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 advanced apprenticeship.
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 your employer's help.
Work experience in a funeral service, mortuary or funeral home could help you to find a trainee position.
You'll usually need to complete a training course approved by the British Institute of Embalmers.
You can take a course online or in the classroom. Courses 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 may be helpful.
You may have an advantage if you know about different faiths and cultures and the way they deal with death.