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Green Burial Council (GBC) Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service
This certificate provides students with a foundation for offering environmentally sustainable funeralservices in our modern world. The certification consists of two-parts: completing and passing the Mid-America College of Funeral Service’s GBC310 – Changing Landscapes course and passing the Green Burial Council (GBC) Proficiency Exam. The first and only course of its kind, GBC310 – Changing Landscapes covers family and professionally directed home vigils, home and cemetery burials, innovations to funeral service and disposition options, and ways that funeral professionals can adapt to meet the changing environmental and cultural expectations of the families they serve. This distinction allows students to express to their communities their passion for being a steward to our planet even in death. Currently, the GBC310 – Changing Landscapes course can be taken through the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Management (BFSM) as an elective.
Green Burial Council Certificate Overview
Upon completion and passing of the GBC310 – Changing Landscapes course, you will become eligible for the GBC Proficiency Exam. The GBC Proficiency Exam fee is $150.00. Upon passing the GBC exam, you will earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service through the Green Burial Council.
Mid-America College of Funeral Service Curriculum
The curriculum fulfills the requirements to receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service. The one (1) courses required to complete and pass is:
|Course #||Course||Semester Hours||Credit Hours|
|GBC 310||Changing Landscapes in Green Funeral Service||2.67||4|
The Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service is not a program and/or certificate taken through Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Mid-America College provides the educational platform for the Green Burial Council. The GBC exam is taken through the Green Burial Council. The Green Burial Council awards the certificate after the passing of the GBC exam.
Mid-America College of Funeral Service is not regionally accredited and that may limit the transfer of credits to another institution. All transfer credits are dependent on the receiving institution
GBC 310 - (Open Elective) Changing Landscapes in Green Funeral Service (4 Qtr. Credits)
This course primarily explores the growth of ethical, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable green funeral services. Growing numbers of funeral consumers are expressing a strong interest in living—and dying—with a lighter hand on the land, creating a demand for innovative products and authentic services that they may not perceive to be available in standard conventional service. Many consumers have been drawn toward home funerals, home vigils, and green (or natural) burials, as well as biodegradable, fair-market, and footprint-conscious products. This course explores the in-depth rise in environmentally-conscious products and practices, aesthetics and ethics. Learn how the contemporary perception of funerals is changing and how funeral service providers can meet their needs with integrity—and stay in business at the same time. Students who take and pass this course will be eligible to earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service from the Green Burial Council.
Green Burial Council
To learn more about the Green Burial Council and the Green Burial Council (GBC) Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service, please review the following sites:
- GBC Homepage: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/
- GBC Green Funerals Course: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/green_funerals_course.html
- GBC Green Funeral Assessment: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/green_funerals_course.html
Non-Degree Seeking (NDS) Students
Students wishing to only enroll in the GBC310 course “Changing Landscapes in Green Burial Service” may do so. Students that enroll in this course as a standalone, will be considered ‘non-degree seeking’; meaning they are not enrolled in a program and are not eligible for financial aid (TIV).
Students will be charged at a rate of $270.00 per quarter credit hour and cost of book(s) for the course. Fees associated with the course can be found, here.