Certificate IV in Embalming

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of embalming activities requiring a strong theoretical knowledge base and practical procedures. This qualification requires knowledge and application of funeral services industry protocols when dealing with the deceased. Work would be undertaken in a mortuary.

This qualification is designed to reflect the role of employees who work relatively autonomously and may coordinate and supervise others. It involves the use of a specific knowledge base incorporating theoretical concepts and requires the identification, analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian apprenticeship pathway.

Job roles

Graduates with this qualification could work in a funeral home mortuary preparing and embalming deceased remains and implementing and managing infection control practices.

Possible job titles include:


mortuary supervisor.

Prerequisite requirements

There are no prerequisites for entry to this qualification.



To achieve a Certificate IV in Embalming, 20 units must be completed:

all 17 core units

3 elective units:

a minimum of 2 elective units must be chosen from the elective units listed below

a maximum of one elective unit not appearing in the list below may be selected from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

in all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).


add topic SIFIND001B

Work effectively in the funeral services industry

add topic SIFIND002A

Deal with grief and trauma

add topic SIFMWK001A

Encoffin the deceased person

add topic SIFMWK005A

Determine body preparation requirements

add topic SIFMWK006A

Cleanse and disinfect deceased bodies

add topic SIFMWK007A

Set facial features

add topic SIFMWK008A

Restore minor body damage

add topic SIFMWK009A

Restore head damage on autopsied cases

add topic SIFMWK010A

Restore and set eyes after eye donation

add topic SIFMWK011A

Dress bodies and apply cosmetics

add topic SIFMWK012A

Supervise mortuary operations

add topic SIFMWK013A

Determine embalming requirements

add topic SIFMWK014A

Treat the arterial system

add topic SIFMWK015A

Treat abdominal and thoracic cavities

add topic SIFMWK016A

Treat tissue gas

add topic SIFOHS002A

Follow infection and contamination control procedures

add topic SIFOHS003A

Follow mortuary OHS procedures


Client and Customer Service

add topic SIFCCS001B

Provide service to clients

add topic SIFCCS003A

Liaise with community

Governance and Legal Compliance

add topic SIFGLC001A

Maintain and care for historical records

add topic SIFGLC002A

Control and order goods

add topic SIFGLC003A

Conduct internal quality audits

add topic SIFGLC004A

Monitor contracted services and supplies

Working in Industry

add topic SIFIND003A

Participate in industry networks

Management and Leadership

add topic SIFMGT001A

Coordinate a team

add topic SIFMGT003A

Supervise staff

Marketing and Public Relations

add topic SIFMPR002A

Prepare and conduct tours

add topic SIFMPR004A

Develop marketing strategies and activities

Mortuary Work and Embalming

add topic SIFMWK002A

Maintain linen supplies

add topic SIFMWK003A

Clean and sterilise mortuary items and equipment

add topic SIFMWK004B

Coordinate mortuary operations

Occupational Health and Safety

add topic SIFOHS005A

Implement and monitor infection and contamination control practices

Imported units of competency

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic SIRXOHS003A

Provide a safe working environment

add topic SRXEMR001A

Respond to emergency situations

add topic TAADEL301C

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

add topic TLIJ107C

Apply quality procedures


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


SIF40208 Certificate IV in Embalming

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the funeral services industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Access and interpret written and visual information to determine and confirm embalming requirements. Interpret and complete required workplace documentation, including pre-embalming case analyses. Communicate mortuary and body preparation procedures to internal staff according to workplace policy and procedures. Communicate effectively with external personnel according to workplace policy and procedures and funeral services industry communication protocols.

Problem solving

Anticipate difficulties in performing specific embalming procedures and develop practical and sustainable solutions within established workplace and industry standards. Identify and resolve scheduling difficulties in conjunction with relevant staff.

Initiative and enterprise

Take responsibility for own work performance, including meeting timelines for embalming procedures. Know and apply industry practices for embalming procedures. Adapt to unplanned or unexpected situations within the context of workplace policy and procedures.


Liaise with other staff to establish and meet work requirements, including timelines. Inform mortuary and funeral home staff of the extent of the procedures being performed, associated precautions required and emotional issues likely to be encountered.

Planning and organising

Establish sequence of procedures. Determine and prepare required equipment, instruments and products. Apply infection and contamination control procedures.


Understand and apply legislative requirements and responsibilities. Identify and manage hazards associated with infectious conditions and contaminated waste. Monitor own grief responses.


Take responsibility for ongoing learning and source and assess information sources. Support the learning of other staff through promulgation of mortuary procedures.


Select, use and maintain mortuary implements and equipment. Operate sterilising equipment effectively.