Local Registration Services Association





Jobs

Becoming a Registrar

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need a good general standard of education (GCSE A* to C) and excellent customer service, public speaking and IT skills.

You might get this type of experience working at managerial level in a registrar’s department, local council or private sector company.

You could start as a deputy registrar and with experience and on-the-job training, progress to a registrar position.

You may also be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Each local authority sets its own entry requirements - check with them for details.

Doctors, midwives, ministers of religion, funeral directors and anyone working in the life assurance industry are not allowed to become registrars.

You’ll need:
•    the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds and cultures
•    tact, patience and empathy, for dealing with people who may be distressed
•    the ability to understand and apply rules and laws
•    clear and accurate handwriting
•    the ability to work under pressure
•    administrative skills

Your day-to-day duties might include:
•    interviewing parents and relatives after a birth or death
•    completing computerised and paper records
•    issuing birth or death certificates
•    informing the coroner if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding a death
•    collecting statistics to send to the General Register Office
•    taking payment for copies of certificates
•    keeping accurate records
•    performing civil ceremonies

It is recommended that you contact your local authority who will be able to advise of any possible training or jobs that are available.