Embalmer (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety Certificate

Program Overview

This program is delivered by distance learning in cooperation with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan. The program includes work-integrated learning opportunities through an orientation to the funeral services industry and two practicums. 

Your studies focus on pathophysiology, embalming, restorative arts, communication and professionalism. You will learn how to prepare human remains for funerals and burial. This program works together with the practical components in the sixteen-week practicum that are essential to integrating the core concepts with practice.

The following learning outcomes are integrated into the program:

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

As a student in the Embalmer program, you must also register as a student with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (pdf). The Council oversees the internships in funeral homes after you have completed the certificate.

Before registering for a course, if you are not already employed by a funeral home or not a member of the council, please contact the program head, Dayna Chamberlain at 306-690-6534 or dayna.chamberlain@saskpolytech.ca for more information.

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Program Head

Dayna Chamberlain

In order to graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply and be admitted before taking WORK 192


Anatomy and Physiology (APHY-189CE)
Written and Oral Communications (COM-101CE)
Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291CE)
Jurisprudence and Ethics (ETHC-184CE)
Restorative Art (FNRL-180CE)
Embalming 1 (FNRL-182CE)
Embalming 2 (FNRL-183CE)
Leadership and Group Dynamics (LEAD-180CE)
Microbiology for Funeral Services (MICR-185CE)
Indigenous Studies (NAST-102CE)
Orientation to Funeral Service (ORTN-199CE)
Pathophysiology (PATH-186CE)
Professionalism (PD-143CE)
Core Practicum (PRAC-176CE)
Embalming Practicum (PRAC-277CE)
Core Work Experience (WORK-192CE)