The ICCM recognises that trained cemetery operatives and managers are vital to the provision of an efficient, effective and safe service to the bereaved.

The Institute is a City & Guilds NPTC training centre that delivers and certificates gravedigging courses to this nationally recognised standard.

Health and Safety law places a positive duty upon burial authorities to provide a safe workplace and safe systems of work that will protect the health & safety of employees, persons attending and officiating at funerals, visitors and any other person that may use a cemetery.

The Scheme has been designed by the Institute to train, assess and certificate operatives in safe working practice and to encourage a process of thought that will assist with accident prevention. All COTS training can take place on your site.


City & Guilds NPTC Accredited Courses

COTS Quote Form – Use this form to ask for a quote for any of the courses below:

The following courses are City & Guilds accredited

Course 1- Health & Safety and the Burial Process

Course 2a – Excavator Operation and 2b Dumper Operation


Course 3 
Controlling Risks in Cemeteries

Further information



Health and Safety and Grass Cutting

All City & Guilds accredited qualifications (see below).

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Safe Use of Self Propelled Mowers

Level 2 Certificate of competence Safe Use of Pedestrian controlled mowers

Level 2 Certificate of Competence Safe Use of Strimmers


Level 2 Certificate of competence in Handheld Hedge Trimmers

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Tractor Driving and Related Operations and Operation of Loader Attachments

On Site Courses

COTS courses can be delivered on your site and designed to suit your particular requirements.

The information sheets in the pane opposite give details of course content.

Also see the On Site Requirements Sheet.

If you have received un-accredited training from any other provider we can upgrade and certificate your staff to City & Guilds standard.

To receive a quote for any of the courses please complete the COTS Quote Form and email it to the National Office at enquiries@iccm-uk.com. We will provide you with a quote and some available dates.

For further information please contact the National Office on 020 8989 4661, enquiries@iccm-uk.com.