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A Career in the Registration Service


As a Registrar, the work is extremely varied. Every day you can expect to share in the excitement of a new baby, leading new parents through the birth registration process, and then also offer professional support to the recently bereaved as you empathetically guide them through the process of registering the death of a loved one.

You will have a chance to get creative as you offer advice and guidance to happy couples planning their marriage ceremony which may be as traditional or ‘leftfield’ as they like. You will provide similar support to those planning Baby Naming and Renewal of Vows ceremonies.
You will then later officiate these ceremonies in the location or venue of the client’s choosing. You may find yourself marrying a couple in a small, intimate gathering in one of our marriage rooms, or with an audience of 200 in a grand castle or hotel! As we have the freedom to hold ceremonies anywhere, you may just as easily find yourself at the top of Bennachie, on a beach or in a forest. You will do everything possible to make the wishes of the clients come true on their special day.

In addition to all of that excitement, you will also have the unique honour of officiating citizenship ceremonies, officially welcoming new British citizens to Aberdeenshire and presenting them with their certificate of naturalisation.

registrar-1What qualifications and experience do you need?

To become part of the Registration team you must have academic achievement to Scottish National Level 4 or 5, Standard Grade or equivalent. You must be computer literate, with working experience in Microsoft.

In addition, you must have a mature and responsible attitude and be able to demonstrate excellent organisational, interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills. You should have experience of working to tight and often conflicting deadlines and secure positive outcomes
You must be an efficient and accurate administrator, be well organised and have the ability to be discreet and maintain appropriate confidentiality at all times.

Professional support and development is a key priority for the Registration service that continues long beyond your initial training period. Revision of registration procedure and legislation is an ongoing requirement throughout your career.

Your training will initially consist of experiential ‘on the job’ learning aided by a two-part distance learning package issued by the National Records of Scotland (our governing body). After approximately 6-8 months, you should be able to demonstrate such competence in the role that you will graduate from ‘Trainee’ to ‘Assistant Registrar’.
Later, you will be required to successfully study toward achievement of a professional accreditation: the Certificate of Proficiency in the Law and Practice of Registration.

Future Career Opportunities

Within our Registration Service, there are two job posts, Registrar and Assistant Registrar, however anyone new starting will begin as a trainee We will encourage your professional development, supporting you in every way and helping you realise your potential.

For more information contact:

David Nicholson – Team Leader (Registration)
Legal and Governance
Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
AB16 5GB