Some little boys want to grow up to policemen, other a fireman and yet other want to be an embalmer. Well there's one line of work you never have to worry about going out of business. There are many different specialties and positions. Most of them are connected with our life, health and prosperity, but there are some specialties as embalmers and funeral directors, which concern to human death. If you have decided to get the embalmer license, you should know that embalmer tasks are very complicated. A two-year training program should be completed; apprenticeship program includes college courses, on-the-job training and home study. Grade 12 should be completed by candidates, with a good first aid certificate. Chemistry 12 and Biology 12 are also recommended.
Training courses are available within the BCFA (British Columbia Funeral Association). This apprenticeship training is aimed for people who are searching to practice as funeral directors or embalmers in B.C. Full-service funeral provider should employ candidates under the straight supervision of a licensed practitioner. The candidate will register in any of possible routes (there are only 3) for certification of trade qualification. These routes are funeral director, embalmer or embalmer and funeral director.
There are some special requirements for people who want to work as embalmer or funeral director. First of all, candidates should know about responsibility of embalmer tasks, secondly, be able to communicate
rationally with a great variety of people, including theological, legal and health professionals. They should be both empathetic and emotionally stable during communication with bereaved families of different religious and cultural backgrounds. They should be observant for any details, with good organizational and coordination skills. Working schedule often is irregular and, as a rule, long. The work can be mentally, emotionally and physically demanding. Embalmers wash and dry body, insert convex celluloid and sanitize and restore body, so embalmer should have stable mind.
Embalmers and funeral directors usually work long and irregular hours. Funeral homes are often open on weekends and evenings, so sometimes shift work is required. Working schedule varies more in not big funeral homes but workers at bigger funeral homes, as a rule, work 8 hours a day and workweek
consists of five or six days. One of the main embalmer tasks is contact and communication with the remains of deceased people with various infections that are why they have to follow strong health order. Out of consideration and respect for the deceased and families, funeral directors and embalmers
must have special appropriate dress. No hip-hop attire allowed.Embalmers and funeral directors have appreciably lower rate of unemployment than the all occupations average. Industry origins show that apprentices continue in their occupations even after their trainings are completed, which furthers to a low rate of unemployment. About seven in ten embalmers and funeral directors work year round, which is appreciably higher than the average of all-occupations. This means that there is little strangeness in
this line of work, though after meeting with embalmer tasks and duties, this situation seems to be clear.
Industry sources indicate that now we have a shortage of embalmers and funeral directors. Candidates who completed an apprenticeship trainings usually have many variants for finding full-time work. These good prospects of embalmer employment are supposed to improve until 2011. Death and taxes. Two facts of life that will always create steady work.