Funeral service is a career choice that delivers an immense amount of satisfaction. Whether you are embarking on your first career or looking to change careers, the rewards and satisfaction in this field are unlimited.

Why should you consider a career in funeral service?

  • Obtain an education which may be paid for by your employer.
  • Work while you are attending school and be paid a salary.
  • Apply your education immediately and develop practical on the job skills.

How do I become a Funeral Director or Embalmer in BC?

Embalmers and Funeral Directors are licensed and regulated by Consumer Protection BC. To obtain your license, you must complete the Funeral Services Apprenticeship Program. To begin a career, you can choose either of the following paths:

  1. Apprenticeship Program – a two-year full-time employment and academic program for those currently working in the funeral services profession.
  2. Foundation Program – a one-year academic program for those entering the profession. To continue and obtain a license, students must then gain employment prior to the second year of study, and complete two years of work experience under the Apprenticeship Program.

For Program Outlines please visit
Skilled Trades BC website:

For detailed information on licensing requirements, visit Consumer Protection BC’s website:

For further details or to request a Foundation Program Application, please email, refer to our Resources page or call the BCFA office at 800-665-3899.  Applications are available in April of each year.

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Foundation Student Admission

2023-2024 Level 1 Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprenticeship Program

We would like to update you on the latest developments concerning the 2023-2024 Level 1 Funeral Director and Embalmer Apprenticeship program intake process.

The BCFA has been working diligently to ensure that we are fully prepared to provide the best possible experience for students and mentors. We have made some adjustments to this year’s registration process.

Starting on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 8:00 am, you may begin the registration process using our online submission form found on our website on the Aprenticeship Program page.

Once submitted, the form will be date and time stamped.

Our team will reach out to you within 72 hours of your submission to collect the registration fee of $120.75 ($250.00 for non members) and send you a full registration package for the student and mentor to complete.

There are a limited number of seats available.  Once we reach capacity, a waitlist will be taken.

Any students who were waitlisted for 2022-2023 school year will need to reapply using the 2023-2024 application process.  Waitlists are not carried forward from year to year.

Only those submissions that are accepted into the program will be contacted for payment.

Attached below is a link to the program Information, admission requirements, fee schedule, and refund policy.  Please review this information prior to June 12.

As we anticipate many registrations, please do not call the office, but rather, email all inquiries to and we will respond as we are able to.

Click the link below for more details:

Non-Member – 2023-2024 Student Enrolment Contract-Level 1 Program Information