Embalmer and Funeral Director

"Embalmer & Funeral Director" means a person who engages in the disinfection, preservation, preparation or restoration of human remains, negotiates or enters into funeral contracts, arranges, conducts or directs bereavement rites and ceremonies, arranges for the interment of human remains, and transfers human remains or directs or supervises the transfer of human remains.(Note: The British Columbia Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act requires that an individual be licensed during their apprenticeship as an embalmer and funeral director. The individual must also be enrolled in a funeral services program designated as a recognized program under the Industry Training Authority.)

Program Updates:

Note: No challenge process is currently available for this certification. This decision is currently under review. For further information please contact the BC Funeral Association on 1-250-592-3213 and at info@bcfunerals.com

The Exam Weighting Chart is available for the Level 1 and shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 188.5 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.45 MB)
  • Foundation Outline
  • Guidelines for the delivery of pre-apprenticeship training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 329.66 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.