All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.
An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.
An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.
Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.
Upon acceptance into the program and prior to the start of classes, the following requirements must be completed:
Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.
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Fees are subject to change.
Approximately $1,500 for textbooks and lab fees in year one.Fees by Semester
Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.
Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.
Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.
Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick
Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick. Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.
For further information, contact:
Anne Marie Stephen
Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.
Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.
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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.
If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.
In order to continue with your application for Funeral Director Class 1, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This document contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration.
Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission. Please refer to the program page at www.humber.ca to verify this program’s academic admission requirements. If you have any questions, please contact
Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent, resume, and a questionnaire that demonstrates evidence of observation or work experience in a funeral home.
i. Letter of Intent
Applicants must submit a 300-word letter of intent that describes how they will demonstrate professionalism while working as a funeral director and have a positive impact on the funeral industry.
Applicants must submit a current resume.
The questionnaire is to be completed by the funeral director who supervised your observation or work experience.
Applicants must submit the letter of intent and resume through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to https://humber.slideroom.com and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.
The questionnaire that documents the applicants’ observation and work experience must be downloaded from SlideRoom, provided to the funeral director who supervised them for completion, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the funeral director. The questionnaire must be formatted as a PDF file with the applicant's name and student number in the subject line.
All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.
Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.
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Humber’s Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming) diploma program draws students from around the world, preparing them to make a difference in the lives of people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This is the only English-speaking Funeral Service Education program in Ontario.
Courses are designed with industry input, ensuring that what you’re learning is current and relevant. You will learn all aspects of funeral home operation, as well as the practical and theoretical sides of funeral service. Embalming lab courses will prepare you for the technical side of the program, while courses in issues of grief and bereavement prepare you for the emotional side. Courses in arranging, ethics and embalming will enable you to explain all options to families. Business courses will help you understand the challenges of operating a business.
The use of funeral service labs, as well as a one-year paid work placement with co-operating funeral homes in Ontario, will aid in you gaining practical experience.
Humber also offers a Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) program FD221.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Provide an accurate explanation of the rationale behind his/her actions, grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the relevant policies, practices and financial implications that guide the performance of the scope of practice of the Funeral Director – Class 1 (embalming) role.
Communicate clearly, sensitively and respectfully with potential purchasers all relevant information related to various options and possible implications of decisions made at the time of purchase, as permitted by legislation in the scope of practice for the specified licence classification including:
Communicate and apply an accurate and comprehensive understanding of prearranging and prepayment including investment vehicles, insurance, trust reconciliation and financing of prepaid contracts within legislative scope of practice.
Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with principles and accepted practices of the funeral sector, using professional language.
Complete all aspects of business operations for a funeral establishment that provides embalming on site or transfer service, in the capacity of an owner/manager consistent with legislated responsibilities in a legal, ethical, safe and efficient manner across a broad range of predictable and unpredictable contexts.
Arrange (prearrange) and document funeral services, disposition details, related transactions and follow up services with the legal representative in an effective, professional, caring and creative manner.
Engage in, and plan for, ongoing personal and professional development, networking/community relations and inter- professional collaboration.
Provide effective leadership and contribute to the supervision and mentoring of all team members, including licensees, support staff, and/or interns in a professional, caring and creative manner through providing appropriate direction as it relates to the delivery of funeral service.
Lead, establish, maintain and participate effectively in funeral establishment work teams consisting of licensees, support staff and/or interns demonstrating at all times the ability to learn, grow and work together.
Care for and handle the deceased respectfully and safely at all times.
Complete and perform effectively and efficiently all non-embalming preparation processes.
Direct funeral services and visitation in a respectful and sensitive manner consistent with the direction of the legal representative.
Complete prepaid contract related documents and related financial matters in accordance with applicable legislation.
Coordinate and deliver the selected disposition services and follow up services, effectively, professionally and consistent with, and supportive of, the wishes of the legal representative.
Make decisions ethically and professionally based on a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an owner/manager of the applicable business licence class pursuant to the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA).
The Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the provincial regulator, has approved that students of the program shall complete a one-year work placement before they can be licensed.
To progress into semester three, students must start a full-time (paid) work placement in a funeral home after they have successfully completed exams in semester two. During semesters three through five of this program, students complete their learning by distance, and many of their assignments are based on the practical experience they are gaining in the funeral home. Humber assists students as they find their placements by working with our industry partners to identify openings; funeral homes will often send job postings to Humber. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement with an Ontario funeral home.
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Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. Teachers are licensed funeral directors with specializations in different capacities. They periodically work in the field and regularly attend professional association meetings ensuring material is current, relevant and covers all angles.
“The program not only prepares you for a career in funeral services, but it has helped to make me a more rounded person.” - Lindsay J.
Well-equipped labs feature cutting-edge equipment, will aid in you gaining practical experience.
You care deeply for others and always have. You genuinely want to help and your sensitive nature, ability to communicate, relate and bond with people makes you the perfect person to help. These unique qualities could also make you a successful funeral director.
Take your passion for caring for people into a career in funeral services. If you are a compassionate and tolerant person with a strong desire to help people of all sociocultural backgrounds, you will have a fulfilling career in this field. Graduates can work as a junior licensed funeral director, funeral pre-planner, transfer service sales representative and in other roles. Graduates are also prepared for ownership and management opportunities. Our graduate employment rate is approximately 85 per cent.
Humber is recognized as one of two programs (the only English program) in Ontario approved by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. After completing the program and placement, graduates must complete an exam in order to be licensed. Once licensed, graduates are eligible to work in any of Ontario’s funeral homes and can apply to transfer their Ontario license to other provinces. There is an additional cost for certifications. Examinations are administered by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.
Additional requirements may apply.
Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
This information is accurate as of December 2016.
Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.