Crematorium technicians work in crematoria and at cemeteries, and have a variety of responsibilities at each cremation.
Before a service they clean and prepare the chapel and ensure the cremation equipment is operating safely. They meet the funeral cortege and escort the mourners into and out of the chapel. They also deal with any enquiries.
Once the funeral service is over, the crematorium technician is responsible for the cremation process. They also attend to the storage and disposal of the cremated remains.
Other aspects of the job include record keeping and administrative duties: accompanying visitors to existing memorials; assisting with grounds maintenance; and sometimes supervising cemetery workers.
Hours are mainly 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but some services also take place at weekends. Crematorium technicians spend most of their time indoors, with long periods spent standing up, although some outdoor work may also be required.
As a crematorium technician you will need:
Crematoria and cemeteries in Britain are operated by local authorities and private companies. The number of people employed in cemeteries is greater than at crematoria.
Experienced staff can progress into crematorium/cemetery management.
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The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)