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Funeral Arranging and Directing

Funeral Arranging and Directing

Develop the essential skills you need to serve clients and families, while apprenticing as a funeral director.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,259 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2021
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
eCampus Part time • Online Seats available


Through online learning and an apprenticeship, you learn how to:

  • Design services that are meaningful for the bereaved and reflective of the life of the deceased.
  • Meet the needs of client families by arranging and directing funeral and related services.
  • Secure documents required to legally transport, bury and cremate the deceased.
  • Provide pre-need, at-need and aftercare services.
  • Abide by federal and provincial legislation requirements for transportation and final disposition.
  • Meet the provincial apprenticeship requirements for licensing as a funeral director.

This online program is for funeral director apprentices in Atlantic Canada who are registered as funeral director apprentices with their provincial licensing Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. This certificate is only available to students apprenticing in Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland, where funeral directors and embalmers are licensed separately.

All program courses are delivered online over a two-year period.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A valid Nova Scotia Class 5 driver's licence or equivalent.
  • Applicants who have not obtained an apprenticeship with a funeral home prior to beginning the program will be required to take part in a Work/Volunteer Observation Experience. Participation in a funeral home observation period under a licensed funeral director is required. Before applicants approach a funeral home to set up the Work/Volunteer Observation Experience, NSCC Admissions will provide the required documentation.
  • Applicants who have obtained an apprenticeship with a funeral home prior to beginning the program are required to submit a letter of recommendation from the funeral home in support of the application to NSCC Admissions. This letter should outline the applicant's work experience and participation at the funeral home and confirm that the applicant will serve his or her apprenticeship with that funeral home. Apprentices must be registered with their provincial licensing board.

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Study options

  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection.
  • Tuition for part-time study option is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Career options

  • You qualify for licensing as funeral directors. The apprenticeship requirements for students enrolled in the Funeral Arranging and Directing program vary from province to province. Generally, a licensing examination(s) is required. Licensing examinations may include both a written examination and a practical examination. For more information on provincial licensing requirements, contact your respective Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
  • You may also work in the following services: pre-arrangement and at-need services, cremation services, funeral procedures, burial and memorial services, aftercare and bereavement.
  • Most graduates choose to work as funeral directors, but employment options are numerous. Graduates may be employed as pre-arrangement counsellors, crematoria operators or as representatives for a variety of funeral trade suppliers, including funeral stationery suppliers, monument and casket manufacturers and memorial options.

Choose NSCC

  • Benefit from our program experience, faculty knowledge of the industry and flexible learning options.
  • Gain skills that are relevant to industry. We maintain close connections with Atlantic Canada's funeral service providers, developing programs that respond to the changes in the provision of funeral services and the demands of the profession.

Other info

  • Alternate Intake – This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
FUSV 1000   Funeral Rites and Rituals
FUSV 1001   Funeral Service Law and Ethics
FUSV 1002   Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
FUSV 1100   Introduction to Funeral Services
FUSV 1150   Funeral Arranging and Directing Theoretical Applications I
FUSV 1160   Funeral Arranging and Directing Theoretical Applications II
FUSV 1170   Funeral Arranging and Directing Theoretical Applications III
FUSV 2000   World Religions: Western Traditions
FUSV 2001   Legal Aspects of Death: Advanced Planning and Aftercare
FUSV 2002   Issues in Grief and Bereavement for Funeral Service
FUSV 2100   Funeral Service Business Practices
FUSV 2203   Emerging Trends in Funeral Service
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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