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College Certificate in Grave Digging (Manual & Machinery)

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Job opportunities after this course: 

This course covers the practical skills and knowledge required by a gravedigger, both manual and mechanical skills. On completion of this course you would have the practical skills and knowledge to manually dig a grave and hold an NPTC Safe use of Plant and machinery Certificate of Competence, allowing you to mechanically dig a grave.

Overview of the course: 

A practical course - 4 days. Over the four days you will learn about the grave digging process from start to finish, including aftercare of the grave. Day one will be in the classroom learning about all of the regulations attached to this subject, days 2 & 3 will be mechanical machinery training, day 4 will be the manually digging of a grave. A practical assessment for the Mechanical Machinery will be on the day following the completion of training.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements


All aspects of practical and machine grave digging.
1. State the Health and Safety requirements in Cemeteries

2. Demonstrate the general requirements of Grave Digging

3. Pre Excavation preparation

4. Know the types of shoring

5. Preparation for internment

6. State and undertake the duties of the grave digger on the day of the funeral

7. Back filling and removal of shoring and state procedures for aftercare of graves

8. State the Health & Safety implications involved in the exhumation of graves

How is the course assessed?: 

External practical assessment by NPTC for Plant and Machinery, The manual grave digging aspect will be assessed during the course by practical activities.

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical units can be added.

Length of the course: 

4 full days - practical.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

The course runs at various times throughout the year subject to demand.

More important information about this course:


Fees are payable in advance.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (25 May 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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