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Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming)

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Program Code: FD211 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 5 semesters
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Program Overview

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 and opportunities of operating a business.

Humber also offers a Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) program FD221.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

    • 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
  3. 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.

  4. Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with principles and accepted practices of the funeral sector, using professional language.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Engage in, and plan for, ongoing personal and professional development, networking/community relations and inter- professional collaboration.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Care for and handle the deceased respectfully and safely at all times.

  11. Complete and perform effectively and efficiently all non-embalming preparation processes and arterial embalming and restoration processes.

  12. Direct funeral services and visitation in a respectful and sensitive manner consistent with the direction of the legal representative.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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).


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Work Placement

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario, the provincial regulator, states that students of the program will complete a one-year work placement before they can be licensed.

To progress into Semester 3, students must start a full-time (paid) work placement in a funeral home after they have successfully completed exams in Semester 2. During Semesters 3 through 5, students complete their full-time learning by distance, and many of their assignments are based on the practical experience they are gaining in the funeral home. Humber assists students in finding placements by working with industry partners to identify openings. However, students are responsible for finding their own work placement with a licensed Ontario funeral establishment.

The Humber Experience

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We Know What It Takes

Humber is a leading-edge facility in every respect. Faculty 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 addressing all scenarios.

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Student Testimonial

"There was never a time when I felt that I couldn’t reach out to any faculty member for additional instruction, clarification or general advice. In fact in my experience there were several times that I reached out for extra help and the response was always immediate and beyond my expectations. I knew I was in good hands from the very beginning." - Guy P.

The Humber Advantage

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State-of-the-art Facilities

Well-equipped labs feature leading edge equipment, will aid in you gaining practical experience.


One Leaf Tree

The Funeral Service Program thanks the donors and families of Humber's Human Body Donor Program. The Faculty prioritizes respect for all peoples, living and deceased, and those who are part of programs that deal with decedents as part of their training adhere to the highest levels of ethical practise.


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 director.


Your Career

Take your passion for caring for people into a career in funeral services. If you are a compassionate and creative person with a strong desire to help people of all sociocultural backgrounds, you may have a fulfilling career in this field. Graduates can work as a funeral home manager, junior licensed funeral director, funeral pre-planner, transfer service sales representative among other roles. Graduates are also prepared for ownership and management opportunities. Our graduate employment rate is approximately 85 per cent.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO)

Humber is recognized by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) as an approved educational institution that provide Funeral Service Education, one of two institutions (the only English institution) in Ontario.

The program helps to prepare students to write the entry-to-practice exam 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.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 6 requirements:

  • Academic

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

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • Resume and Letter of Intent

  • Applicants must submit a current resume and 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.

     

  • Questionnaire

  • The questionnaire is to be completed by the funeral director who supervised your observation or work experience. The observation in a funeral home takes up to 40 hours to complete and applicants are required to arrange their own observation experience.

  • Class G2 Driver's Licence

  • To meet work placement requirements in the program, applicants must provide proof of an Ontario G2 Driver's Licence or equivalent.

    Submission Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Lab and Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of Semester 1 lab. Participation in Semester 1 lab, and subsequent Semester 3 placement, will not be allowed if not all the prerequisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program’s lab and placement prerequisite requirements.

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

Michelle Clarke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4260
michelle.clarke@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $1,500 - textbooks and lab fees (for two semesters).

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Michelle Clarke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4260
michelle.clarke@humber.ca

How to Apply

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.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

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