Funeral Directors are caring and expressive people, whose poise, tact and empathy make them a perfect fit to lead all aspects of a funeral service. 

As a Funeral Director, you are tasked with working with families to coordinate aspects of the funeral service—from preparing the body through to burial or cremation.  

This important role requires great care, as you must ensure that funeral rites are completed and remains are stored, handled and moved respectfully. You’ll work with families to determine what funeral journey works best for them.

What You'll Learn

  • How to plan and schedule funeral services 
  • How to preserve and prepare human remains 
  • How to coordinate burials and cremations 
  • How to speak to grieving families about funeral arrangements 
  • How to manage funeral home operations and staff 

Key Job Skills

  • Funeral practices, law and service ethics 
  • Human anatomy and physiology  
  • Safety, sanitation and hygiene practices 
  • Communications and business management  
  • Embalming theory 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 8 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
3600 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$20.00 — $34.32

Program Updates

No challenge process is currently available for this certification. This decision is currently under review. For further information please contact the BC Funeral Association on 1-250-592-3213 and at info [at] (info[at]bcfunerals[dot]com)

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