New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Funeral Services

Interested in pursuing a career in the funeral services sector? Develop tertiary study skills and gain the knowledge required to enter industry. Learn about sensitivities surrounding funerals, with an emphasis on the social and cultural behaviours related to death within Aotearoa.

What you will learn

  • Develop research and communication skills
  • Explore a range of ceremonies valued by different groups and theories of grief
  • Identify social issues related to funeral services and their impact on specific population groups
  • Recognise support agencies that help people through different challenges
  • Develop cultural self-awareness required to work in the industry
  • Deliver information in culturally inclusive ways
  • Use ethical frameworks to guide future practice in the funeral services sector
  • Consider workplace roles, supervision and accountability
  • Work collaboratively on projects
  • Plan your career and develop a CV
  • Prepare for workplace interviews


Career options

Graduate with enhanced employment opportunities within the funeral services industry. Gain industry experience, then complete further study to become a funeral director or embalmer.

  • Funeral assistant
  • Mortuary assistant


Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) or equivalent study/work experience.

International IELTS:

International entry: IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent


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