How to become an embalmer
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by a professional body
You could do a Mortuary Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
This can take up to 2 years to complete.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
If you're already working in the funeral industry, you could train to become an embalmer with support from your employer.
You might find it useful to have work experience in a funeral service, mortuary or funeral home when applying for trainee roles.
You'll usually need to complete an online or classroom based training course approved by the British Institute of Embalmers. You can take
Courses can take between 2 and 3 years to complete. You'll have practical sessions in an embalming theatre.
There are no set entry qualifications but GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths, chemistry or biology might be helpful.
When applying, you might have an advantage if you know about different faiths and cultures and the way they deal with death.