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Funeral Director

Certificate

Program Overview

The Funeral Director certificate program is delivered by distance learning in cooperation with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan. The Council oversees the internships in funeral homes after students have completed the certificate.

The program includes work-integrated learning opportunities through Work Experience 192, which is a general orientation to the funeral services industry, and two practicum opportunities (PRAC 176 and PRAC 278).

The following learning outcomes are integrated into the program:

  • workplace professionalism
  • communication
  • observation and learning in the workplace
  • basic safety training
  • professional ethics

Students will study a variety of courses specific to being a funeral director. 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 loved ones.

This program is delivered by home study and work experience/practicum placements. The home study, involving print correspondence and online courses, allows you to remain in your home community to do your course work; you are not required to move to take this program, but you may need to travel for exams and work experiences/practicums.

Work experience/practicum placements will take place in both rural and urban locations. Your placement may be in a location outside your home community; therefore, you may incur extra expenses.

All students in the Funeral Director program must also register as students with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (FCSCS). Refer to their website for more information.

With this Funeral Director specialty you will learn how to coordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Your studies will focus on professionalism, leadership, basic psychology, and arranging and directing funeral services.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Funeral Directors are employed by funeral homes. In Saskatchewan, opportunities exist in both rural and urban centres. Many Funeral Directors also choose to obtain their Embalmer certificate and license.

As a licensed Funeral Director in Saskatchewan, you may apply to work in other provinces as well. Check with the provincial regulatory board in each province for their requirements. 

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September and January



Length: 32 weeks

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note:

  • Accepted applicants may be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • Employers and/or supervisors of students on practicum may require a valid driver's license.
  • CPR 'A' and Standard First Aid may be required for practicum placements.
  • Current immunization according to the Canadian immunization guidelines is recommended.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Reading
  • 80 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Varies by course

Courses

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COAP 178
Computer Applications for Funeral Services
3
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You will develop the basic skills for creating, editing, and formatting electronic documents that are required in the funeral services industry. You will also work with multimedia software to create and deliver a presentation such as a photo tribute.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 178CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
COM 101
Written and Oral Communications
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 120, COM 101CE, COMM 292
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
COMM 291
Interpersonal Communications
2
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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, and listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, COMM 291CE, COMM 381, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN, Work Based Delivery
ETHC 184
Jurisprudence and Ethics
3
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You will gain an understanding of the acts, bylaws and regulations that govern funerals. The course will also include information about the professional and ethical practices that are important in this profession.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ETHC 184CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
FNRL 181
Arrange Funerals
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 178, COM 101, COMM 291, ETHC 184, LEAD 180, NAST 102, PD 143, ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, WORK 192
Equivalent Course(s): FNRL 181CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group
FNRL 281
Direct Funerals
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): FNRL 181(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): FNRL 281CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group
FNRL 282
Business Practices and Processes in the Funeral Service Industry
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 189, COAP 171, COM 101, COMM 291, COMP 172, COMP 179, ETHC 184, MICR 185, MTER 180, ORTN 199, PRAC 176, PSYC 160, PSYC 280, PSYC 281, WORK 192
Equivalent Course(s): FNRL 282CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group
LEAD 180
Leadership and Group Dynamics
3
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You will be introduced to the concepts of leadership and group dynamics. You will be introduced to the theory of leadership, ethics and professionalism. The course will focus on group processes and their practical application including the collaborative process, conducting meetings, and leading discussion groups and decision making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEAD 180CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
NAST 102
Indigenous Studies
3
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You will receive an introduction to First Nations and Metis Nations peoples in Canada. You will examine historical and current issues that affect Aboriginal peoples. You will explore racism and will develop an understanding of how self-awareness impacts helping relationships.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NAST 102CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
ORTN 199
Orientation to Funeral Service
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ORTN 199CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
PD 143
Professionalism
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): PD 143CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual
PR 145
Customer Service
2
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You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. The course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints, and dealing with difficult people.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PR 145CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PRAC 176
Core Practicum
4
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You will spend two weeks in an approved funeral home and participate in assigned duties such as transfer of the deceased, 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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): WORK 192(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 176CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
PRAC 278
Funeral Director Practicum
16
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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.
Credit Units: 16
Course Hours: 240.0
Prerequisites(s): FNRL 181, FNRL 281, FNRL 282, YCW 282
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 278CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Clinical/Practicum-Individual
PSYC 160
Psychology 1
2
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Your studies will include the theories and concepts that form the foundation 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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PSYC 160CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
PSYC 280
Psychology of Grief
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): PSYC 280CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
WORK 192
Core Work Experience
0
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You will spend one week in an approved funeral home in your community observing practices in providing care of deceased, 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.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): WORK 192CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning, Work Experience -Individual

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