Crematorium technician

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Crematorium technicians make sure things run smoothly during a cremation.

Salary range: £15,000 to £24,000

How to become a crematorium technician

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. You do not need any particular qualifications, although some employers may want to see a GCSE at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English.

You’ll need to be able to deal sensitively with bereaved people. It can also be useful if you have experience of working with the public and basic IT skills.

Once you’re working in a crematorium, your employer will arrange for you to follow the Crematorium Technicians Training Scheme.

More information

Further information

You can find more on crematorium work and training through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • cleaning and preparing the chapel before the service
  • making sure cremation equipment is operating safely
  • receiving coffins and carrying out identification checks
  • meeting mourners as they arrive and escorting them into the chapel
  • making sure that legislation and regulations are followed
  • operating cremation equipment
  • making sure cremated remains are identified, stored and disposed of appropriately
  • accompanying visitors to existing memorials
  • keeping records

Working environment

You could work at a cemetery.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into crematorium management.

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