FUNERAL SERVICE ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATION
Continuing Education Program
The American Institute of Funeral Service Associates Offers a comprehensive program of continuing education courses which are designed to fulfill the education requirements for applications for certification as a certified funeral service associate. This program does not provide for any type of education to meet any licensing requirements to become a licensed funeral director. Rather, it is available to those wishing to become “assistants” to funeral homes/directors.
CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES
The following CE Courses have provider approvals: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595.
1.DEATH, DYING & MOURNING
This online CE course provides a very comprehensive overview of studies, research, and dynamics related to death and dying. Students study many facets of death and dying, as well as major theories, process models, cultural issues, religious issues and other related content. Progression in the course then focuses on processes of mourning and grieving, including effective strategies for assisting the bereaved. Death, dying and mourning is presented also according to various age groups. This course provides for scientific inquiry into death and dying and care of the bereaved. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 30 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: GC 400. This course has approvals for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses, and Marriage and Family Therapists. See below for more details.
Course cost: $150.00
2. PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES IN GRIEF AND DEATH AND DYING
This online CE course providers learners with a comprehensive study of the multiple aspects of psychosocial and cultural issues related to death, dying and grieving. Students will study multiple cultures and their norms related to beliefs about death, dying, the afterlife, mourning rituals and culturally determined practices and services related to memorializing the deceased and issues related to grief and bereavement. Students will study the psychology of dying, psychosocial functions of funerals,responses to contemporary funeral practices and after care of the bereaved and multidisciplinary support systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 30 hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: FN 190.
Course Cost: $100.00
3. FUNERAL SERVICES I- PROCESS AND FUNCTION
This online CE course is a comprehensive course and provides learners with a solid foundation in the study of the role of the funeral director, the composite of services performed from pre-planning to aftercare of the bereaved. All components of body preparation, funeral services, service to families and survivors and burial are presented. This course also continues to offer further education in working with the bereaved Students will also be exposed to federal and states laws that govern the practice of funeral directors and funeral services. Processes for pre-planning are included as well as content related to burial and cremations. Types of funeral services are presented and relativity to different cultures and religions are discussed. Common types of permits and documents which are prepared and used in rendering funeral services are also discussed. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 60 hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: FN 200.
Course Cost: $ 100.00
4. FUNERAL SERVICES II- EMBALMING AND PREPARATION & SAFETY
This online CEU course is a comprehensive course and provides learners with a solid foundation in the study of the embalming process, preparation of the body for viewing and burial and the core safety issues related to the handling of the deceased. Students will study the theory and methods of body preservation, with a focus on arterial and body cavity embalming procedures. Common fluids and embalming agents are presented, as well as equipment used in embalming practices today. A comprehensive presentation of safety issues are examined, including OSHA rules and regulations for funeral homes and embalming rules, and blood borne pathogen standards. Preparation and cleaning of equipment is presented, as well as safety issues related to the handling of fluids and agents for embalming.
Students will then study other body preparations, including restoration, cosmetics, dressing and casketing of the deceased. The theory and learning presented in this comprehensive course utilizes the same text book used in many mortuary science programs today. The core objectives for this course is to prepare the learner to “assist” a licensed embalmer. This course does not prepare one to practice embalming or qualify for licensure as a licensed embalmer. The focus is on the role of the “assistant” in the embalming room and assisting with other aspects of body preparation. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 60 hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: FN 250.
Course Cost: $ 100.00
5. CUSTOMER SERVICE & FUNERAL PLANNING
This online CE course is a comprehensive course and provides learners with a solid foundation in the study of customer service initiatives in the funeral services industry, as well as a comprehensive study of the planning process for funerals. Key issues related to customer service for those grieving and dealing with death and funeral preparations are presented. Theories and strategies are presented and studied. This course also provides good overview of the multiple dimensions of roles and services within the funeral service industry, including the role of after care specialists, grief counselors, pre-need planners, ritual specialists, and more. Every aspect of funeral services is presented, along with specific issues related to customer service at each step from intake to burial and after burial. Students will also learn theories related to leadership and management.
The funeral service planning process is fully presented, along with an analysis of the entire process of planning. All key issues related to the planning process of funeral services are examined. Varied types of services are examined, as well as the key components of planning for appropriate services. Students will examine the process in theory in order to be ready to assist funeral homes/directors in their actual work environment. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 60 hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: FN 300.
Course Cost: $ 100.00
Pre-requisite to Enroll: Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: registrants must meet at least one of the following; 1.) a health care licensed professional 2). a licensed social worker, 3). a licensed counselor or behavioral health provider, 4). holds a bachelor’s degree or higher in psychology, human services, or other health/ behavioral health related field, 5). is in current practice as a minister/clergy or crisis counselor.
To meet the requirements for Certification, all of the defined continuing education courses (240 hours of education) provided below, must be successfully completed. Those interested may register for and take one or more courses at any time. Course descriptions and information is provided below. Upon completion of each course, you will be awarded the corresponding continuing education contact hours and receive the CE certificate verifying course completion and the award of education credits. Registration may be completed online, by accessing the links below. These courses are continuing education courses. All courses are by distance education in online classrooms and can be taken from anywhere in the world. Prerequisite is an earned high school diploma, however, past experience and completion of post-secondary education type courses is highly recommended.
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AFFILIATE DEGREE OPTION
Our affiliate, The Graduate Theological Foundation, offers qualified and “certified” Funeral Service Associates of the American Institute of Funeral Service Associates, to enter their Masters in Pastoral Counseling (MPC) program. This graduate level degree program in Pastoral Counseling focuses on a major in Funeral Services. The M.P.C. degree is designed for the already credentialed ministry professional working in the various fields of counseling. Such fields would include school, parish, healthcare and counseling institutions. Registered Nurses are also eligible for enrollment into the graduate degree program.
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Continuing Education credit for this Course (GC 400: Death, Dying and Mourning) is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:
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Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 30 clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 30 hours of continuing education credit.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists will receive 30.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Marriage and Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 30 hours of continuing education credit.
Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 30.0 CE hours of credit.