Program Advising

Embalmer Certificate


The Embalmer certificate integrates core online courses and experiential learning through a supervised practicum and work experience. This 450-hour program prepares you to be licensed as an Embalmer.

Course Selection
The certificate consists of 9 courses that are completed through part-time studies. If you wish to complete the certificate in one (1) year, we recommend that you follow the sequence outlined in the Program Planning Guide.

Embalming Practicum (XFDC 20023) and Restorative Art II (XFDC 20010) courses are scheduled in Calgary. Students residing outside of the Calgary area will complete these courses during an Intensive Institute. Visit the Plan Your Studies page for more details.

Course registration guide

To get started, please visit the Plan Your Studies page for more information like:
  • Your Program Planning Guide
  • Step-by-step registration instructions
  • Registration help sessions sign-up
  • Information about textbooks, preparing for work experience and embalming practicum labs, and more
It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the Program Planning Guide.



mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your certificate, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will login to mruGradU8 through your account, under the 'My Program' tab (at the bottom of the page). Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

International students completing the program while residing outside of Canada are not required to obtain a Study Permit.

The Funeral Service program has a dedicated administration team that is here to support you during your time at MRU. You can connect with your advisor at with questions about your course selection and program path.