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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.

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) (APHY 189), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (COMP 172), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (COMP 179), Jurisprudence and Ethics (ETHC 184), Written and Oral Communications (COM 101), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (COAP 171), Core Work Experience (WORK 192), Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service (PSYC 281), Medical Terminology (180) (MTER 180), Microbiology for Funeral Service (MICR 185), Psychology 1 (PSYC 160), Leadership and Group Dynamics (LEAD 180), Funeral Service Core Practicum (PRAC 176), Orientation to Funeral Services (ORTN 199), Psychology of Grief (PSYC 280), Professionalism (PD 143), 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
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) (APHY 189), Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service (PSYC 281), Medical Terminology (180) (MTER 180), Psychology 1 (PSYC 160), Core Work Experience (WORK 192), Funeral Service Core Practicum (PRAC 176), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (COMP 172), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (COMP 179), Jurisprudence and Ethics (ETHC 184), Microbiology for Funeral Service (MICR 185), Orientation to Funeral Services (ORTN 199), Psychology of Grief (PSYC 280), Written and Oral Communications (COM 101), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (COAP 171), Completion of all Funeral Service core courses, WORK 192 and PRAC 176


This course currently has no offerings.

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.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2016 - April 22, 2016
Registration deadline: February 15, 2016
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$313.00OnlineCRN: 201503-549
You will examine the organization and direction of funeral services and visitations. You will also explore the various support services available.

Prerequisites: Arrange Funerals (FNRL 181), 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
February 8, 2016 - June 10, 2016
Registration deadline: February 12, 2016
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$418.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201503-237
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 (ORTN 199), For Funeral Service program students


This course currently has no offerings.

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 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) (APHY 189), For Funeral Service students only


This course currently has no offerings.

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


This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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


This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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