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6346 – Funeral directors and embalmers

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.


Example titles

  • Apprentice embalmer
  • Embalmer
  • Funeral director
  • Mortician

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Funeral directors
    • 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.
    • 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.

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.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
Skill level
B – Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
63 – Service supervisors and specialized service occupations
Minor group
634 – Specialized occupations in personal and customer services
Associated Career Handbook profiles
6346.1 – Funeral directors 6346.2 – Embalmers
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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