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Crematorium technician

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Crematorium technicians make sure things run smoothly during a cremation.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become Crematorium technician

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct Application

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You do not need any particular qualifications, although it may help to have GCSE at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English.

You'll need to be able to deal sensitively with bereaved people.

It can also be useful if you have experience of working with the public and basic IT skills.

Once you're working in a crematorium, your employer will arrange for you to follow the Crematorium Technicians Training Scheme.

More Information

Further information

You can find more on crematorium work and training through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • a desire to help people
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • clean and prepare the chapel before the service
  • make sure cremation equipment operates safely
  • receive coffins and carry out identification checks
  • meet mourners as they arrive and escort them into the chapel
  • make sure that legislation and regulations are followed
  • operate cremation equipment
  • accompany visitors to existing memorials
  • keep records

Working environment

You could work at a cemetery.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into crematorium management.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

NCFE L1 Cert Customer Service

  • Provider: YORK COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: York

Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service

  • Start date: 30 July 2024
  • Location: Durham

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