Commissioner's Information Bulletin 605

Funeral Services - Traineeships

Retail and Wholesale

Date of effect: 20 December 2013

The SIF Funeral Services Training Package has been endorsed under Standards for Training Packages by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).

In this Commissioner's Information Bulletin five Vocational Training Orders are varied to update six qualifications from the latest version of the SIFv2 Funeral Services Training Package.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin supersedes Bulletin 477.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition arrangements

Industrial arrangements

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

Competency based completion

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioners Information Bulletin, please contact the Apprenticeships and Traineeships Unit on telephone (02) 8267 7704.

Approved by Phillip Moore
Commissioner for Vocational Training.


Job descriptions

All jobs in the funeral industry require knowledge and application of funeral services industry protocols when dealing with the bereaved.

Certificate III in Cemetery and Crematorium Operations - Jobs are undertaken in a cemetery or crematorium.

Jobs provide sales and customer services and the scheduling of burial or cremation operations. Some jobs are in cemeteries coordinating staff in the preparation and reinstatement of burial sites, associated burial works and performing cremations. Tasks may include coordinating the collection or memorialisation of cremated remains and memorialising cremated remains.

Certificate IV in Embalming - Jobs are undertaken in a mortuary.

Jobs involve determining embalming requirements, determining body preparation requirements, cleansing and disinfecting deceased bodies, dressing bodies and applying cosmetics, following infection and contamination control procedures and coordinating and supervising mortuary operations.

Certificate II in Funeral Operations - Jobs are assisting funeral directors to conduct funerals or to undertake mortuary assistant duties.

Jobs might involve assisting the transfer of deceased remains, preparing, driving and maintaining funeral vehicles and assisting in the conduct of funerals.

Jobs may be in specialist mortuary administration, providing administration and operational support which may include contact with deceased remains, encoffining deceased persons and cleaning and sterilising mortuary items and equipment.

Certificate III in Funeral Operations - Some jobs are in mortuaries undertaking specialist mortuary administration work, carrying out support activities and body preparation procedures. Jobs may be to determine body preparation requirements, cleanse and disinfect deceased bodies, set facial features, restore minor body damage and dress bodies and apply cosmetics.

Other jobs are in funeral homes, selling funerals and burial products and services, arranging funerals, arranging and overseeing viewings and assisting with conducting funerals.

Certificate IV in Funeral Services - Jobs can be undertaken in a funeral home as a funeral director responsible for all aspects of arranging funerals, conducting funerals and coordinating funeral operations.

In a cemetery or crematorium, jobs are to coordinate and manage all staff involved, manage burials, burial works and cremation services, manage grounds, maintenance works and activities.

Other tasks may be to:

  • install burial vaults
  • coordinate chapel operations
  • prepare vaults or crypts for burials
  • schedule burials or cremations
  • arrange and oversee viewings of cremations
  • supervise exhumations
  • coordinate monument installation.

Certificate III in Gravedigging, Grounds and Maintenance - Jobs are to prepare, dig and backfill graves. Tasks may involve digging graves manually, consolidate collapsed graves and exhuming burial sites.

Jobs may include undertaking specialist grounds maintenance carrying out grounds and garden care, general maintenance activities and limited construction works.

Cemetery and Crematorium Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 17 September 2010
Updated 20 December 2013
Qualification SIF30113 Certificate III in Cemetery and Crematorium Operations
Terms of traineeship Full time:
  • SIF30113 Certificate III in Cemetery and Crematorium Operations by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieve
  • SIF30113 Certificate III in Cemetery and Crematorium Operations where the trainee holds SIF20113 Certificate II in Funeral Operations
    • 21 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See nominal terms and hours for part-time traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Embalming - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 17 September 2010
Updated 20 December 2013
Qualification SIF40213 Certificate IV in Embalming
Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • SIF40213 Certificate IV in Embalming by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIF40213 Certificate IV in Embalming where the trainee holds SIF30313 Certificate III in Funeral Operations
    • 33 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See nominal terms and hours for part-time traineeships

Probationary period 3 months

Funeral Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 17 September 2010
Updated 20 December 2013
Qualifications
Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • SIF20113 Certificate II in Funeral Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIF30313 Certificate III in Funeral Operations by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIF30313 Certificate III in Funeral Operations where the trainee holds SIF20113 Certificate II in Funeral Operations
    • 21 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See nominal terms and hours for part-time traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Funeral Services - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 17 September 2010
Updated 20 December 2013
Qualification SIF40113 Certificate IV in Funeral Services

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • SIF40113 Certificate IV in Funeral Services by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIF40113 Certificate IV in Funeral Services where the trainee holds SIF30313 Certificate III in Funeral Operations
    • 21 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See nominal terms and hours for part-time traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Gravedigging, Grounds and Maintenance - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 17 September 2010
Updated 20 December 2013
Qualification SIF30213 Certificate III Gravedigging, Grounds and Maintenance

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • SIF30213 Certificate III in Gravedigging, Grounds and Maintenance by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • SIF30213 Certificate III in Gravedigging, Grounds and Maintenance where the trainee holds SIF20113 Certificate II in Funeral Operations
    • 21 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See nominal terms and hours for part-time traineeships

Probationary period 2 months
Page last updated: 17 June 2016