Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is eligible to attend ICCFAU?
ICCFA University is open to employees of all cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories and related businesses. Prior college attendance is not required. In general, it is designed for students who are:
- Company owners and chief executive officers.
- Managers seeking to develop additional skills and knowledge in order to improve their techniques and operations.
- Managers who are interested in moving into new areas of responsibility.
- Managers new to the cemetery and funeral service profession.
- Staff interested in advancing into management positions.
- Staff interested in improving their skills to better serve their employers and their client families.
- Suppliers who want to network and gain a better understanding of their customers’ challenges.
How does the four-year undergrad curriculum work?
The ICCFA University is held for five days each July. Undergraduate students enroll in one of the University’s six colleges and spend the entire five days learning about that area of the profession. Students who complete four colleges become ICCFAU graduates (the CEO program does not count towards graduation).
Do I have to attend for four years?
No. Some students enroll for one or two years, attending just those colleges that are most relevant to their jobs. But many students do choose to go on to study for four years or more as a way of broadening the scope of their knowledge.
What is the Master’s Program?
The Master’s Program allows ICCFAU graduates to return to the University and take personally selected courses from each of the colleges. Because the college curricula are continually refined to reflect changes in the profession, there are always updated courses and new information available for continued professional development. Students registering for the Master’s Program must include a daily itinerary of their selected classes along with their registration.
What is the CEO Program?
Available to chief executives and company owners, the CEO Program allows top-level professionals to attend ICCFAU and take personally selected courses from each of the colleges. Students registering for this program are required to include a daily itinerary of their selected classes along with their registration. The CEO program does not count towards graduation.
Can I earn Continuing Education credits at ICCFAU?
Yes. Funeral directors can earn up to 25 CE credits, pending individual state approval. Please note that due to onerous and/or expensive filing requirements, the ICCFA no longer applies for continuing education credits in Pennsylvania or Virginia. ICCFA members applying for the Certified Cemetery Executive, Certified Funeral Executive, Certified Cemetery Funeral Executive, Certified Cremation Executive and/or Certified Supplier Executive designations through the association’s certification program will earn a total of 80 points toward certification upon completion of each college.