Funeral Service Diploma


Funeral Service Diploma

The Funeral Service Diploma prepares you to be dual licensed as a Funeral Director and as an Embalmer.

  • Learn through interactive online courses, work experience courses and 2 on-campus courses (Embalming Practicum and Restorative Art II)
  • Start program in September or January
  • Study part-time
  • Complete program within a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 6 years
  • The Diploma (and dual license) is the preferred credential with many funeral homes


Fall 2020 program update

As Mount Royal responds to COVID-19 and the changing directives from Alberta Health Services around face-to-face programming, planning for the fall semester is still underway. Funeral Service Diploma students will be contacted directly when more information about fall course delivery is available. For any additional questions, please email

Program Outcomes

  • Plan, arrange and direct funeral ceremonies.
  • Be considerate of and respond to various religious and cultural traditions associated with death.
  • Interpret and apply various acts and regulations which govern the funeral service profession in Alberta.
  • Communicate and work effectively with families, government, health and legal agencies.
  • Practice the companioning aspect of caregiving.
  • Demonstrate reconstruction and restorative art techniques.
  • Complete the embalming process with appropriate infection control procedures.
  • Document the arterial injection embalming of up to 50 individual cases through an embalming log.