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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: Core Work Experience, Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology), Funeral Service Core Practicum, Interpersonal Communications, Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel, Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, Jurisprudence and Ethics, Medical Terminology (180), Microbiology for Funeral Service, Orientation to Funeral Services, Psychology 1, Psychology of Grief, Written and Oral Communications, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, 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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-422February 9, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
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$400.00Home Study (Print)
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), Core Work Experience, Funeral Service Core Practicum, Interpersonal Communications, Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel, Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, Jurisprudence and Ethics, Medical Terminology (180), Microbiology for Funeral Service, Orientation to Funeral Services, Psychology 1, 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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-432February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$395.01Home Study (Print)
You will spend one week in an approved funeral home in your community observing practices in providing care of body/remains, funeral arrangements and services. You will participate in related duties as assigned by your supervisor and will be expected to demonstrate professionalism at all times.

Prerequisites: You must have formally applied for admission and have been accepted into the Funeral Service program before registering for the practicum. Students cannot be guaranteed specific practicum sites or dates. It will depend on availability and suitability.


30 hours/1 week
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2014 - June 19, 2015$0.00Home Study (Print)
You will examine the organization and direction of funeral services and visitations. You will also explore the various support services available.

Prerequisites: Core Work Experience, 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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-424February 9, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
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$400.00Home Study (Print)
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: Pathophysiology (Concurrent), Core Work Experience (Concurrent), Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology) (Concurrent), Funeral Service Core Practicum (Concurrent), Funeral Services Embalming Practicum (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), Medical Terminology (180) (Concurrent), Microbiology for Funeral Service (Concurrent), Orientation to Funeral Services (Concurrent), Psychology 1 (Concurrent), Psychology of Grief (Concurrent), Restorative Arts (Concurrent), Written and Oral Communications (Concurrent), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (Concurrent), Funeral Service students only


75 hours/30 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-423February 2, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Sun, Sat - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saskatoon Mandatory Workshop: Sa&Su, Mar 21-22, 9 am-5pm, Room 147
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
Register Online
$740.01Home Study (Print)
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


45 hours/20 weeks (print), $440 (Regina), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-445January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2015
Funeral Services students only
Register Online
$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-448January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Youth Care Worker students only
Register Online
$395.01Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-553January 6, 2015 - March 24, 2015
Tue, Thu - 9:00-11:00 am
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2015
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$440.00Regina
You will spend two weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in assigned duties (such as the transfer of body/remains, case analysis of body/remains, non-embalming preparations and other duties) under the direct supervision of a licensed embalmer and/or funeral director. You will be expected to demonstrate professionalism at all times.

Prerequisites: Interpersonal Communications, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel, Jurisprudence and Ethics, Microbiology for Funeral Service, Medical Terminology (180), Psychology 1, Core Work Experience, Psychology of Grief, Introduction to Desktop Publishing, Desktop Publishing (COAP 171)


60 hours/2 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2014 - June 12, 2015$0.00Saskatoon
You will spend eight weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in all aspects of the embalming process under the direct supervision of a licensed embalmer. You will also participate in restorative art procedures. You will be expected to submit case studies of all embalming and restorative art procedures to your supervisor. You will model professional attitudes and practices in all aspects of your assigned duties.

Prior to registration you must be assessed for practicum readiness by program head at 306-690-6534.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology) (Concurrent), Core Work Experience (Concurrent), Embalming (Concurrent), Funeral Service Core Practicum (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), Medical Terminology (180) (Concurrent), Microbiology for Funeral Service (Concurrent), Orientation to Funeral Services (Concurrent), Pathophysiology (Concurrent), Psychology 1 (Concurrent), Psychology of Grief (Concurrent), Restorative Arts (Concurrent), Written and Oral Communications (Concurrent), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (Concurrent)


240 hours
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2014 - June 12, 2015$0.00Saskatoon
You will spend eight weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in funeral arrangements and directing funeral services under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director. You will model professional attitudes and practices in all aspects of your assigned duties.

Prior to registration you must be assessed for practicum readiness by program head at 306-690-6534.

