Mortician courses in Kenya [All you need to know]

Would you like to enroll in Mortician courses in Kenya in Kenya but you are not sure of what the course entails?

Well, if yes, you are in the right place……in this article we will look at what the course entails, the entry requirements for different levels, where you can work after completing the course, institutions offering the course and so on.

But before then, it should be noted that this is not a course for the faint-hearted people.

In fact, I can clearly say that I can’t stand working in a morgue so, this is not a course I can consider taking.

Therefore, if you are not courageous enough to work in a funeral home, kindly this is not the course for you.

However, if you are among those who can stand working in the environment, then you are in the right track.

Keep reading…….

Mortician courses in Kenya

So, what does mortician courses entails?

Well, mortician courses, also known with another word as funeral service education programs, are designed to prepare you for a career in the funeral service industry.

In fact, these programs typically cover a wide range of topics related to funeral service, embalming, grief counseling, and the management of funeral homes.

However, it should be noted that the specific topic covered can vary depending on the institution and the level of education being pursued.

Some of the most common topics and subjects that are often included in the course

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Embalming
  • Funeral Service Law and Ethics
  • Funeral Arrangements
  • Restorative Art
  • Funeral Home Management
  • Psychology of Grief and Bereavement
  • Cremation
  • Funeral Service Merchandising
  • Communications and Counseling
  • Business Law
  • Public Health and Sanitation


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Mortician courses in Kenya-(Certificate and Diploma levels)

Lets us now to mortuary science requirements in Kenya

Certificate in Mortuary Science

Minimum entry requirements:

  • KCSE mean grade of D plain in your KCSE.

Course duration:

This course is a 1-year training

Some of the courses offering certificate in mortuary science in Kenya

  • Chiromo Funeral Parlour -a institution run and managed by the University of Nairobi (UON)
  • Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH)
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST)
  • Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH)
  • Uzima University

Diploma in mortuary science

This is a course that is not offered in many institutions in Kenya.

In fact, KMTC is one of the medical training colleges that has added diploma in mortuary science in its portfolio of medical courses.

Minimum entry requirements (diploma in mortuary science kmtc requirements)

  • KCSE mean grade of C-minus in your KCSE

Course duration:

  • 2 years and 2 years in service

Where you can study diploma in mortuary in Kenya

  • KMTC
  • Uzima University

Mortician courses in Kenya-Fee

Fee for the course depend on the institution and the level you have enrolled in.

Therefore, we will look at the approximate fee and for the actual fee you will have to contact the institution of your choice.

Certificate in Mortuary Science fee

Fee ranges between 60,000 to 80000 for the entire course depending on the institution.

Diploma in mortuary science

For diploma courses, fee is between 80,000 to 90,000 depending with the institution of your choice.

Some the duties of a mortician in Kenya

  • Body Preparation
  • Casket Selection for example in terms of the right size
  • Paperwork and permits preparation required for burial or cremation, including death certificates and burial permits
  • Body Transportation
  • Grief Support
  • Cremation Services
  • Counseling

Mortician Jobs in Kenya

Now, after completing this course, below are jobs you can do:

  • Funeral Homes/ Morgues
  • Hospitals
  • Crematoriums
  • Burial Societies
  • Private Mortuary Services
  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions

Is Mortician courses in Kenya marketable/ Is the course worth it?

Good question here! before making up your mind if this is the course you would like to pursue, you might be wondering if this course is worth pursuing in Kenya or not.

Well, if this is so, let us find out if this course is marketable or not in this section to give you a go ahead of whether to enroll for the course or not.

To answer your question, this course is an average course.

In short, we can say that it is a 50/50 course in term of marketability.

Why do I say so?

This is because, funeral homes/ morgues are not that many in Kenya.

In fact, so many hospitals do not own their own morgues but instead advise their patient to transfer the bodies to nearby morgues.

That way, job opportunities may not be many as we expect.

On the other hand, people are dying day in day out which is uncontrollable and therefore jobs will always be there.

Additionally, more morgues are be opened creating job opportunities for those taking the course.

Mortician courses in Kenya-Final words

If you are targeting to enroll in a mortician course in Kenya, those are the most important details you may need to know from the qualifications, courses offered, where offered, duration and fee.

Remember, as we said above, the course is not or the faint hearted therefore you have to consider this before taking the course.

Also, it should be noted that application for the course will depend on the institution of your choice.

Therefore, consider visiting the institution website for example KMTC website for intakes, application process and other important details.

All the best!


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