Funeral Services Education Certificate
This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs, and is designed for persons wanting to obtain a South Carolina Funeral Directors' License only.
Students requiring an ABFSE-accredited program should enroll in the associate degree track.
A major requirement for the South Carolina Funeral Directors' License states the following: The student must already possess a bachelor's degree, or have successfully completed sixty (60) semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, including a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours divided among at least four (4) of the following areas: (1) Psychological Sciences; (2) Business; (3) English; (4) Natural/Biological Science; (5) Religion. See the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service Statutes and Regulations for complete details of the requirements.
With all requirements met, the student should be knowledgeable in basic funeral service skills and eligible to sit for the South Carolina Funeral Directors' Exam.
The Funeral Service Education program at Piedmont Technical College accepts out-of-state students in its Funeral Director’s Certificate only program. By acceptance into this program, it does not guarantee or imply that it meets educational and licensure requirements for another state. If you live outside the state of South Carolina, please contact your state board of funeral service of the state in which you plan to pursue licensure. The educational and licensure requirements vary from state to state. It is your responsibility to contact the applicable state board in which you plan to pursue licensure. To learn more about licensing requirements click here to view the National Funeral Directors Association’s licensing boards and requirements for all 50 states. If you have any additional questions, please contact our office for more information at (864)941-8774.
This certificate is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination, or any state Board Examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.
Schedule Options: Day, Online
|FIRST SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|ACC 101||Accounting Principles I||3.0|
|CPT 101||Introduction to Computers||3.0|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3.0|
|FSE 215||Funeral Services Directing||3.0|
|SECOND SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|MGT 120||Small Business Management||3.0|
|FSE 101||Introduction to Funeral Service||2.0|
|FSE 165||Sociology of Funeral Services||2.0|
|FSE 210||Funeral Service Management and Merchandising I||3.0|
|Elective Social Science/Behavioral Science||3.0|
|THIRD SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|FSE 205||Funeral Counseling||4.0|
|FSE 220||Regulatory Compliance||3.0|
|MAT 102||Intermediate Algebra||3.0|
|Total Credit Hours: 35.0|
The purpose of the Funeral Service Education Certificate is to educate and prepare individuals not only to contribute to the funeral service profession, but also the community in which they serve. We strive to give students the knowledge, principles, and skills which are essential to become a funeral director.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will identify and research the background information of the funeral service profession
- Identify, practice and apply skills in every phase of the funeral service profession
- Application of knowledge; communicate effectively in oral and written grammar concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service professionals to the community at large
- Interpret and apply numerical, graphical and pictorial data to aid in daily calculations needed in funeral service professions
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology to research the field of funeral services
Gainful Employment Information
- This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board examination, or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.
- The courses in this program will prepare students to take the SC Funeral Directors' Exam. North Carolina also accepts this certificate. Other states may accept this certificate. Potential students should check with other states before enrolling if they plan to work there.
- All certificate courses are offered online
- A student may continue (roll) into the Associate degree program after completing the certificate.
- If placement test scores determine that a student is not ready to take college-level courses, he or she should enroll in the appropriate developmental or transitional coursework. All of these prerequisite courses may not be available online.
Notes about individual classes
- The English required for this program is ENG 101. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.
- The math course required for this program is MAT 102. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102.
- Contact Department Head David Martin or Dedrick Gantt for more information about the Funeral Service Certificate.
- You may also contact Nancy Wilkie for information about this program.
Advisement Information updated 10/2015