Funeral Director and Embalmer

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Funeral Directors and Embalmers?

Funeral directors and embalmers must be licensed through the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board (AFSRB).

What are the registration requirements for Funeral Directors and Embalmers?

Internationally educated Funeral Directors and Embalmers who are licensed in the USA must 

• Have passed the American National Board Exam 

• Write and pass the AFSRB exam on Alberta laws 

• Obtain a license with the AFSRB 


Internationally educated Funeral Directors and Embalmers who are not licensed in the USA must 

• Have their qualifications assessed by Mount Royal University (MRU) or the Canadian College of Funeral Services (CCFS) 

• Study and pass any courses they may have been assessed by MRU or CCFS 

• Write and pass the AFSRB exam on Alberta laws 

• Apply to the AFSRB for a license 

For complete information on the licensing requirements, contact the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board website.

What are the educational requirements for Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Alberta?

The Mount Royal University Faculty of Continuing Education offers a Funeral Director Extension Certificate program and Funeral Director and Embalmer Extension Certificate program. 

The Canadian College of Funeral Service offers a Funeral Director's and Embalmer's Licensure program in Alberta through on-line and in-class seminars.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for Funeral Directors or Embalmers; however, they must be able to communicate in English. Funeral Directors must be able to communicate fluently with clients and complete government forms accurately. A strong ability to communicate in English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are necessary in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What information resources are available for Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Alberta?

Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA) 



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