Funeral Director (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety 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 program includes work-integrated learning opportunities through an orientation to the funeral services industry and two practicums.

As a Funeral Director, 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.

The following learning outcomes are integrated into the program:

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

As a student, you 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. You'll gain knowledge and training to provide them with essential services involved in the 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.

As a student in the Funeral Director program, you must also register as a student with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (pdf) (FCSCS). 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 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


Computer Applications for Funeral Services (COAP-178CE)
Written and Oral Communications (COM-101CE)
Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291CE)
Jurisprudence and Ethics (ETHC-184CE)
Arrange Funerals (FNRL-181CE)
Direct Funerals (FNRL-281CE)
Business Practices and Processes in the Funeral Service Industry (FNRL-282CE)
Leadership and Group Dynamics (LEAD-180CE)
Indigenous Studies (NAST-102CE)
Orientation to Funeral Service (ORTN-199CE)
Professionalism (PD-143CE)
Customer Service (PR-145CE)
Core Practicum (PRAC-176CE)
Funeral Director Practicum (PRAC-278CE)
Psychology 1 (PSYC-160CE)
Psychology of Grief (PSYC-280CE)
Core Work Experience (WORK-192CE)