The recognized standard for funeral service professionals, NFDA’s Cremation Certification Program covers cremation ethics, crematory operations and maintenance, safety, compliance and liability issues, cremation customer service, and much more.

If you offer cremation to the families you serve, whether you currently own or operate a crematory, are thinking of opening one or want to evaluate a third-party crematory, this training is necessary for your success. This course is based on Cremation Standards for Funeral Service Professionals, published by NFDA, which attendees receive upon arrival at the seminar.

Obtaining certification requires passing the online NFDA Cremation Certification Test within a designated time frame. A test link is provided to candidates whose complete attendance has been verified in writing by the onsite instructor. During registration, attendees may choose the designation they will earn upon successful completion of the program:


  • CCSP - Certified Cremation Services Provider: For funeral directors and staff that offer cremation services through a use of a third-party crematory
  • CCO - Certified Crematory Operator: For crematory owners and/or operators



Cremation Certification seminars are approved for up to 7 CE hours by APFSP and most state licensing boards. 


NFDA Member   $495 (CE)
Nonmember Funeral Director   $655 (CE)
Non-Funeral Director   $495 (No CE)
Student Member*   $160 (No CE)
U.S. Dollars on U.S. Bank    

Seminar fee includes the comprehensive manual, seminar presentation, continental breakfast and lunch, exam and scoring, CE processing and certificate.


*Online registration is not available for students. Call 800-228-6332. Special pricing is available for multiple attendees from the same firm and active-duty military. Call 800-228-6332 for details.

Upcoming Cremation Certification Programs

Please note: It is the individual participant's responsibility before registering for any NFDA course or event to verify that it is currently approved for CE in the state/province in which the individual is licensed. Schedule subject to change.

Name Start Date
Cremation Certification Program: Chicago, IL October 26, 2019 08:00 AM
Cremation Certification Program: Mountain Home, AR November 21, 2019 08:00 AM

Hear it from a State Association!

“We were excited to host our fifth NFDA CCP on May 2. We’ve had tremendous support since we began hosting this program through the NFDA, having certified more than 300 funeral service licensees and crematory operators, along with a number of mortuary science students.”

Karen Truant
Executive Director of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association

Students say it best!

Truly inspiring, I am definitely feeling passionate and optimistic about the future of funeral service."


Andrew Wint
Centennial, CO