Crematorium technician

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What's it like?

You would make sure that cremations go smoothly so that bereaved families can say goodbye to their loved ones and mourn their loss.

You’d do the practical tasks involved in cremations. You’d meet the families and sensitively guide them through the arrangements.

You would:

  • Clean and prepare the chapel before the funeral
  • Make sure the cremation equipment works safely
  • Receive coffins and check identities
  • Meet mourners as they arrive and escort them into the chapel
  • Operate the cremation equipment
  • Store the remains and follow the family’s wishes regarding what to do with the ashes

You’d be responsible for keeping accurate records. You’d ensure that the crematorium operates according to the legislation and regulations.

You’d make sure all the areas in and around the crematorium are clean and well maintained. You’d also guide visitors to memorials in the crematorium grounds.

Working conditions

Hours

You will usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but services sometimes also take place on Saturdays.

Environment

You will spend most of your time indoors, but may also help with grounds maintenance or supervise cemetery workers, which will mean being out in all weather conditions.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Following instructions
  • Being tactful
  • Working on your own
  • Accuracy
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

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Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to get into this role but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5. Training is mainly on the job.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Administration
  • Religious and moral education
  • Care

Helpful to have

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) offers intermediate and advanced level Crematorium Technicians Training Scheme (SCQF level 5/6).