Certified Pet Crematory Operator Program Now Available Online

CANA Funeral Industry News Funeral Industry Press Releases November 29, 2018

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Certified Pet Crematory Operator Program Now Available Online

WHEELING, IL— The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) are excited to announce that the Certified Pet Crematory Operator Program (CPCO) is available online! This prestigious and sought-after certification is now readily available to pet crematory operators everywhere.

The new Certified Pet Crematory Operator Program (CPCO), a collaboration between the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories and the Cremation Association of North America, was first released in 2016 as an in-person course. “We are thrilled with the partnership with the IAOPCC. Moving the IAOPCC/CANA CPCO course online extends the reach to pet cremation providers from both associations and fulfills our mission of providing excellent member benefits,” says Barbara Kemmis, CANA Executive Director.


Participation in the CANA/IAOPCC CPCO Program assures the public that organizations are committed to safe pet cremation practices and that the utmost respect and care is a priority. Utilizing the core standards set forth in the IAOPCC’s Accreditation Program, the industry’s only accreditation program, the class addresses major topic areas such as an overview of the pet cremation process, equipment and operations, and standards and ethics. This self-paced and highly interactive online class is available for registration at any time, allowing learners to complete the course on their schedule and from the convenience of their office or home on any device.

IAOPCC Executive Director Donna Shugart-Bethune is excited about the opportunities the new online CPCO program brings to its members and all pet aftercare professionals.  “This program really answers a need in our industry for relevant, mobile, self-paced learning.  Pet aftercare professionals can now access the benefits of on-line learning for themselves and their employees, learning at their own pace within their environment.  This is a game-changer for our Members and the pet aftercare industry.  Anytime you can put best practices and accreditation standards directly into their environments, everyone benefits.  We are excited to be doing just that!”

The online course will be hosted on CANA’s Learning Management System. Both CANA and IAOPCC members receive discounted pricing. Visit http://gocana.org/cpco for more details or to register. Please note: the CANA/IAOPCC Certified Pet Crematory Operator program is not interchangeable with the certification received through the CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program. This program is only open to those directly involved in pet cremations.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,300 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.


The International Association of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories (IAOPCC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the standards, ethics, and professionalism of pet cemeteries and crematories around the world. With members in more than 15 countries, IAOPCC is the recognized leader in the pet aftercare profession.