2014/15 Program

Funeral Service Education

Our Program

The Humber Funeral Services Education 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 what you’re learning is current and relevant. Students will learn all aspects of funeral home operation, as well as the practical and theoretical sides of funeral service. Embalming Lab courses prepare you for the technical side of the program, while Issues in Grief and Bereavement for Funeral Services prepares you for the emotional side. Funeral Services – Small Business Management helps students understand the challenges of operating a business.

Students learn in both the bioscience and funeral service labs at Humber’s North Campus, gaining practical experience through a combination of lab work, as well as a one-year paid work placement with co-operating funeral homes in Ontario.

Due to 2013 changes in the Ontario legislation that governs the field of funeral service, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act (FBCSA), this program is currently under revision. The program will be offered and the curriculum will meet the professional competencies as required by the Ontario Board of Funeral Service and will enable graduates to write the provincial licensing exam. Refer to the following website for updated information, healthsciences.humber.ca/programs/diplomas/funeral-services.

Note: For those who are not interested in becoming funeral directors who have a licence to embalm, Humber offers a non-embalming program as well.

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 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. There were more than 88,000 funerals in Ontario in 2010 and the employment rate for junior licensed funeral directors who graduate from Humber is close to 90 per cent.

Work Placement

The provincial regulator, the Ontario Board of Funeral Services (BoFS), requires students to complete a one-year internship before they can be licensed. To progress into semester three, students must start a full-time (paid) internship in a funeral home after they have successfully completed exams in semester two. In September, students begin year two of studies by distance, with many assignments 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.

For further information, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.

Our Industry Partnerships

Industry partners make the Humber Funeral Services Education diploma a success. Our partnership with the Ontario Board of Funeral Services allows students to complete their education while performing an internship. Many of Ontario’s funeral homes are also partners in ensuring students receive relevant practical experience as part of their education.

Industry partners also assist in the selection process of students for this program. One of the admission requirements is previous observation or work in a funeral home. Funeral directors who supervise this experience provide evaluation of a candidate’s suitability.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Humber is recognized as one of two programs (the only English program) in Ontario approved by the Board of Funeral Services. 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 easily transfer to licensing in other provinces.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U), or Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U), or equivalent
  • One Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M course in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Observation or work experience in a funeral home
  • Questionnaire completed by the funeral director who supervised observation or work experience
  • Detailed resumé including three references, which must include an employer, a professional (e.g. clergy, doctor, etc.) and a character reference (cannot be provided by a family member)
  • Declaration of professional intent
  • Police record check (visit healthsciences.humber.ca/field-clinicalplacement/prc)

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • Upon acceptance into the program and prior to the start of classes, the following requirements must be completed:
    • criminal reference check
    • valid Standard First Aid Certificate (Emergency First Aid Certificate is not acceptable)
    • valid HeartSaver Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (C)
    • valid Class G Driver’s Licence (previous licence suspension may restrict employment)
    • you must obtain at least two of the three series Hepatitis B vaccine and a Two Step Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test before beginning your laboratory experience. This process may take up to three months to complete so make sure you give yourself enough time to complete these requirements.

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,746.26
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

Approximately $1,200 for textbooks and lab fees in year one. During the second year of studies, you are required to pay an internship/co-op fee.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
ANAT 100 Basic Human Anatomy
BIOS 102 Basic Microbiology
FSER 110 Embalming Lab 1
FSER 101 Embalming Theory 1
FSER 103 Orientation to Funeral Services 1
FSER 105 Ethical Issues in Funeral Service
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
WRIT 121 Writing Skills: FSE and RPN

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
PATH 150 Pathology
FSER 150 Embalming Lab 2
FSER 151 Embalming Theory 2
FSER 152 Orientation to Funeral Services 2
FSER 153 Restorative Art
FSER 154 Issues in Grief and Bereavement
FSER 155 Funeral Services: Small Business Management

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
FSER 200 Theoretical Applications 1

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
FSER 250 Theoretical Applications 2
FSER 251 Theoretical Applications 3