Certificate IV in Embalming - SIF40213

Funeral Industry Development Australia

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification is part of the Funeral Services Training Package. It 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.


  • 22 units: 19 core
  • 3 electives


  • Control and order goods
  • Perform arterial embalming of autopsied cases
  • Cleanse and disinfect deceased persons
  • Supervise staff
  • Supervise mortuary operations
  • Develop marketing strategies and activities
  • Restore minor body damage
  • Follow mortuary work health and safety procedures
  • Treat abdominal and thoracic cavities
  • Determine embalming requirements
  • Monitor contracted services and supplies
  • Design a mortuary
  • Deal with grief responses
  • Treat the head and body after autopsies
  • Apply first aid
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Coordinate mortuary operations
  • Perform arterial embalming of natural cases
  • Apply anatomy and physiology principles to embalming
  • Conduct internal quality audits
  • Participate in industry networks
  • Treat complex ante mortem cases
  • Review and develop mortuary work health and safety policies and procedures
  • Restore and set eyes after eye donations
  • Implement and monitor infection and contamination control practices
  • Treat complex post mortem cases
  • Dress the deceased and apply cosmetics
  • Prepare and conduct tours
  • Make presentations to community groups
  • Set facial features
  • Work effectively in the funeral services industry
  • Coordinate teams
  • Encoffin deceased persons

Further information

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.

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