You do not need any particular formal qualifications to apply directly for jobs, although some employers may want to see a GCSE at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English.
You will need to be able to deal sensitively with bereaved people and be prepared to take part in training once you start work. It can be useful if you have:
- experience of working with the public
- basic administrative experience
- basic IT skills
Once you are working in a crematorium, you will receive on-the-job training. Your employer will arrange for you to follow the Crematorium Technicians' Training Scheme.
The course, which is run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), has 2 levels:
- Intermediate Certificate for ICCM Technical Operations
- Advanced Certificate for ICCM Technical Operations