Preconvention Seminars

Preconvention seminars require separate registration.

Friday, October 7

Certified Celebrant Training

Glenda Stansbury
InSight Institute
Matt Bailey
President | Bailey Family Funeral Homes

Seminar Day 1: Friday 1 - 6 p.m.
Seminar Day 2: Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Seminar Day 3: Sunday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

As families’ wishes continue to evolve, it is important to offer a variety of services that meet their needs and exceed their expectations. Fewer families incorporate religious rites into memorial services now so how can you fill that gap? Many funeral homes look to celebrants and find it most economical to train their staff to accommodate this growing demand for customized services. A certified celebrant works with a funeral director to provide a personalized service that reflects the personality and life of the deceased. (17 CE hours through InSight Institute).

Separate registration required
This is a 3-day seminar

$865 NFDA members or eligible non-funeral directors
$995 nonmember funeral directors

The rates above are for a 3-day seminar. Fee includes light meals and refreshments.

Register for Certified Celebrant Training

Saturday, October 8

7:30 a.m - 4 p.m | Preconvention Seminar

NFDA Cremation Certification Program (7 CE hours)

Michael Nicodemus
Vice President, Cremation Services | NFDA

Whether you currently own or operate a crematory, are thinking of opening one, or want to evaluate a third-party crematory, this training is essential for your success. NFDA’s Cremation Certification Program covers best practices for safe, proper and ethical crematory operations; sets the standard for excellence, compliance and integrity in cremation services; and provides the information you require to address potential cremation liability issues. NFDA offers the only cremation certification program specifically created to protect funeral directors and the families they serve. Seminar and test based on NFDA Cremation Standards for Funeral Service Professionals manual. CE and certification require passing the online Cremation Certification Test. (7 CE hours)

Separate registration required

Onsite Registration: 7:30  – 8 a.m.

$525 NFDA members and qualifying nonmembers
$695 nonmember funeral directors
$160 mortuary students

Fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Register for Cremation Certification

8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. | NFDA Arranger Training

NFDA Arranger Training (up to 8 CE hours)

Melissa Posey Loose, MA, LFD, CCO
Training and Development Manager | NFDA

Learn how to deliver attentive service before, during, and after the arrangement conference through NFDA’s own creative five-step process. This high-energy, interactive program provides those meeting with families the tools to convey the value of the their Deathcare offerings, support families, and design memorable life-honoring events. Through a combination of small- and large-group discussions, problem-solving and creative collaboration, attendees will leave with fresh approaches for meeting families’ needs both inside and outside of the arrangement conference room. (Up to 8 CE hours)

Separate registration required

Onsite Registration: 7:30 – 8 a.m.

$495 NFDA members and qualifying nonmembers
$625 nonmember funeral directors
$160 mortuary students

Fee includes refreshments and lunch.


COMPLIMENTARY registration is available for registered apprentices attending with their preceptor or paying registrant from the funeral home at which they are working.

Documentation of a current apprenticeship registration, such as a letter from the state licensing body or from the Funeral Service professional sponsoring the apprenticeship, must be provided to NFDA at the time of Arranger Training registration.

CE credit will not be issued for the apprentice attending with this complimentary registration.

Call Member Services at 1-800-228-6332 to register for this special offer.

Register for Arranger Training

Sunday, October 9

8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. | Preconvention Seminar

Extreme Restoration Case Solutions: “What to Do and Use” (4 CE hours)

Karl Wenzel, CFSP
Founder | Canadian School of Advanced PREP

Instructors will illustrate step-by-step techniques to make viewing possible when faced with the worst cases imaginable. Discover how to chemically treat and restore various levels of decomposed and traumatized individuals. Expand your knowledge and comfort level to tackle the most difficult cases. Chemical selection and techniques will be discussed. See and learn what new products and techniques are in the prep room. We’ll examine conditions such as edema, jaundice, cancer and severe emaciation and discuss how to solve these modern-day dilemmas in the preparation room. (4 CE hours)

Separate registration required

$180 NFDA members before September 20; $205 after September 20, 2022.
$255 nonmember funeral directors before September 20; $280 after September 20, 2022.
$90 for mortuary students

Register for Embalming Seminar: Extreme Restoration Case Solutions