Course Curriculum

    INTRODUCTION

    The student must be able to create a basic coffin and casket and must be able to apply their gained knowledge and build upon it in their own capacity.

    The student must be able to identify the difference between coffins and caskets, as well as identify the different sizes of coffins and caskets.

    The student must understand how to achieve repeatable results using the foundational knowledge of this course.

    To propel the student into the world of casket and coffin manufacturing with skills that will assist them in their own business, or working for individuals or companies.

    Safety, health and environment guidelines is covered in the coffin training manual.

    A complete list of tools is covered in the coffin training manual.

    WOOD & MATERIALS
  • The different types of wood and materials is covered in the training manual. Interior lining is also covered during the course. These will have an affect on the eventual price of your product. Fasteners, nails and screws are covered in the training manual.

    MATERIAL CHARACTERISTICS

    Coffin and casket manufacture is mostly aimed at resellers, and as such your costing must be competitive. A fine balance between high and low costs exists, and each end of the scale has advantages and disadvantages. Basic business practice in any industry works on three basic principles:

    a) High cost but high quality and uniqueness. Also applies to niche markets. Customers don’t worry about time constraints, as their focus is quality and uniqueness, and they are willing to pay premium for this.
    b) Medium cost but fair to high quality, produced in a reasonable time. These clients strike a balance between quality and time factor.
    c) Low cost, mass production. Quality is fair to poor, but these clients are either price sensitive OR time sensitive, and accept that they will sacrifice quality to achieve either or both.

    With this in mind, the material you use, as well as fittings, and skill level applied to the products you produce will have an effect on the final price of your finished goods. It is prudent to keep record of all your costs, and conduct running checks to confirm that you are operating within budget and / or selling your products for a reasonable amount.