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Crematorium technicians make sure things run smoothly during a cremation.
1. Entry requirements
Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths. You’ll usually receive training on the job.
It will also be useful if you have:
- experience of working with the public
- basic administrative experience
- basic IT skills
2. Skills required
- a tactful, sympathetic and respectful manner to deal sensitively with bereaved people
- communication skills
- the ability to work unsupervised
- attention to detail and the ability to work within set regulations
3. What you'll do
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
You’ll also make sure all areas in and around the crematorium are kept clean and well maintained.
Starter: £15,000 to £18,000
Experienced: £19,000 to £24,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but services also take place on Saturdays.
You’ll spend most of your time indoors. You may also help with grounds maintenance or supervise cemetery workers, which will mean being out in all weather conditions.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could move into crematorium management.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018