Effective January 1, 2023, the Bereavement Education Committee (BEC) will be disbanded, and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) will approve all continuing education courses for Ontario bereavement licensees. The BAO will post its new Continuing Education policy on its website in the new year. Inquiries about continuing education for 2023 can be sent to email@example.com.
The BEC is responsible for approving continuing education and posting approved courses on the BEC website. The BEC is not responsible for providing continuing education or tracking licensee’s education.
The Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals (OACFP) and the Ontario Funeral Service Association (OFSA), in consultation with Humber College and Collège Boreal, have developed these guidelines at the direction of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) to evaluate programs to be considered for Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for Ontario bereavement sector licensees.
The BEC is made up of experienced bereavement sector professionals who are active members of the OFSA and the OACFP and has representation from the BAO.
If you are a business, association, or bereavement sector licenced operator interested in providing relevant continuing education to Ontario bereavement professionals you must be accredited by the BEC.
If you are an individual licensee requesting continuing education credit for a course provided by and educational institution or bereavement sector association, you have the opportunity to submit an individual Course Application if the BEC has not already accredited the course.
For CEC credit, a program must fall within one of the following two categories of bereavement sector-related content and must be approved by the BEC in order to count for CEC’s towards the renewal of a personal license.
The BEC will meet quarterly to review submissions.
Applicants will be notified of the committee decisions as soon as possible following approval by the committee.
1 CEC = 1 hour of continuing education 2 CEC = 2 hours of continuing education
3 CEC = 3 hours of continuing education 4 CEC = 4 hours of continuing education
5 CEC = 5 hours of continuing education 6 CEC = 6 hours of continuing education
1 Hour of accreditable activity consists of a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction or activity and 10 minutes for Questions and Answers, reflection or group discussion.
Fee based upon number of CEC units.
The BEC will review continuing education submissions from Ontario regional associations. The application fee is $99 per hour of CE submitted. Applications are required and submission dates apply.
This application fee if for licenced funeral professionals seeking for approval of a single course that has not been accredited. Application fees are used to cover the costs of the BEC reviewing and administering the application. The application fee is non-refundable.
Annual Fee to renew previously approved education.
Non-Refundable Administration fee for incomplete or withdrawn applications
all fees subject to applicable taxes