Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic situation, on site assessments have been replaced by video assessments. This means that candidates can still be assessed and the qualification awarded should they be successful.

The Crematorium Technicians Training Scheme (CTTS) is provided as part of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) portfolio of accredited educational courses; it can be completed on its own to conform with the requirements of the Process Guidance Notes for Crematoria or as a prelude to the Provision Layout and Management of Crematoria Unit which is part of the ICCM diploma course.

Edexcel has accredited the course to BTEC standard and validates its contents on an annual basis. The course, which is normally supplied via email, consists of two levels which are worked through at the candidate’s own pace. An on site assessment form part of the Intermediate course.

CTTS is the only accredited qualification scheme available to cremation authorities.

LATEST – Baby and Infant Cremation Accreditation

In April 2017 the Institute launched a baby and infant cremation accreditation Scheme designed to assist cremation authorities comply with the Bonomy recommendations regarding observed cremations.

The scheme verifies procedure at crematoria to ensure the maximisation of recovery of ash via an in-house accredited mentor.

All mentors and technicians that pass through the scheme are certificated. Further information is available here.

ICCM retained accreditation for 2019/20

Following the Edexcel becoming part of Pearson it was required that CTTS is re-accredited. The process has been completed and we are pleased to say that CTTS has retained its BTEC accreditation.

The revised course includes a specific unit covering Baby and Infant Cremations and abatement equipment. The course also assists cremation authorities in Scotland to comply with the recommendations made in the Infant Cremation Commission Report.

Further information is available in the CTTS Newsletter.

More information and applications forms and fees are contained in the CTTS Handbook

NOTE TO MENTORS – After you have successfully mentored two candidates through the Intermediate stage you will be eligible to receive the ‘Accredited Mentor’s’ certificate. Also note that the previous requirement to complete 100 cremations has been removed therefore mentor’s may nominate candidates under their guidance to undergo on-site assessment when satisfied that the candidate is ready.
Candidates are now required to carry out baby, infant and fetus cremations.

CTTS is the only qualification mentioned in the Secretary of State’s Process Guidance Note that has the credibility of performing to a nationally recognised standard.


BTEC Certificate for ICCM Crematorium Technical Operations

The course requires that you work through the course workbook under the supervision of an on-site mentor (usually your head technician).

When the mentor is satisfied that competence in the operation of cremation equipment has been achieved an application for on site assessment is arranged.

A qualified ICCM appointed assessor will visit your crematorium where assessment of competence is undertaken.

The course includes the cremation of babies, infants and foetuses and competence must be demonstrated in this the most sensitive part of our service. The care of bereaved parents is also considered.  



Controlling Risks in Crematoria

A fully accredited City & Guilds qualification.

For more information

Service Specific Manual Handling
Accredited by City & Guilds, this Level 2 

qualification can be delivered as a stand-alone course for all staff working at a Crematorium. Contact the National Office for further details.


If you completed your Intermediate certificate prior to September 2014 you can upgrade your qualification by completing the specific element relating to the cremation of babies, infants and foetuses.

The care of bereaved parents is also included.

Information on upgrading your qualification is available by contacting the National Office.