Embalmer and/or Funeral Director
Individuals seeking a career in the funeral service profession in Saskatchewan are required to enroll in a funeral service education program at an institution approved by the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan (Council).
Currently the two approved education programs are:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) www.saskpolytech.ca
Mount Royal University (MRU) www.mtroyal.ca
Once registered with one of the above mentioned funeral service education programs you are required to submit Form20 – Embalmer/Funeral Director Student Registration Application to Council.
Registration with Council is the first step on the journey to obtaining a practicing license. Once registered as a student you will be given access to the licensee portion of Council’s website, provided with a current copy of the Act, Regulations and Bylaws, receive updates relevant to the licensed membership and funeral profession in Saskatchewan as well as an invitation to attend the Annual Spring Symposium.
Individuals wishing to sell prepaid funeral service contracts in Saskatchewan who are not a licensed funeral director in Saskatchewan or do not have a current licensed or recognized, valid qualifications from another jurisdiction shall make application to Council on Form32 – Student Salesperson’s Registration Application
In addition, the fees as stipulated in bylaw 9000, along with a transcript of marks for the highest level of education achieved and a current police criminal record check will need to accompany Form 32.
Training for a salesperson shall:
(a) be completed within six months from the date of approval by the registrar;
(b) be supervised by a licensed salesperson in Saskatchewan who is working at the same location as the application;
(c) require the completion of the salesperson course prescribed by the council;
(d) include being present during the complete arrangements of a minimum of six funerals;
(e) under the supervision of a licensed salesperson, include being present during the preparation and execution of a minimum of ten contracts where funds are set aside for future funeral services;
(f) include attendance at a minimum of six complete funeral services as an assistant to a licensed funeral director.
Once the licensed salesperson, named on the application as the supervisor advises Council administration in writing the individual has met all the requirements of bylaw 2050 (3) the individual may than request to write the Jurisprudence Licensing Examination for a Salesperson. Once a passing mark of 75% or higher is obtained and the licensing fee as stipulated in bylaw 9000 is paid a Salesperson license will be granted.
Individuals wishing to obtain a certificate as a crematorium technician in Saskatchewan shall:
(a) make application to Council on Form23 – Student Crematorium Technician Registration along with the fees stipulated in bylaw 9000;
(b) work at a licensed crematorium for a period of not less than seven days under the direct supervision of a certified crematorium technician who is working at the location indicated on the application;
(c) observe 5 cremations and conduct 10 cremations; and
(d) attend and successfully complete a course of instruction on crematorium procedures, safety and operations and any other requirements approved by the council.
Once the crematorium owner, named on the application as the supervisor advises Council administration in writing the individual has met all the requirements of bylaw 2060 (1) the individual may than request to write the Crematorium Technician Jurisprudence examination . Once a passing mark of 75% or higher is obtained a Crematorium Technician Certificate will be granted.