Qualification details

SIF20113 - Certificate II in Funeral Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to SIF20108 - Certificate II in Funeral OperationsRevised qualification provides greater flexibility to reflect other job outcomes for the funeral services industry at the AQF 2 level. Changes to packaging rules include the removal of specialisations and greater choice of imported units from other training packages and accredited courses. The total number of units required to complete this qualification remains at 12. The number of core units has decreased from 5 to 3. The number of elective units has increase from 7 to 9. 20/Jun/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 09/Jul/2015
(View details for release 2) 02/Jul/2013
(View details for release 1) 21/Jun/2013

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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AHCPGD201A - Plant trees and shrubsPlant trees and shrubs Elective
AHCPGD203A - Prune shrubs and small treesPrune shrubs and small trees Elective
AHCPMG202A - Treat plant pests, diseases and disordersTreat plant pests, diseases and disorders Elective
BSBINM201 - Process and maintain workplace informationProcess and maintain workplace information Elective
BSBSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
BSBWOR204 - Use business technologyUse business technology Elective
HLTAID003 - Provide first aidProvide first aid Elective
SIFCBCR001 - Bury coffins and casketsBury coffins and caskets Elective
SIFCBCR002 - Backfill and make good gravesBackfill and make good graves Elective
SIFCBCR003 - Dig graves manuallyDig graves manually Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 451399 Funeral Workers Nec 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3399-29 Funeral Director 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Funeral Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Funeral Director’s Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 451399 Funeral Workers Nec 01/Nov/2013 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3399-29 Funeral Director 01/Nov/2013 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1103 Personal Services 01/Nov/2013 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 21/Jun/2013 
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Modification History

The details of this endorsed qualification are in the table below. The latest information is at the top.




Imported units from the following training packages updated:

  • BSB Business Services
  • HLT Health


Editorial corrections addressing upload errors in:

  • Qualification Description
  • Packaging Rules
  • Qualification Mapping Information


Revised qualification. Reflects the Standards for Training Packages.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who undertake routine work in a range of operations that generally lead to pathways within the funeral services industry. These roles are generally performed working under supervision, with limited autonomy and judgement to complete routine but variable tasks in collaboration with others. Knowledge and application of funeral services industry protocols is required when dealing with the bereaved.

These individuals may work in:

  • funeral homes, assisting the funeral director in transferring deceased remains; preparing, driving and maintaining funeral vehicles; and assisting in the conduct of funerals
  • funeral home mortuaries, providing administration and operational support, which may include contact with deceased remains
  • cemeteries assisting with the maintenance of grounds and structures, or assisting with digging graves or assisting with transferring and burying coffins and caskets.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Packaging Rules

12 units must be completed:

  • 3 core units
  • 9 elective units consisting of:
  • a maximum of 2 units from Group A: Work Health and Safety
  • a minimum of 4 elective units must be selected from the General elective units listed below
  • a maximum of 4 elective units, first packaged at AQF level 2 or 3, may be selected from elsewhere in SIF Funeral Services Training Package or any other current Training Package or accredited course. Refer to the AQF packaging of Funeral Services units in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

In all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units 


Provide service to clients


Work effectively in the funeral services industry


Deal with grief responses

Elective units 

Group A: Work Health and Safety 


Identify hazards and assess risks in a cemetery or crematorium


Follow mortuary work health and safety procedures


Follow work health and safety procedures


Follow infection and contamination control procedures

General elective units 

Building and Grounds Maintenance 


Plan trees and shrubs


Prune shrubs and small trees


Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders


Provide general grounds care


Maintain property and structures

Burial and Cremation Operations 


Bury coffins and caskets


Backfill and make good graves


Dig graves manually

Business Administration 


Process and maintain workplace information


Use business technology

Funeral Operations 


Assist with the conduct of funerals


Transfer deceased persons


Transfer coffins and caskets

Mortuary Work and Embalming 


Encoffin deceased persons


Clean and sterilise mortuary items and equipment



Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices



Drive funeral vehicles


Inspect and maintain vehicles and equipment

Work Health and Safety 


Provide first aid

Qualification Mapping Information

SIF20108 Certificate II in Funeral Services


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c2c3131e-4418-4aa3-8ff1-a855c95f7fd6