A crematorium technician carries out all the practical duties involved with cremation.
You could be:
- cleaning and preparing the chapel before the service
- receiving the coffin into the chapel
- meeting the funeral party, organising the music and escorting the mourners into the chapel
- if necessary, helping to carry the coffin
- after the service, checking that the cremator (furnace or oven) is working properly
- operating the cremator
- after the cremation, removing the ashes from the cremator and storing them appropriately
- carrying out other duties, such as keeping records and helping to maintain the grounds of the crematorium.
Salaries are usually on the scales of local government manual workers. Overtime might be available. The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
- where you work
- the size of the company or organisation you work for
- the demand for the job.
Starting salaries tend to be around £16,000 a year, rising to over £23,000 a year with experience.
- Shifts are usually between 8.00am and 6.00pm but you may have to work late, and weekends.
- You have to stand a lot and sometimes bend, lift and carry.
- You work mainly indoors but might have some gardening duties.
- You wear a dark, smart suit for chapel work, and protective overalls when working with the cremator.
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- Personal qualities are more important than educational qualifications.
- You must hold or be willing to undergo a course to obtain the Cremation Technicians Training Scheme (CTTS).
- It helps if you have experience of working with the public.
- Basic administrative and IT skills are useful.
- There are jobs both with the local authority and with private companies.
- You may need a driving licence for some posts.
Vacancies appear in newspapers and on the local government website: www.myjobscotland.gov.uk and Find a Job website.
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What Does it Take?
You should be:
- mature, tactful and discreet
- respectful towards different religious beliefs
- able to follow instructions
- aware of health, safety and hygiene requirements
- able to work on your own
- a good organiser
- able to communicate with a wide range of people.
- You would complete the Crematorium Technicians Training Scheme (CTTS) offered by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM).
- Training is mainly on the job.
- The ICCM also offer a diploma for cemetery or crematorium managers.
- If you have completed the Diploma run by ICCM, you could apply for crematorium manager jobs.
- There are good prospects, although you might have to move to other areas for promotion.
- You can also work in administration, starting as an office junior and rising to the level of registrar.
The following organisations may be able to provide further information.
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