Mount Royal’s Funeral programs prepare students for an entry-level position in the funeral service profession. The majority of courses are delivered online and students learn from expert instructors in an interactive environment. Students may complete their online courses and work experience within their home community. Concentrate on funeral directing. Students are prepared to become licensed as a Funeral Director.
Program requirements for certificate completion can be completed in 12 months. Students have six calendar years from the date of initial registration in the Funeral Director certificate to complete all requirements. Students seeking an extension beyond six years may be required to complete additional coursework.
Normally, 50% of the academic work completed toward the award of a Mount Royal parchment must be completed at the University, except where written approval has been given by the dean/director of the appropriate faculty. In addition, the embalming practicum and work experience components of the Funeral Service programs must normally be completed as a student of Mount Royal.
The work experience courses are designed to provide an extension of the learning process in a relevant work environment, giving students an opportunity to further develop their skills alongside funeral service professionals. The work experience courses are typically offered each semester and may often be completed at the same time as the academic courses.
Students are responsible to secure their own work experience placement. Given the fluctuating nature of the labour market, opportunities may vary and students should be prepared to relocate. Any student who exhibits professional misconduct before or during the work experience placement may be required to withdraw from the program.
Pre-practice requirements must be completed after a student is admitted to the program and within the first semester. Pre-practice requirements must remain current for the duration of the program, and all associated costs are the responsibility of the student. The program will provide students with more information on the requirements, including all applicable deadlines.
Proof of up-to-date immunization status is required for the duration of the program and is the responsibility of the student. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student. Failure to maintain a current immunization status may result in immediate withdrawal from professional practice courses or the program.
Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR Level C
Students will be required to provide proof of current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR Level C. Evidence of certification is to be provided after admission to the program and by the advertised deadline. Certification must be valid for the duration of the program. Failure to maintain current Standard First Aid with CPR C certification may result in immediate withdrawal from professional practice courses or the program. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
Students must present evidence of valid WHMIS certification. The certification must be valid for the duration of the program.
Additional Pre-Practice Requirements
Additional pre-practice requirements may be required of work experience locations. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student. Documentation of these additional pre-practice requirements may be requested by, and provided to, the work experience location by the student.
Police Information Check
Students preparing for work experience may be required to provide a current Police Information Check to their work experience location, at their own expense. It is each location’s decision to accept or decline a student for work experience placement based upon the results of police information or other background checks. Please refer to the statement regarding police information and other background checks in this calendar.
Non-Graduated Class 5 Driver’s License
Students preparing for work experience may be required to provide a non-graduated Class 5 driver’s license to their work experience location, at their own expense. It is each location’s decision to accept or reject a student for work experience placement if they do not have a non-graduated Class 5 driver’s license. This may also impact the student’s ability to complete the program requirements for graduation or to gain employment in the funeral profession.
General Admission Requirements
Applicants are not required to meet the General Admission Requirements for Mount Royal University programs. Applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (if your primary or first language is not English). In addition, applicants must present evidence of funeral-related experience. Official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended are required.