The Certificate IV in Embalming is applicable to individuals who work in a funeral home or mortuary and specialises in embalming procedures. Individuals typically work relatively autonomously in this role, and have limited responsibility for the supervision, training and coordination of others.
An embalmer requires theoretical knowledge in biology, physiology, chemistry and anatomy in addition to specialist technical skills to efficiently sanitise, preserve and present the body of a deceased person as part of the embalming process.
While no legislative or licensing applies at the moment, NSW public health regulations require that individuals who perform embalming carry a certificate of proficiency or one that is equivalent to the Certificate IV [Embalming] which is standard issued by an institute which has been approved by the Director-General of the NSW Department of Health.
This qualification can take from 0.5 - 2 years to complete.