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Funeral Pre-Planner

Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Code: 07761 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

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.

College Transfer Applicants

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.

University Transfer Applicants

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.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Post-Admission Requirements:

Most employers expect their staff to possess a valid Class G driver’s licence.  Additionally, The Bereavement Authority of Ontario will require all students to provide a police record check at the time of licensing. 

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017OnlineClosedCheck Availability >
September 2018OnlineOpenNot Available

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $2,348.29
  • international: $7,985.50

Fees are subject to change.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Diploma Pathways

Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming) 

Qualified graduates of the Funeral Pre-Planner certificate program will be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study in the Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming) or Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) programs, should they wish to upgrade their credential and become a licensed funeral director.

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Qualified graduates of this certificate program will be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study in the Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming) or Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) programs, should they wish to upgrade their credential and become a licensed funeral director.

Future Study Options

Continue to build on your strong foundation. We can help you find your passion at Humber through the many diploma and degree programs available to successful certificate graduates. 

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Michelle Clarke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4260



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through 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

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If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Funeral Pre-Planner certificate program prepares you to work with people who wish to plan their funeral in advance. Our program is the only English-speaking Funeral Pre-Planner certificate in Ontario recognized by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO). The curriculum has been developed according to the BAO’s professional competencies for this personal license.

Courses are designed with industry input, ensuring that you are studying the most current and relevant information. You will learn all aspects of the pre-need side of the funeral service industry, everything from gaining skills for working with families to learning about financial investment options.

The ethics course prepares students for the great number of ethical issues that funeral professionals face, while the business operations course provides the basics of working in or operating a business including a focus on applicable legislation. The Grief Issues course provides the foundation to understand the psychological concepts in the areas of grief, bereavement and mourning.

Note: Due to provincial licensing requirements, this program is available only to domestic students.

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 all scope practice of the Funeral Pre-Planner 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 the legislative scope of practice for the specified licence classification including:

    • explaining funeral service and disposition options including arterial embalming and restoration.
    • explaining clearly and accurately prearranging and prefunding services, product knowledge and merchandise and financial implications.
    • managing effectively and sensitively all applicable contractual negotiations and obligations, financing options, and requirements for service and product delivery.
    • referring to other licensed professionals when outside the legislative scope of practice.
  • 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.

  • Contribute to relevant and appropriate aspects of funeral establishment business operations in a legal, ethical, safe and efficient manner across a broad range of predictable and unpredictable contexts.

  • Pre-arrange and document funeral services, disposition details and follow up services with the purchaser 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.

  • Contribute effectively 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 prearrangement activities.

  • 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.

  • Complete prepaid contract related documents and related financial matters in accordance with applicable legislation.

  • Coordinate and deliver the selected follow up services effectively, professionally and consistent with, and supportive of, the wishes of the legal representative.


Work Placement

The provincial regulator, Bereavement Authority of Ontario, has approved that students shall complete a three-month paid work placement before they can be licensed. It is strongly advised that interested applicants secure a work placement before applying for studies, as some funeral establishments do not use pre-planners, making the work placement potentially difficult to find.

The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

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 pre-planner.

We Know What it Takes

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 Humber Advantage

student looking at coffins

State-of-the-art Labs

The School of Health Sciences has the benefit of an on-site Funeral Services Selection Room to be used for in-class assignments or field placement experiences.

Your Career

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, you will have a fulfilling career in this field. Graduates of this program can work as a funeral pre-planner in the field of funeral service.

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.