How to become a cemetery worker
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship for horticulture and landscape operatives.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply directly for a job as a cemetery worker, if you've got some of the skills needed for this role. For example, you must be able to deal sensitively with bereaved people.
You don't need any particular qualifications, although employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English.
Experience in landscaping, gardening, construction or use of a mechanical mini digger can be useful.
Once you're working, your employer will arrange for you to follow the Cemetery Operatives Training Scheme.
You can find more details about cemetery work from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.