Funeral Service Education (2015/16 Program)

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Four semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Michelle Clarke
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4260

Admission Requirements

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)
– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U), OR Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)
– Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above


Mature student status


College or university transfer status

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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Applicants will receive further instructions for the submission of secondary requirements following application. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

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Additional Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program and prior to the start of classes, the following requirements must be completed:
• Criminal reference check
• 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 was
– 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 $1,500 for textbooks and lab fees in year one. During the second year of studies, you are required to pay an internship/co-op fee.

Our Program

Humber’s Funeral Service 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 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 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.

You will learn in both the bioscience and funeral service labs, 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 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. For updated information, refer to

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

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. Our graduate employment rate is approximately 85 per cent.

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.

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.

Work Placement

The Ontario Board of Funeral Services (BoFS), the provincial regulator, requires students of the funeral director, class one program 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. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with an Ontario funeral home. Funeral homes will often send job postings to Humber.

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Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit for detailed information.

List of Courses
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