|Do I Need a Licence?|
Consumer Protection BC issues licences for the following places, activities and occupations based on the requirements of the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act and the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Regulation:
The operation of a cemetery or crematorium for the disposal of human remains requires a licence in British Columbia.
A "cemetery" means land that is set apart or used as a place of burial of human remains or cremated remains and includes any incidental or ancillary buildings on the land as well as a columbarium or a mausoleum.
A "crematorium" means a building or a part of a building used for the purpose of cremating human remains and includes appliances and other equipment incidental or ancillary to that purpose.
A funeral provider requires a licence.
A "funeral provider" means a person who carries on the business of providing funeral services.
"Funeral services" mean:
Anyone engaged in the practice of a "funeral director" requires a licence. As defined in the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act, a "funeral director" means an individual who, in the course of business, does any of the following:
An individual who conducts bereavement rites and ceremonies, but does not perform any of the other functions of a funeral director, is exempt from the obligation to be licensed as a funeral director.
An "embalmer" is an individual who, prior to the disposition of human remains, engages in the disinfection, preservation, preparation or restoration of the human remains.
To obtain more information about becoming a funeral service apprentice, please refer to the Careers section of the Funeral Services Association of BC (FSABC) website. FSABC is the recognized agency for funeral service apprentice training and monitoring in British Columbia.
To obtain general information about apprenticeships in British Columbia, please refer to the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
To review the criteria for a Consumer Protection BC Apprentice licence, please click here.
Effective immediately, and consistent with the terms of the BC/AB Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), Consumer Protection BC will recognize (for the purposes of granting a licence) those funeral directors and embalmers who are currently fully licensed and in good standing with any other regulatory body in Canada.
The application requirements for applicants from other jurisidctions include the provision of your current certification, attestation from the issuing authority of the regulatory body confirming the licence is in good standing, completion of the Consumer Protection BC application form, successful completion of the BC legislation examination as administerd through the Funeral Services Association of BC (FSABC) and payment of the appropriate fee.
Please contact our Licensing Department.