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This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a range of specialised embalming procedures in a mortuary or funeral home mortuary.
Individuals in this role work relatively autonomously and may have limited responsibility for the coordination, training and supervision of others.
Embalmers require theoretical knowledge in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology as well as specialist technical skills to sanitise, present and preserve a deceased person of predictable and unpredictable causes as part of the embalming process.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication, however, the following requirement applies to the embalming of bodies in NSW:
Under a NSW public health regulation relating to the disposal of bodies, a person must not embalm a body unless that person has a certificate of proficiency of, or equivalent to, a Certificate IV [Embalming] standard issued by an institute approved by the Director-General of the NSW Department of Health. Candidates in NSW should seek advice from the NSW Department of Health for a current list of approved providers.
The volume of learning of a Certificate IV is typically 0.5 – 2 years.