Funeral Services Training Package

The Funeral Services Training Package is the national framework for skills development for the funeral services industry. 

It includes nationally recognised units of competency and qualifications to train and assess individuals in a range of skills and occupations including:

  • Gravedigger
  • Funeral Director
  • Cemetery Manager
  • Embalmer

Qualifications and units


The training package consists of the following three components:

1. Competency Standards

The units of competency define the range of knowledge and skills that employees need within the funeral industry, and set out the level of performance required and the means for measuring that performance.

If skills are only required in one particular area, training and assessment can be completed in one (or more) individual skill or units of competency from the training package. When competent in these skills a Statement of Attainment is issued, which provides national recognition of their skills, and often also provides credit toward a full qualification.

2. Assessment Guidelines

The Assessment Guidelines is the policy document which describes the funeral industry's system for assessment against the Competency Standards.

3. Qualifications

The Qualifications outline how the competency standards are 'packaged' into qualifications aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework.

  • Certificate II in Funeral Operations
  • Certificate III in Cemetery and Crematorium Operations
  • Certificate III in Gravedigging, Grounds and Maintenance
  • Certificate III in Funeral Operations
  • Certificate IIV in Funeral Services
  • Certificate IV in Embalming
  • Diploma of Mortuary Management 


All the above components can be viewed at


RTOs that deliver the package 

RTO's that deliver each qualification can be found by using the search function at


Buy the package and support materials

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