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Diploma in Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming)

Humber College’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.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2.5 years
Starting in: September 2020
Tuition Fee: CAD 7,496 per semester
Location: North Campus (Toronto, Canada)

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 Humber College’s Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming) diploma 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.

Work Placement

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 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 learning by distance, and many of their assignments are based on the practical experience they are gaining in the funeral home. Humber assists students to find their placements by working with our industry partners to identify openings. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement with a licensed Ontario funeral establishment.

Courses include:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Grief Issues
  • Funeral Arrangements
  • Vascular Embalming and Practicum
  • Embalming Theory and Procedures
  • Business Operations
  • Ethics

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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 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.

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