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