. Roles included leading teaching running the Arts Department, Literacy Intervention Coordinator, and Careers and VET manager for the last five years. For a change, I have now entered the adult education sector, casual teaching at Swinburne TAFE.

jMy background in teaching is fundamental in providing quality training to celebrants; I get that we are all at different levels, abilities and stages of our vocation and I can adapt OPD sesions to suit all and ensure that your 5 hours is of great benefit to you and your business.

About 10% of my couples are students I taught over the years, so I certainly do make a lasting impression and love to develop quality relationships! Teaching and training is a passion of mine.

Personally, I have 5 teenagers at home from the ages of 13-18 (who get along REALLY well!), a wonderful partner Jason, and my personal assistant Lexi (spoodle); she greets all my couples in my home office and stays for as many pats as possible. So, life is busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Ann Dally - delivers OPD

Ann Dally
  • CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608
  • Trainer of non-accredited courses only 
  • Statement of Attainment Funeral Celebrancy
  • Justice of the Peace

Celebrant since 2004

Celebrant Trainer since 2010

Former President, Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc.

Creative Writer

Ann became registered as a Civil Marriage Celebrant in June 2004.'

Prior to becoming a celebrant Ann was managing an Asia Pacific Training Environment for two years, acting as Administration Manager servicing over 200 clients and had her own team of experienced administrators.

Ann spent twelve years as Advertising and Marketing Manager for a well known Australia-wide publication and is also a trained sub-editor which she says has been invaluable in her role as a celebrant and a trainer. She also enjoys writing poetry. Her background has proven to be hugely beneficial to her celebrancy work.

Ann loves her role as a Marriage Celebrant. She enjoys the privilege of training and mentoring other celebrants.

Very much a people person, Ann is always striving to create a difference in the lives of people she trains and mentors. Her OPD classes are well attended and her feedback is always of an exceptionally high standard.

Gary Mooney - delivers OPD

Gary Mooney - delivers OPD
  • Marriage celebrant with 12 years' experience
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment TAE40116
  • Justice of the Peace.

40 years' airline experience as Cabin Crew and also in Training and Assessment

I really enjoy my exercise, training and being active. I do weekly boxing classes, swimming squads and weight sessions. I have been a keen surfer since the age of 7.

I like “hanging out” with my wife of 27 years and socialising with friends and family. Being a celebrant is a passion for me and I have always kept it professional and fun.

I have conducted over 1100 wedding ceremonies and I love passing on my experience to others.

Ingrid Reiger - delivers OPD

  • CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015
  • Trainer/Assessor of Cert IV in Celebrancy CHC41015 and Ongoing Professional Development

With a background in administration work and a passion for people, celebrancy was a natural progression for me.

Married myself since 2004 and running three successful businesses with my family, I became a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant in 2010 after raising two babies in order to follow my genuine interest in people and their stories as I re-entered the workforce in some capacity.

My journey to becoming a trainer has also included working in administration and as a Funeral Director's Assistant with Perth’s leading funeral director, Bowra & O’Dea.

Funeral celebrant work followed with over 350 funerals officiated, as has a counselling diploma and volunteering for Lifeline WA.

Serving others is a true vocation. Celebrancy is a calling for me. I enjoy it and feel I achieve a good work / life balance with this as my vocation.

I bring to my training role with Life Skills Training that genuine care for becoming a great celebrant, which hopefully all students shall become!

My family are my life (Brett my husband, Bonnie and Ned my children and Belly my miniature Bull Terrier); and I love netball, bushwalks and vintage wares!!

Charyl Walsh - delivers OPD

Charyl Walsh - delivers OPD
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
  • Cert IV in Celebrancy CHC42608
  • (delivers OPD)Funeral Training with International College of Celebrancy
  • Trainer/Assessor of Certificate IV in Celebrancy CHC41015 and Ongoing Professional Development
  • Justice of the Peace

On my wedding day in 1980, which was officiated by a celebrant, I realised that on a personal and professional level, my life would change forever. Our day was one to remember, all made that extra bit special by the celebrant we had chosen to perform our ceremony. I realised then that becoming a celebrant was something I was meant to do. 

My passion and desire to make a difference in people’s lives drives me and my meticulous attention to detail is what sets me apart from others. Personalising the celebration, whether it be a wedding, reaffirmation, commitment ceremony or naming is a part of my role as a celebrant that I particularly enjoy and find very fulfilling. Whether creating a memorable experience or an atmosphere where you can also have fun, I can also be a calming hand where needed. When being part of a celebration of life ceremony, I gain great satisfaction in helping families through their hardest days, organising and performing a funeral service, ensuring that the end result is a ceremony that respects and reflects the life of their family member. 

Having come from a previous sales and training background, my exceptional people and organisational skills come into play, therefore becoming a celebrant was a natural choice for me. Staying focused and listening to my client’s needs in a sometimes challenging and emotional environment is also one of my strengths. All the above has enabled me to naturally progress into training students in the Cert IV of Celebrancy and Ongoing Professional Development. Working with the students in Cert IV means I can “give back” by sharing the knowledge and experience I have gained over the last 25 years, which is very satisfying.

Ross Wellings - delivers OPD

Ross Wellings
  • CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608
  • Statement of Attainment Funeral Celebrancy
  • Critical Issues for Educators: Violence, Grief, Suicide, Abuse, Neglect - University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts Sydney University
  • Dip Teaching Sydney Teachers College
  • Certificate III Natural Areas Management - well, this sums up 45 years of bushland regeneration

After a satisfying and successful 40 year career in secondary education from which I retired as a Deputy Principal at the end of 2004, I began conducting funerals in 2005 and became an Authorised Marriage Celebrant in 2006, and have found that working as a marriage celebrant fills me with joy. One of my strengths is the special connection I have with people, both young and old. 

My life has a happy balance with a busy family life, several volunteer community roles, casual work in schools, and bush regeneration. Involvement in intercultural experiences and working with people from the wide spectrum of society over many years in schools and communities has broadened my awareness of, and understanding of, different cultures and our very diverse communities. I am also a professionally trained artist. 

Membership of Australian Marriage Celebrants (AMC) and the Funeral Celebrants Association Australia (FCAA) and volunteer leadership roles within each have strengthened my celebrant skills and knowledge. Extensive experience as a skilled presenter and many years of teaching bring a high level of professionalism to my training. 

I am anticipating the pleasure of further rewarding work with you, future celebrants, through Life Skills Training. 

Nicola Wilson - delivers OPD

Nicola Wilson - delivers OPD
  • Cert IV in Celebrancy
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • BA Hons in English Language and Literature
  • Chartered Accountant

A lover of words and numbers, I started my career as a Chartered Accountant in 1997. While continuing my profession in finance I also developed a passion for education. I’ve taught English in Japan and been involved with the Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting since 2014. I became a celebrant in 2012 and began training OPD in 2019.

My hobbies involve writing and performing arts, and being a celebrant lets me use these skills to create personal ceremonies that reflect my clients’ personalities and relationship. It’s a pleasure to work with couples through an important and happy time of their lives and help to deliver the perfect day.

As a trainer to celebrants I enjoy sharing our experiences and finding ways to overcome obstacles. I also love digging into the law and ensuring we are all equipped to be the best celebrants we can be! It’s the perfect role for a creative nerd.