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Today's Qualifications in Funeral Services
Entry Requirements
Training Hour Credits
Training Hour Credits Recently Approved for Upcoming Seminars
Introduction to Funeral Services Short Course

Today's Qualifications in Funeral Services
Training and education to achieve Funeral Service Industry qualifications is normally through full-time employment in the industry, combined with formal study. Formal training programmes are provided by Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec).

There are currently two level five diploma qualifications registered on the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) framework for Funeral Services, they are:

Entry Requirements

The nature of the work in Fuenral Directing and Embalming means that the people employed in this field require a degree of maturity and must be certain that this career is for them. For this reason students must normally be at least 20 years of age before commencing the formal training programme.

Intending sutdents must be employees of funeral/embalming companies and have at least one year's relevant employment in the industry before commencing the formal training programme. Normally for the National Diploma in Embalming, this will mean that they have had at least one year relevant experience in the practice of embalming.

There are no minimum adademic entry requirements for either programme, but the applicants must demonstrate that they have a reasonable likelihood of success. This will be ascertained during the period of employment prior to enrolment on the formal training programme.

Training Hour Credits

Qualified Funeral Directors and Embalmers can apply for Training Hour Credits for additional training about to be undertaken or attendance at seminars relevant to their Practicing Certificate (note: THC cannot be applied for restrospectively).

Application for FSTT Approval of Seminar in Word or PDF can be viewed and printed by clicking on the following links:

FSTT Approval of Seminar (word)
FSTT Approval of Seminar (pdf)

Training Hour Credits Recently Approved for Upcoming Seminars
Please contact us if you are a Funeral Director or Embalmer who would like more information about attending any of the following Training Hour Credit Approved Seminars. Alternatively click on any links in the following table for pdf registration forms or link to further information:

Description Where Dates Training Hour Credits
WelTec Clinical Supervisor Course Christchurch 29 June 2016 2 THC FD & Emb
WelTec Clinical Supervisor Course Wellington 3 August 2016 2 THC FD & Emb
FDANZ Half Yearly Meeting Seminar Wellington 12/13 October 2016 9 THC FD & Emb
MBiE Taking Care of Business Government Supporting your Business Various locations around NZ July-Oct 2016 2 THC FD & Emb

Introduction to Funeral Services Short Course

So you always wanted to be a funeral director or know more about funeral directing…..
The purpose of this short-course is to assist those with an interest in a career in funeral services gain an accurate understanding of the functions, responsibilities and expectations of the funeral profession prior to making a commitment to join it.

On completion of this course students receive an attendance certificate showing that they have:
1. Entry-level knowledge of funeral service functions, processes and responsibilities.
2. Understanding of the different roles of personnel within the funeral service profession.
3. Understanding of the expectations of the funeral industry in regard to the performance and professional conduct of its personnel.

If you have ever wondered if a career in the funeral services industry is for you this is the perfect short-course to attend.

Places on the courses are limited and participants must pre-register and pay for the course before registration can be confirmed.

Dates and locations for 2014 courses are:
- Friday 19 September 2014 in Wellington (Kilbirnie)
- Friday 26 September 2014 in Auckland (Henderson)

Download this flyer is you would like to register for either of these short courses:
- Flyer Introduction to Funeral Services Short Course 2014

Email fiona@fstt.org.nz if you would like further information.