How to become an embalmer
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by a professional body
You could do training to become an embalmer with your employer's help, if you're already working in the funeral industry.
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.
Courses can be studied in the classroom or by distance learning and last between 2 and 3 years. Practical sessions will take place 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.