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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), Core Work Experience (WORK 192), Funeral Service Core Practicum (PRAC 176), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service (PSYC 281), Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (COMP 172), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (COMP 179), Jurisprudence and Ethics (ETHC 184), Medical Terminology (180) (MTER 180), Microbiology for Funeral Service (MICR 185), Orientation to Funeral Services (ORTN 199), Psychology 1 (PSYC 160), Psychology of Grief (PSYC 280), Written and Oral Communications (COM 101), Leadership and Group Dynamics (LEAD 180), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (COAP 171), 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 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$442.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-293
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), Core Work Experience (WORK 192), Funeral Service Core Practicum (PRAC 176), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Interpersonal Skills in Funeral Service (PSYC 281), Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel (COMP 172), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (COMP 179), Jurisprudence and Ethics (ETHC 184), Medical Terminology (180) (MTER 180), Microbiology for Funeral Service (MICR 185), Orientation to Funeral Services (ORTN 199), Psychology 1 (PSYC 160), 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


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-296
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 3, 2017 - May 5, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$335.00OnlineCRN: 201603-301
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 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$442.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-295
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
November 9, 2016 - December 7, 2016
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 237
Registration deadline: November 2, 2016
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$335.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201602-581
February 13, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-344
October 3, 2016 - February 3, 2017
Registration deadline: October 7, 2016
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-305
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-290
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-345
January 30, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-197
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-198
April 10, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
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$408.00OnlineCRN: 201604-39
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
November 1, 2016 - February 24, 2017
Registration deadline: November 4, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-641
January 3, 2017 - April 21, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-703
February 7, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-704
March 7, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-705
April 25, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Registration deadline: April 28, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-706
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 12, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Registration deadline: October 21, 2016
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201602-3041
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-2795
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 12, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Registration deadline: October 21, 2016
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201602-110
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-104
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 12, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Registration deadline: October 21, 2016
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201602-105
January 9, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$215.00OnlineCRN: 201603-99
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


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$497.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-291
October 3, 2016 - February 17, 2017
Registration deadline: October 7, 2016
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$497.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-274
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 6, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-395
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-461
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


30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 30, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Registration deadline: January 30, 2017
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$367.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-3121
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
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$497.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-298
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


45 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
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$484.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-280
March 6, 2017 - July 21, 2017
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
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$484.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-299
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
January 9, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017
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$195.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-300
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
January 4, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$451.00OnlineCRN: 201603-435
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)


45 hours/20 weeks (Saskatoon) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$484.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-302
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
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-289
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