2024 Crematory Operations In-Person Trainings Announced

CANA Funeral Industry News Funeral Industry Press Releases February 6, 2024
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2024 Crematory Operations In-Person Trainings Announced

WHEELING, IL— If cremation is core to your business, your team needs training that ensures they have the technical, scientific, and legal knowledge to protect your operations. For 40 years, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has provided the most up-to-date training in crematory operations best practices in the industry with the original Crematory Operations Certification Program™ (CANA COCP™). For 2024, CANA announces opportunities for professionals to earn their certification in-person or online to meet the certification requirement of 19 states and earn up to eight hours of CE.

The CANA COCP includes an both an overview of the flame and water cremation process and the equipment and operations involved and a detailed look at essential cremation procedures such as chain of custody, reducing legal risk, and environmental issues. Both in-person and online trainings offer instruction created with input from leading AH manufacturers to ensure professionals have the latest information.

CANA provides multiple opportunities for crematory operations certification:

  • Austin, TX – June 9: Larry Stuart, Jr. and Wendy Wiener of WRW Legal share their crematory operations expertise with attendees in The Lone Star State, hosted by the Texas Funeral Directors Association as part of their 138 th Annual Convention & Expo.
  • Squamish, WA – August 6: Tom Krowl of Cremation Systems and Dave Daniels visit Washington state for late summer certification, hosted by Washington State Funeral Directors Association and the Washington Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association as part of their 2024 DeathCare Professionals Convention & Expo.
  • Albany, NY – October 8: John Mitchell of IR Environmental and Wendy Wiener offer New York State-specific training in collaboration with the New York State Division of Cemeteries, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Association of Cemeteries.
  • Wheeling, IL – November 15: Tom Krowl and Wendy Wiener wrap up the year in the Midwest with
    certification training at CANA HQ!

Register for any of these trainings and learn more at cremationassociation.org/COCP.

CANA’s Online Certification program helps busy funeral professionals earn their crematory operations certification on their own schedule, using their own device. Similar to the in-person version of the course, the Online COCP includes interactive content on alkaline hydrolysis and flame cremation – offering much more engagement than a mere recorded lecture! Plus, the online version allows professionals to work at their pace and to pause or resume on their schedule.

Developed for our increasingly diverse workforce, CANA’s certification has also expanded access to cremation best practices for flame and water cremation through professional translations to the most common languages in North America. Now, English-, Spanish- and French-language professionals can get CANA certified on their schedule, from their device, and in their preferred language.

Whether taken in-person or online, CANA COCP certification is a mark of distinction and ensures that employees have the most current crematory operations training—all developed in collaboration with crematory manufacturers, owner/operators, practitioners, and legal authorities. CANA is a recognized and valued brand for all things cremation, so funeral professionals benefit from the association’s decades of cremation expertise.

Registration is just $595 for both in-person and online training opportunities, and CANA Members, students, and service members receive discounts on this valuable certification! Learn more about the CANA Crematory Operations Certifications Program and demo the online course on the CANA website: goCANA.org/COCP.

About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.