Get the knowledge and skills you need to work as a funeral director and/or embalmer. Although you may choose to pursue only one of these avenues as a career, you benefit from having a solid understanding of each.
The most effective funeral directors are "people persons" who are open-minded, compassionate, non-judgmental and responsive communicators. In this career, you meet bereaved people who rely upon your support, good organizational skills and knowledge of the products and services available to them when making funeral arrangements.
Embalmers are interested in anatomy, chemistry and science. In this program, you acquire the skill and confidence to work efficiently. You learn the importance of teamwork and become familiar with the technical language and medical terminology used by health professionals.
No matter the career path you choose, you must be organized, ethical, open-minded, eager to embrace teamwork and free to work long and flexible hours. Throughout the program, you focus on classroom learning with some practical experience. Most of your hands-on skills will be developed during the apprenticeship that follows.