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Staff employed by NZIFH member firms hold a wide range of different qualifications and experiences. NZIFH believes in on going education for staff and participate in industry workshops and seminars organised by the Funeral Service Training Trust (FSTT).

The Funeral Service Training Trust

  

The Funeral Service Training Trust (FSTT) is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the funeral industry in New Zealand. It is responsible for:

  • Developing industry training programmes
  • Setting up national skill standards to be registered on the National Qualifications Framework
  • Arranging for the delivery of training (on and off the job)
  • Developing arrangements for monitoring the training and assessment of trainees (on and off the job)

 FSTT is made up of members from various association groupsand Educational advisors.

The Funeral Service Training Trust of New Zealand (FSTT) is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the funeral industry in New Zealand. FSTT was among the first to be accredited when ITOs were created in the early 1990's.

As an ITO, FSTT is responsible for overseeing the national qualifications in Funeral Services. It does this by registering unit standards on the national frame work and by arranging the delivery of the qualifications.

FSTT is also responsible for the ongoing training of funeral directors and embalmers in New Zealand. This task is mainly carried out though seminars run on behalf of different groups and the awarding of Training Hour Credits towards their funeral directing or embalming practicing certificates.

The aims of the the Funeral Service Training Trust of New Zealand are:

  • To educate New Zealand funeral directors, embalmers and students in all matters concerning the funeral industry
  • Promoting exchange between New Zealand and other countries of educational material in the field of funeral directing and embalming
  • Encouraging funeral director company programmes and self-help educational seminars throughout the South Pacific region
  • Fostering and encouraging supporting industries to be involved in the education and training of the funeral industry
  • To work with other agencies both in New Zealand and overseas in support of the above aims.

 


 

WelTec


Serving the funeral Industry

 

Funeral Service Industry Qualifications Provided by Weltec (Wellington Institute of Technology).

WelTech is the national provider of funeral service training in New Zealand. They supply the funeral industry with fundamental theory and technical training in embalming and funeral directing. Studying with WelTec you will gain an NZQA qualification that is registered and recognised by industry nationwide.  

Entry Requirements

To participate in the programmes available you must be employed, 20 years of age, have 12 months relevant funeral directing experience for the National Diploma in Funeral Directing (Level 5) and 12 months relevant embalming industry experience for the National Diploma in Embalming (Level 5).

Qualifications in the New Zealand funeral service industry include:

  • National Diploma in Funeral Directing (Level 5)
  • National Diploma in Embalming (Level 5)


National Diploma in Funeral Directing (Level 5)

Training and education to achieve Funeral Service industry qualifications is normally through full time employment in the industry combined with formal study. The formal training programs are provided by the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec).

The National Diploma in Funeral Directing is awarded to people who have demonstrated competence in Funeral Directing.

People awarded with this qualification are able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the law and use philosophy of funeral directing to funeral directing practice
  • Arrange, organise and direct a funeral
  • Organise post-funeral activities
  • Communicate and support bereaved families and refer them to support services
  • Prepare a casket for viewing and burial or cremation


National Diploma in Embalming (Level 5)

The National Diploma in Embalming is the nationally recognised qualification for individuals who work as an embalmer.

People awarded this qualification are able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the philosophy of embalming to embalming in practice
  • Design and set up a mortuary
  • Apply health and safety practices to working in a mortuary
  • Apply knowledge of the sciences to embalming
  • Embalm and restore a body: prepare a funeral casket and finally present a deceased person

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