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Funeral Service Occupations

Funeral service occupations include all those involved in providing final care for people who have died, such as funeral directors, embalmers, business managers, and pre-need salespersons. Business managers manage funeral service businesses. Pre-need salespersons draw up and sign pre-need funeral service contracts on behalf of the business.


Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board
180 - 2755 Broadmoor Blvd.
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 2W7

Call: 780-452-6130
Toll-free (within Alberta): 1-800-563-4652


Under Alberta’s Funeral Services Act [pdf] and General Regulation [pdf], funeral directors, embalmers, business managers, and pre-need salespersons must be licensed through the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board (AFSRB).

You do not need a licence to work as a funeral attendant if you are under the supervision of a licensed embalmer or funeral director.

What You Need

To apply for a funeral service occupation licence in Alberta, you need to complete:

  • An approved Alberta educational program
  • An AFSRB examination
  • The required number of practical hours supervised by an AFSRB licensee

To obtain an Alberta licence, licensees from other provinces must:

  • Provide a letter in good standing from the province they are currently licensed under
  • Be sponsored by an Alberta funeral services business
  • Complete exams required for the licence type requested

For details about licensing requirements, contact the AFSRB or visit the AFSRB website.

Working in Alberta

Funeral directors, embalmers, business managers, and pre-need salespersons who are licensed by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for licensing in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the AFSRB website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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