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Funeral Service

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Funeral Service is certificate program delivered in cooperation with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan. If you are a compassionate person interested in helping people, this program can help you develop the skills you need to support individuals who are coping with death and provide essential services involved in the care of final arrangements for a loved one.

You will study a core component of courses followed by a specialty of embalming or funeral directing, or both. In the core program you will develop skills and gain knowledge in anatomy and physiology, computer skills, communication skills, jurisprudence and ethics, and acts, bylaws and regulations specific to the funeral industry.

Upon successfully completing the core courses, you will have the opportunity to complete the Embalmer Specialty as part of the Funeral Service certificate or the Funeral Director Specialty. You may choose to complete both specialties and receive a Funeral Service certificate for each of the specialties.

This program is available part-time and full-time by distance education delivery through continuing education at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR candidate guide (pdf) or the transfer credit page.


You will gain an understanding of the processes involved in funeral services arrangements. You will also study memorialization options, processes for transportation and prearranging services.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service students only. Completion of Funeral Service core course, WORK 192 and PRAC 176


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You will study business practices pertinent to the funeral service industry. Particular consideration will be paid to funeral home budgets and financial statements, funeral service merchandising and sales, costing and pricing, advertising, and applicable federal and provincial regulations.

Prerequisites: Completion of all Funeral Service core courses, WORK 192 and PRAC 176


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You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. Course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints and dealing with difficult people.

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You will examine the organization and direction of funeral services and visitations. You will also explore the various support services available.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service students only. Completion of Funeral Service core courses, WORK 192, PRAC 176 and Arrange Funerals (FNRL 181) for Funeral Service students


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You will gain an understanding of the various types of embalming processes for the normal case. You will also examine procedures used in difficult and autopsied cases.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service students only


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You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

Additional costs: Text
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
May 20, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Sat - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Registration deadline: May 20, 2017
Register Online
$334.50Prince AlbertCRN: 201604-815
This course introduces you to the study of the human body and how it functions efficiently. The content you will study is of critical importance for the promotion and maintenance of health.

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You will gain an understanding of the acts, bylaws and regulations that govern funerals. The course content includes information about the professional and ethical practices that are important in this profession.

Prerequisites: For Funeral Service program students


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Leadership and Group Dynamics is a foundation course. The course introduces you to the theory of leadership and focuses on group processes and the practical application of leadership techniques (including conducting meetings, doing presentations and leading discussions).

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You will be introduced to the concepts of microbiology in relation to health and the process of disease in humans. You will explore the fundamentals of micro organisms in relation to the interaction with host, impact on environment, human disease and funeral service practice.

Equivalent Course: Microbiology for the Health Sciences (NEPS 212)

Prerequisites: For Funeral Service students only


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You will receive an orientation to the funeral services profession. Topics will include the history, varying traditions and religious practices that influence arrangements. You will also gain an understanding of the nature of employment within the funeral services profession.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service program students only


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The course content provides you with an introduction to the study of various disease processes that can affect body structure and function. You will also examine disease processes as they affect specific body systems.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service program students only


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You will discuss the emotional and psychological needs of the bereaved as well as appropriate communication skills and attitudes. You will be introduced to communication with and attitudes appropriate to grieving clients.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service program students, Psychology (PSYC 160)


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You will study restorative art processes using appropriate cosmetics, instruments and appliances. You will also examine processes for the difficult and autopsied cases.

Prerequisites: Funeral Service students only


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You will receive instruction and practice in written and oral communication skills needed for the professional workplace. You will review the principles of effective writing, prepare oral presentations and practice common forms of business communication. Communicating a professional image will be emphasized.

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