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Certified Crematory Operator Program (CCO)

Cremation litigation is on the rise. Protect your firm through cremation due diligence practices and provide your families with the best cremation service possible.

This program offers a must-have certification for everyone offering cremation to the families they serve. Whether you currently own or operate a crematory, are thinking of opening one, or want to evaluate a third-party crematory, this training is necessary for your success. 

The recognized certification standard for funeral service professionals, NFDA’s Certified Crematory Operator Program™ covers best practices for safe, proper, and ethical crematory operations, excellence in service to cremation families, and much more. Opportunities for Continuing Education credit may also be available in your area.

Enroll today - look at the NFDA Event Listing or scroll down for upcoming seminars!

The NFDA CCO certification program is state-approved for cremator operator certification in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia at this time. It also meets specific training requirements in states that require training but not certification. Contact NFDA for details.

Seminar Presented by

Mike Nicodemus, NFDA Vice President, Cremation Services

Host a CCO Seminar

It is beneficial and easy to host this program locally. Simply complete the CCO Host Interest Form (if you are inquiring from a school, please complete the CCO Host Interest Form for Schools) or call Mike Nicodemus at 800-228-6332 for more information.

Recent CCO host and executive director of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Lacy Whittaker, said that hosting the CCO program was easy.

“The work was done for us by NFDA,” she said, “and it is a great benefit to our association’s members to bring this cremation certification training right to our door.  It keeps travel costs down and participants get all the training they need at a reasonable price from the top instructors.  It’s been a win-win for everyone who has taken advantage of this program in Virginia.”

Continuing Education
APFSP and many state funeral licensing boards approve NFDA CCO seminars for 7 CE hours; some state approval hours may vary. NFDA has applied for approval as a crematory operator certification training provider in states mandating operator certification; laws regulating crematory operations and certification vary by state. Certain states mandate that individuals must meet additional criteria to qualify and practice as certified crematory operators in those states; it is your responsibility to verify that you meet all requirements for crematory operator certification in your state.

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NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminars