Credential: Ontario College CertificateProgram Code: 07761Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:
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. Successful completion of the program will result in qualifying to write the licensing examination administered by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. There is an additional cost for certification examinations.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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 on 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.
On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.