Funeral directors and embalmers (NOC 6346)

Job titles

Nature of work

Funeral directors co-ordinate and arrange all aspects of funeral services. Embalmers prepare the remains of deceased persons for public visitation and burial. Funeral directors and embalmers are employed by funeral homes.

Fields of interest

  • Managing, organizing, administrating
  • Working in sales and customer service

Main duties

  • Funeral directors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Consult with the family of the deceased regarding the nature of the funeral service, the disposition of the remains and funeral costs
  • - Transfer, or arrange for the transfer of, the remains from the place of death to the funeral home
  • - Inform survivors of benefits for which they may be eligible
  • - Issue death notices to newspapers
  • - Oversee the preparation of the remains, plan and schedule funeral services, co-ordinate burials and cremations and complete legal documents
  • - Discuss and negotiate prearranged funerals with clients
  • - Manage funeral home operations including hiring and directing staff, maintaining financial records, preparing accounts and ordering merchandise
  • - Supervise embalmers, funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff
  • - May perform same duties as embalmers.
  • Embalmers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Preserve, sanitize and prepare human remains for funeral services
  • - Perform cosmetic and restorative work on human remains
  • - Supervise funeral home attendants and other funeral home staff.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a one- to two-year college program and a twelve- to twenty-month practical apprenticeship program during or following the educational program is usually required for funeral directors.
  • * Completion of a two- to three-year college program and a twelve- to twenty-month practical apprenticeship program during or following the educational program or Completion of a three-year college program is required for embalmers.
  • * Funeral directors require licensure in most provinces and territories.
  • * Funeral directors may be required to be licensed embalmers depending on provincial requirements.
  • * Embalmers require licensure in all provinces.

Skill type

  • Sales and service occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

Professional associations