Crematorium Technician

Job Description:

Crematorium technicians make sure things run smoothly during a cremation.

Job Category:
Professional Services

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • clean and prepare the chapel before the service
  • make sure cremation equipment operates safely
  • receive coffins and carry out identification checks
  • meet mourners as they arrive and escort them into the chapel
  • make sure that legislation and regulations are followed
  • operate cremation equipment
  • accompany visitors to existing memorials
  • keep records


You’ll need:

  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a desire to help people
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Entry Requirements:

To become a crematorium technician, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a strong educational background in relevant areas can be beneficial. Crematorium technicians are responsible for operating and maintaining cremation equipment, ensuring that cremations are conducted with care and in accordance with regulations. Here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:

  1. Science: Courses in science, such as physics and chemistry, can provide a basic understanding of the principles behind cremation equipment, temperature control, and safety protocols.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements and calculations related to cremation processes and equipment.
  3. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software for record-keeping, data management, and equipment control can be valuable.
  4. English Language: Effective communication skills, including reading and understanding safety guidelines, procedures, and documentation, are crucial.
  5. Physical Education (PE): Crematorium work may involve lifting and handling, so physical fitness and stamina can be beneficial.
  6. Religious Studies or Ethics (optional): Understanding the cultural and religious aspects of cremation practices can be useful when dealing with families and conducting ceremonies

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly

Direct Application
You can apply directly for jobs.

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.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 41 to 43 hours a week, occasionally including weekends.

You could work at a cemetery.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move into crematorium management.