Funeral Director

"Funeral Director" means a person who negotiates or enters into funeral contracts, arranges, conducts or directs bereavement rites and ceremonies; arranges for the interment or cremation of human remains; transfers human remains or directs or supervises the transfer of human remains; and cares for or prepares human remains prior to disposition, other than the preservation or restoration of human remains. (Note: The British Columbia Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act requires that an individual be licensed during their apprenticeship as a 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

Exam Weighting Charts show the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC) on an exam:

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
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  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 763.82 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. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.