How to become a Funeral Director – what is involved?


We are regularly contacted by people who think they want to become a funeral director but are finding it hard to gain an experience or insight into what it is like to work in a funeral service.  There is very little training for people who are not already working within funeral care, a career as a funeral director is never included within recruitment fairs or events and people may not even have experience of arranging a funeral themselves.

There is no regulator or National Minimum Standard and there is limited information available on the internet.  Funeral Directors websites often contain very little information and it can be daunting to consider approaching a local funeral director to ask if you can pop in and ask them some questions.  People have told us that it is hard to get a job within funeral care without previous experience and that it is almost impossible to get any work experience (as this is something that most funeral directors don’t offer).

Unfortunately this means that there are many barriers for people who are interested in becoming funeral directors, but don’t already know someone working in the industry.  We believe that being a funeral director is a privilege and are really keen to support motivated, gentle, intelligent and impressive people to be able to gain the insight that they need to decide whether this is the right career for them.

Full Circle Funerals and Full Circle Funerals Partners try to support people who want to become funeral directors by:



Writing, Funerals Your Way, a funeral guide that explains the funeral arrangement process

Providing education events such as free monthly webinars covering a wide range of funeral related topics

Welcoming people to pop in and have a look around, share their plans and ask questions of our funeral directors (over tea and biscuits)

Enabling people who want to open a Full Circle Funerals Partners funeral franchise with a robust and supportive franchise network

Specialists in providing for humanist serices. Civil celebrant available with Full Circle.
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Helpful steps if you want to be a Funeral Director


We have listed a few suggestions of steps you might consider if you think that you would like to become a funeral director.  Please do get in touch though as everyone has unique circumstances and we are very happy to chat things through with you.

Search the internet and read some books on death, dying and bereavement

Follow some funeral directors (like FCF) and funeral related organisations on social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

Find out as much as you can from credible sources like the National Careers Service.  You might also find out about apprenticeships or positions within your local area. 

Join some of our free and friendly webinars.  You will find out more about subjects relating to funeral care and meet some interesting people.

Contact your local funeral director, crematoria and Natural Burial Ground and ask if they would be willing to show you round because you are interested in becoming a funeral director

Apply for ad-hoc, casual work at your local funeral director.  It will give you some practical experience and help you to see whether this is really the career for you

Get in touch.  We are happy to help as much as we can and we might just know someone in your local area that you could speak to

If you are interested in the funeral franchise and would like to find out more then get in touch with Andy

Funeral Choices Webinar
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Most Promising new Funeral Director Award
Specialists in providing for humanist serices. Civil celebrant available with Full Circle.
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