Local Registration Services Association


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.

Senior Registrar - G8

Harrow Council

Salary: £31,240 - £32,969 (pro rata)

Location: Harrow

Hours per week: 36

Contract: Permanent/full-time or part-time

Closing date: 22 September 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Registrar within Harrow Registration Services, working together to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the service.

For further information please visit Harrow Council's website.





Team Leader - Technical Standards HCC12973

Hampshire County Council 

Salary Range: £25,833 to £28,791 per annum plus stand-by payment for Weekend cover

Work Location: Based at Basingstoke Register Office, predominantly covering the North region (Basingstoke, Aldershot, Alton and Andover)

Hours per week:

Contract Type:

Interview Date:
26 September 2019 to be held in Winchester Register Office

Closing Date:
15 September 2019 

For further information please visit the Hampshire County Council website 






Deputy Registration Service Manager/Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages

London Borough of Sutton 

Grade 8 - £33,291 - £40,728  (£42,684 achievable through performance-related progression)

Full-time, 36 hours per week 

Based at Russettings, Sutton Register Office, 25 Worcester Road, Sutton, SM2 6PR 

About us

Russettings is the location of Sutton’s Registration Service. Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. 

An opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and experienced manager to take up the role of Deputy Registration Service  Manager/Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages to work alongside the Registration Service Manager/ Superintendent Registrar.

About the role

This is a statutory Registration/management role and the successful candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and have experience of Registration law and practice
  • A proven track record of meeting targets ie key performance indicators
  • Can lead on training for all aspects of service delivery and for the continuous improvement of an efficient business unit with a high public profile
  • Develop and maintain partnership working with all appropriate external organisations
  • Demonstrate strong clear leadership and the ability to work under pressure and demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • Maximise the use of the Russettings facilities for meetings and events which includes increasing all ceremony types on offer, promoting key events and developing potential business opportunities
  • Manage staffing rotas ensuring all events and weekend/ Bank holiday working plus on call cover is in place

About you

We’re looking for someone with a proven track record working in Registration management, along with strong interpersonal and communication skills. You’ll also have experience of Civil Registration law and practice, and be highly motivated with the ability to translate ideas into well-organised plans.

You will ensure the positive promotion of the services offered while gathering feedback to ensure consistent delivery of a high quality service and high customer satisfaction.

Our offer

We can offer you a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged here in Sutton, and you'll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

We offer a variety of staff benefits including: 

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities.
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Interest free season ticket loans, Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Local Government Pension Scheme


Please apply online at www.sutton.gov.uk. Please ensure you refer to the role profile when completing your application.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further, please contact 

Jean Bywaters jean.bywaters@sutton.gov.uk - or Annette Madden annette.madden@sutton.gov.uk

Closing date for applications - 16/09/2019 

Interview date(s) -  25/09/2019