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Funeral Service

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. For complete program information, check the program page.

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: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology), Interpersonal Communications, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel, Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, Jurisprudence and Ethics, Written and Oral Communications, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, Core Work Experience, Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service, Medical Terminology (180), Microbiology for Funeral Service, Psychology 1, Leadership and Group Dynamics, Funeral Service Core Practicum, Orientation to Funeral Services, Psychology of Grief, Professionalism, Funeral Service students only. Completion of Funeral Service core course, WORK 192 and PRAC 176


30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 7, 2015 - January 8, 2016
Registration deadline: September 11, 2015
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$418.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-249
February 8, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$418.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-236
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: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology), Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service, Medical Terminology (180), Psychology 1, Core Work Experience, Funeral Service Core Practicum, Interpersonal Communications, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel, Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, Jurisprudence and Ethics, Microbiology for Funeral Service, Orientation to Funeral Services, Psychology of Grief, Written and Oral Communications, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, Completion of all Funeral Service core courses, WORK 192 and PRAC 176


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 21, 2015 - February 5, 2016
Registration deadline: September 25, 2015
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-248
February 1, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-235
You will examine the organization and direction of funeral services and visitations. You will also explore the various support services available.

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


30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 7, 2015 - January 8, 2016
Registration deadline: September 11, 2015
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$418.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-250
February 8, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$418.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-237
You will examine patterns of marriage and family in Canadian society. You will explore the issues and challenges facing families and develop strategies to improve family function.

Regina course is offered as facilitated study – a combination of independent study and classroom instruction.

Prerequisites: Completion of Funeral Service core courses, Core Work Experience (WORK 192) & Core Practicum (PRAC 176) for Funeral Service students


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 5, 2016 - March 10, 2016
Tue, Thu - 9:00-10:59 am
Registration deadline: January 5, 2016
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$465.00ReginaCRN: 201503-1017
October 12, 2015 - February 26, 2016
Registration deadline: October 16, 2015
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-185
January 25, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-163
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
January 5, 2016 - February 4, 2016
Tue, Thu - 7:00-9:59 pm
Room: 250
Registration deadline: December 18, 2016
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$333.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201503-620
September 2, 2015 - November 4, 2015
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration deadline: August 26, 2015
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$343.00ReginaCRN: 201502-117
September 14, 2015 - November 4, 2015
Mon, Wed - 9:00-10:59 am
Registration deadline: September 7, 2015
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$343.00ReginaCRN: 201502-143
January 13, 2016 - March 23, 2016
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration deadline: January 19, 2016
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$343.00ReginaCRN: 201503-410
September 14, 2015 - December 4, 2015
Registration deadline: October 2, 2015
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-326
September 14, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-194
October 5, 2015 - February 5, 2016
Registration deadline: October 9, 2015
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-195
January 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-176
January 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-230
January 25, 2016 - April 15, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-321
February 15, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 19, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-177
March 21, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$333.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-322
September 8, 2015 - December 4, 2015
Registration deadline: September 1, 2015
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$391.00OnlineCRN: 201502-702
April 11, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: April 4, 2016
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$391.00OnlineCRN: 201503-721
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.

40 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - January 4, 2016
Registration deadline: September 11, 2015
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-381
October 27, 2015 - February 19, 2016
Registration deadline: October 30, 2015
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-383
January 5, 2016 - April 29, 2016
Registration deadline: January 8, 2016
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-390
February 2, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-391
March 1, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: March 4, 2016
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-393
April 19, 2016 - August 12, 2016
Registration deadline: April 22, 2016
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$450.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-394
Your studies will introduce you to basic skills in the use of desktop publishing software for designing, editing and delivering different documents. You will learn the fundamentals of design for simple desktop publishing.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - November 13, 2015
Registration deadline: September 28, 2015
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201502-94
January 11, 2016 - March 18, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201503-77
March 20, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201503-78
You will receive instruction and practice in creating, modifying and delivering a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. You will enhance the presentation by adding charts, tables, visual elements, multimedia, transition effects and animations. You will study how to present, distribute and customize presentations.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - November 13, 2015
Registration deadline: September 28, 2015
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201502-93
January 11, 2016 - March 18, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201503-73
March 20, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201503-74
Your studies will introduce you to the purpose and uses of a word processor and electronic spreadsheet. You will develop the basic skills of creating, editing and formatting documents and spreadsheets.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - November 13, 2015
Registration deadline: September 28, 2015
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201502-61
January 11, 2016 - March 18, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201503-54
March 20, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Registration deadline: April 8, 2016
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$207.00OnlineCRN: 201503-55
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: Orientation to Funeral Services, For Funeral Service program students


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 5, 2015 - February 19, 2016
Registration deadline: October 9, 2015
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-243
January 25, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-228
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).

45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 8, 2016 - June 24, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-945
You will learn the prefixes, suffixes and combining forms from which medical terms are derived. You will also learn medical abbreviations.

10 hours/9 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials including a medical dictionary
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - November 13, 2015
Registration deadline: September 25, 2015
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$127.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-506
January 4, 2016 - March 3, 2016
Registration deadline: January 15, 2016
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$127.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-525
March 21, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: April 1, 2016
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$127.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-526
May 23, 2016 - July 22, 2016
Registration deadline: June 3, 2016
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$127.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201504-59
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: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology), For Funeral Service students only


30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 21, 2015 - January 22, 2016
Registration deadline: September 25, 2015
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$353.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-242
February 1, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$353.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-229
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


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 31, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Registration deadline: September 4, 2015
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-245
February 1, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-232
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: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology) (Concurrent), Embalming (Concurrent), Interpersonal Communications (Concurrent), Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service (Concurrent), Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (Concurrent), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (Concurrent), Jurisprudence and Ethics (Concurrent), Psychology 1 (Concurrent), Restorative Arts (Concurrent), Written and Oral Communications (Concurrent), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (Concurrent), Core Work Experience (Concurrent), Medical Terminology (180) (Concurrent), Microbiology for Funeral Service (Concurrent), Funeral Service Core Practicum, Funeral Services Embalming Practicum, Orientation to Funeral Services, Psychology of Grief, Funeral Service program students only


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 28, 2015 - February 12, 2016
Registration deadline: October 2, 2015
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-252
March 7, 2016 - July 22, 2016
Registration deadline: March 11, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-241
Your studies will focus on the importance of professionalism in the operation of a small business. You will explore the following topics: ethics, time and stress management, professional development, public image, and social responsibility.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - November 20, 2015
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$227.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-920
January 11, 2016 - March 18, 2016
Registration deadline: January 15, 2016
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$227.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-946
In the course you will be introduced to the study of psychology as a science. You will explore the study of human behaviour by examining concepts including: perception, sensation, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotion, states of consciousness, personality, and the relationship between health and stress.

34 hours/12 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 8, 2015 - November 27, 2015
Registration deadline: September 8, 2015
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$522.00OnlineCRN: 201502-98
January 4, 2016 - March 25, 2016
Registration deadline: January 4, 2016
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$522.00OnlineCRN: 201503-80
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: Psychology 1, Funeral Service program students, Psychology (PSYC 160)


45 hours/20 weeks (Saskatoon) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 1, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Registration deadline: February 5, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-233
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.

30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 14, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Registration deadline: September 18, 2015
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$363.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201502-241
January 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Registration deadline: January 22, 2016
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$363.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-227

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