Prerequisites: Core Work Experience, Arrange Funerals, Direct Funerals, Business Practices and Processes in the Funeral Service Industry, Family Systems, Core Practicum (PRAC 176) , completion of all FS core theory courses


240 hours/8 weeks
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: TBASeptember 8, 2014 - June 12, 2015$0.00Saskatoon
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.

30 hours/18 weeks, $376 (print & online), $265 (Regina) Additional costs: Text
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-824April 13, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015
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$376.00Online
CRN: 201403-694January 26, 2015 - April 17, 2015
CCA students only
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-1764March 23, 2015 - June 12, 2015
CCA students only
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
Register Now
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-397January 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
DSW, EA, ECE-C & YCW-C students only
Mandatory workshop, May 16, 9 am-4 pm, room 144
Registration Deadline: January 19, 2015
Register Online
$310.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-635January 7, 2015 - March 18, 2015
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 106
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2015
Register Online
$265.00Regina
CRN: 201403-333January 8, 2015 - March 12, 2015
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2015
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$325.00Regina
You will learn to distinguish between “normal” and “complicated” grief and respond appropriately to both. Your skill in offering compassionate support to grieving clients will be enhanced through focused practice. Your proficiency in applying the most appropriate techniques to help individuals and families through difficult times will be improved through directed practice.

Prerequisites: Psychology of Grief


45 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-433February 9, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
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$395.01Distance
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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-128January 6, 2015 - May 1, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015
Register Online
$425.00Distance
CRN: 201403-129February 3, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$425.00Distance
CRN: 201403-130March 3, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015
Register Online
$425.00Distance
CRN: 201403-131April 21, 2015 - August 14, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 24, 2015
Register Online
$425.00Distance
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.

CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-589January 12, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$199.00Distance
CRN: 201403-591March 23, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
Register Online
$199.00Distance
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.

CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-571January 12, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$199.00Distance
CRN: 201403-572March 23, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
Register Online
$199.00Distance
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.

CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-561January 12, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
Register Online
$199.00Distance
CRN: 201403-562March 23, 2015 - May 29, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2015
Register Online
$199.00Distance
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: Core Work Experience, Orientation to Funeral Services, For Funeral Service program students


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-430January 26, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
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$445.01Distance
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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-710January 5, 2015 - March 6, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$120.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-321January 12, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Therapeutic Recreation students only
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$120.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-431January 12, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Human Services Students Only
Registration Deadline: January 16, 2015
Register Online
$120.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201403-712March 23, 2015 - May 22, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
Register Online
$120.00Home Study (Print)
CRN: 201404-100May 25, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 5, 2015
Register Online
$120.00Home Study (Print)
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: Core Work Experience, 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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-427February 2, 2015 - June 5, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$335.00Distance
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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-435February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
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$445.01Distance
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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-111January 5, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 5, 2015
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$504.00Online
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: Core Work Experience, Psychology 1, Funeral Service program students, Psychology (PSYC 160)


45 hours/20 weeks (Saskatoon) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-426February 2, 2015 - June 19, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2015
Register Online
$445.01Distance
You will study restorative art processes using appropriate cosmetics, instruments and appliances. You will also examine processes for the difficult and autopsied cases.

Prerequisites: Core Work Experience (Concurrent), Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (also called Anatomy and Physiology) (Concurrent), Embalming (Concurrent), Funeral Service Core Practicum (Concurrent), Funeral Services Embalming Practicum (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), Medical Terminology (180) (Concurrent), Microbiology for Funeral Service (Concurrent), Orientation to Funeral Services (Concurrent), Pathophysiology (Concurrent), Psychology 1 (Concurrent), Psychology of Grief (Concurrent), Written and Oral Communications (Concurrent), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (Concurrent), Funeral Service students only


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-421February 9, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Sun, Sat - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saskatoon Mandatory Workshop: Sa&Su, Mar 21-22, 9 am-5 pm, Room 147
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015
Register Online
$445.01Saskatoon
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
CRNStart DateFeeLocation
CRN: 201403-434January 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 19, 2015
Register Online
$360.00Distance

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