Practicum & Work Experience

Work Experience Requirements

In order to participate in the Work Experience courses, students must complete additional requirements.
Work Experience You will complete two work experience courses as part of the Funeral Director Certificate program. Work experience can be started in any semester and may often be completed at the same time as the academic courses.

  • Students are responsible to secure their own work experience placement through employment or volunteering in a licensed funeral home.
  • Relocation may be required.
  • Students employed in a funeral home at the time of admission are encouraged to register in work experience in their Semester 1 (refer to the Program Planning Guide on Plan Your Studies for prerequisites).
  • Contact the Funeral Program team if you secure a placement during the semester.

In order to participate in Work Experience I and Funeral Director Work Experience II, you may be required to provide the following to employers:

  • Non-Graduated Class 5 Driver's License - students preparing for work experience courses may be required to provide a non-graduated Class 5 driver's license to their Funeral Home employer, at your own expense. Failure to do so may impact your ability to complete the program requirements or participate in the course.
  • Drivers Abstract may also be required. Failure to do so may impact your ability to complete the program requirements or participate in the course.
  • Police Information Check - students may be required to provide a current Police Information Check to their Funeral Home employer, at their own expense. It is each employer's decision to accept or reject a student for work experience placement based upon the results of a police information or other background checks.

Work Experience courses complement and supplement theoretical course work. Activities and tasks that students perform during Work Experience courses are at the discretion of the funeral home and may include:

  • Taking First Calls
  • Assisting with compilation of vital statistics and completion of forms
  • Assisting with coordination of funeral service / celebration details
  • Assisting with visitations, prayer services, funeral services, cremation and cemetery/graveside services
  • Observing or participating in at-need and pre-need funeral arrangement conferences
  • Setting up cemetery and graveside services
  • Driving funeral vehicles
  • Assisting with transfers and removals
  • Performing parking lot duties and assisting with vehicle maintenance
  • Assisting in funeral home maintenance
  • Understanding and complying with the various laws and regulations which govern funeral service
  • Assisting with cremation-related tasks
  • Assisting with cosmetic applications and casketing details
  • Documenting their participation in 25 Funeral Arrangement Logs (Funeral Director Work Experience II course requirement)

Out of Province Students

Students residing outside of Alberta will need to consult their provincial or national Regulatory Board for information on completing work experience courses in their location.