How to become a funeral director
You can get into this job by doing an apprenticeship or working your way up.
You can start by taking a funeral team member intermediate apprenticeship.
Once you have one year of experience, you can do a funeral director advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could get a job at a funeral home, supporting funeral directors. You would then get experience as you learn on the job.
To do this, you usually need:
- customer service experience
- to use a computer well
- administration skills
Qualifications while you work
While you work, you could take a diploma in funeral arranging and administration or a certificate in funeral service.
As you take on more responsibilities, you could do the diploma in funeral directing or the diploma in funeral service.