Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service

Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service

Commonwealth's Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service program is offered partially online and is designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential for employment as an embalmer and funeral director. Students can obtain their degree in as little as 12-15 months. As a graduate of this program, you will possess the skills necessary to disinfect, preserve and/or restore a dead human body through embalming and restorative art for the purposes of burial or other means of final disposition.

Students will learn how to conduct funeral service ceremonies of various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, humanistic and nontraditional customs. Students will learn how to conduct funeral arrangement conferences with families, complete necessary paperwork in funeral home management and implement proper workplace safety guidelines for funeral service personnel. Graduates of this program may find entry-level employment as an apprentice/intern/provisional licensee with funeral homes, embalming services, cemeteries, pre-need sales and affiliate funeral service merchandise companies, and embalming chemical companies. Individuals seeking these credentials must also meet the requirements of the appropriate licensing agencies. Students must take the National Board Exam as a condition for graduation from the AAS program.

  • Convenience: Flexibility is essential to students who manage a busy work schedule and personal commitments. Therefore, the online program at CIFS is proud to offer its students a chance to earn an education at their own convenience.
  • Accelerated Format: Online courses are taught in an accelerated format, allowing students to earn their degree in 12-15 months and certificate in 6-9 months.
  • Quality Instructors: Commonwealth Institute believes in utilizing industry-experienced instructors. All instructors at Commonwealth are licensed funeral directors and embalmers. Thus, students can remain confident that they will receive the highest-class education.
  • Year-Round Help Desk: In case technical difficulties arise, a 24/7/365 Tech Support team is available to address student concerns and resolve issues.

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