How can I be sure that funeral service is the career that is right for me?
It is strongly urged that prospective students meet with a funeral director in their community, or with faculty to discuss their interests and career goals. Funeral Service is an exceptionally rewarding career, but is also very demanding in terms of personal commitment.
What times are classes offered?
Classes designated as FSE courses are offered during the day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Many classes are either hybrid (meet once a week) or online.
What types of teaching methods are available?
Class sizes are limited to 30 students per annual cohort. Teaching methods include online and in-person discussion, lecture, PowerPoint, presentations, group projects, art projects, hands-on experience, quizzes and exams.
Can the program be taken part-time?
No. The program has been designed so that students who are relying on financial assistance can maintain full-time enrollment each quarter in order to receive total benefit.
What are the job opportunities for students and graduates?
Entry level Funeral Director, Embalmer.
What salary can I expect?
Approximately $14 - $18 an hour during the first two years as an Intern (apprenticeship). Additional compensation data are published on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Compensation packages vary depending on job location, responsibilities, etc.
What is the future outlook for the funeral service profession?
The outlook for funeral directors currently is good. Due to projected retirements of the baby boomer population over the next decade, and the anticipated increased death rate over the next 10-15 years, the outlook appears positive for employment in funeral service.
Is there an internship requirement?
Washington State Department of Licensing has an internship requirement, check for the most up-to-date requirements. Students pursuing Funeral Service careers in other states are strongly urged to contact that state for licensing requirements. Each state will have independently identified requirements.
What will prepared/ successful students in this program have?
Student who are successful in this profession pay particular attention to detail, are punctual, have good participation, enjoy working with people, follow professional industry standards regarding dress code, and excellent communication skills.
What class supplies, tools, and uniforms are needed?
Personal protective equipment for lab, closed-toe shoes, suit, dress shoes. A list of items required for each course will be provided by the faculty.
What is the program cost?
Consult the Estimated Costs page or call for information.
Do I need health insurance?
No, but immunizations are required.
Is the degree transferable?
No, please speak to faculty or advisor for more information. Courses may be transferable to other ABFSE accredited funeral service programs.
Is a criminal record an impediment to getting hired within the industry?
Yes. The Washington State Department of Health will process a criminal background check before issuing a license. Additionally, candidates for employment will require a clean driving record in order to be placed on an employer's insurance.
Can I maintain employment while attending school?
Yes. It is strongly recommended to work in the field. Job opportunities are posted on a regular basis. Many students start at funeral homes in administrative removal technician positions in hopes of securing an internship following graduation.