Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service
The Program The Green Burial Council and Mid-America College of Funeral Service launched a pilot program for funeral service practitioners interested in environmentally sustainable funeral services. This two-part program is the first of its kind in the nation and gives students a dynamic foundation for offering green alternatives in their community. Obtaining the Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service consists of two parts- passing the course GBC310, Changing Landscapes in Green Funeral Service and passing the GBC’s Proficiency Exam.
The Course GBC310, Changing Landscapes in Green Funeral Service is a ten week course designed to teach funeral professionals how to curate environmentally sustainable business practices. The course covers family and professionally directed home vigils, disposition options, innovations in funeral service, and adaptations funeral professionals can make to meet the changing environmental and cultural expectations of the families they serve. The course is taught and developed by GBC Education & Compliance Specialist, licensed mortician, and adjunct professor Samuel C. Perry. It can be taken as an open elective for the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Management (BFSM) degree or as a Non-Degree Seeking student wishing to learn about sustainable funeral services. For more information about the course and enrolling, visit the Mid-America program description here.
The Proficiency Exam The GBC proficiency exam was created by a committee of experts in green funeral service and continues to be updated every two years. Items for the exam are based on standards created by the GBC, GBC310 course content, and includes ethical and practical considerations from contributing experts. Not only will you advance your knowledge in the field, this distinction will allow you to show your community the commitment you make to the earth, even in death.
After passing GBC310, simply click on Become Certified to get started on the Proficiency Exam. Here are some helpful tips before you do: Guide 2. By submitting the certificate fee ($150) and passing the assessment, you will earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service. Your contribution will be used to create and promote future educational opportunities for professionals and the community. Thank you for your commitment to green funeral service education!
Partnering with the Green burial Council to inform professionals about environmentally responsible funeral service
Green Funeral Proficient Award Recipients
Samuel Cline Perry, mortician and instructor
Stephanie Johnson David Anderson Joshua Taylor Scott Gatze
Rachel Justine-Harris Mary Rutan Brian Schreck Molly Welch