Crematory Operators Certification

The OFDA periodically offers the Crematory Operator Certification. Continue to check back here for added dates    

The Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors requires all AIC's obtain a crematory permit.  Proof of a valid national crematory certification and the completion of two hours in Ohio crematory law/rule is required prior to applying for a permit.

4717-15-01 Crematory Operators Permit

(A) Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code section 4717.051, an individual seeking an initial crematory operator's permit on January 1, 2019 shall submit the following to the board:

(1) Evidence of a board approved crematory certification program completed on or after January 1, 2014 or evidence of expiration of a board approved crematory certification within the last two years; and

(2) Evidence of a completed two hour course on laws and rules relevant to this state and specific to crematory operation.

4717-15-05 Crematory Operator Permit Education

(A) Pursuant to Section 4717.051, each person authorized by permit to practice in this state as a crematory operator shall attend a two hour course on law and rules for the two year compliance period ending December 31, 2018 and every two years thereafter. The two hour course shall consist of laws and rules relevant to this state and specific to crematory operation.

(B) Completion of the two hour course satisfies the requirement set forth in division (H)(3) of 4717-9-01 of the Administrative Code and may count toward renewal for an individual licensed under Chapter 4717. of the Revised Code.


August 28-29, 2018

Cremation Arranger Certification and Crematory Operator Certification

Online registration available.

OFDA Headquarters, Columbus, OH


Online registration link

Arranger & Operator Certification Brochure (register via mail or fax)

August 28

Cremation Arranger Certification

Learn to connect and build relationships with the families you serve. When your families say “cremation,” say, “let’s celebrate their life.” Share the value of the funeral by using a fresh approach to the arrangement process. You will learn to be articulate during this process, as well as a master of assessing your clients, online, on the phone and in person.

8:00 am   Registration      8:30 am - 4:30 pm   Program

Six hours continuing education earned

August 29

Crematory Operator Certification

This dynamic one day interactive course offers you extensive, in-depth training on how to operate a crematory retort properly and effectively, and limit the liability for your funeral home or crematory. (Required two hour Ohio crematory law section included)

8:00 am   Registration     8:30 am - 5:00 pm   Program

Attendees receive a comprehensive Operations Manual covering all aspects of crematory operation and maintenance. Online, open-book test required to receive your certification.

Seven hours continuing education earned