Study and Career Preparation (Funeral Services)

Interested in pursuing a career in the funeral services sector? Develop tertiary study skills and gain the knowledge required to enter industry. Learn about sensitivities surrounding funerals, with an emphasis on the social and cultural behaviours related to death within Aotearoa.

What you will learn

  • Develop research and communication skills
  • Explore a range of ceremonies valued by different groups and theories of grief
  • Identify social issues related to Funeral Services and their impact on specific population groups
  • Recognise support agencies that help people through different challenges
  • Develop cultural self-awareness required to work in the industry
  • Deliver information in culturally inclusive ways
  • Use ethical frameworks to guide future practice in the Funeral Services sector
  • Consider workplace roles, supervision and accountability
  • Work collaboratively on projects
  • Plan your career and develop a CV
  • Prepare for workplace interviews

Career options

Graduate with enhanced employment opportunities within Funeral Services. Gain industry experience, then complete further study to become a Funeral Director or Embalmer.

  • Funeral Assistant
  • Mortuary Assistant
  • Receptionist

What your week will look like

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Timetable is indicative only, a full timetable will be available prior to course start. 

Entry criteria

Under 20

  • NCEA Level 2, or above
  • Or relevant study/ work experience


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.


  • NCEA Level 2, or above
  • Or relevant study/ work experience

International students: IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent

What it will cost


  • Fee: $2,300
  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


  • Fee to be confirmed

Where will my course be?

The Petone campus is at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone.

Read more about our Petone campus.

The Wellington CBD campus is at 11-17 Church Street, Wellington.

Read more about our Wellington CBD campus.

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

Documents and other details

Offered by:
School of Health and Social Services
Offered by:
Te Hau Tapu me te Puna Oranga
Formal programme title:
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Funeral Services)
Programme code: