Funeral Director Recertification
Moraine Park Technical College provides a comprehensive package of continuing education hours to meet the State of Wisconsin licensing requirements for Funeral Directors.
Fifteen hours of continuing education are offered every year during the two-year window that funeral directors are required to complete their continuing education. An additional 7.5 hours are offered in Fall of the 2nd certification year to help funeral directors who may need additional hours to meet the licensing requirements.
All topics available are in hourly units in categories approved by the Licensing Board of Wisconsin. The schedule of topics is designed to allow funeral directors to finish their continuing education requirements in one year, over two years, or to pick up additional hours to meet the 15 hour requirement. The schedule is as follows:
Spring: one day, 7.5 hours
Summer: two days, 15 hours (combination of the spring and fall topics)
December: one day, 7.5 hours (different topic than spring session)
Same schedule as Year One with the addition of 7.5 hours offered in Fall (topic is a duplication of either spring or December offering.)
Presenter: Michael Sharkey, Funeral Director/Attorney
A Peer Driven Communication Analysis of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Funeral Service Ethics
(Category I; 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
This three hour long presentation will be taught using the Socratic Method in which the audience attendees drive the conversation, discussion, and debate funeral service ethics with Attorney Michael Sharkey serving as a facilitator. This method of communication stimulates critical thinking and draws out ideas and underlying assumptions. The framework and basis for both general business ethics and the use the NFDA’s model Ethics Code will be the subject matter discussed. Further exploration will be various funeral service ethical fact patterns coming from personal experience and practice. The goal is to have a truly interactive back and forth dialogue that provides students greater confidence in talking to large groups, allows them to develop the ability to argue and be persuasive, and teaches them to think critically within the context of funeral service ethics. This program has been very well received at state conventions and is unique in the fact that the presenter does less speaking than the collective participants themselves.
NEW! Bloodborne Pathogens (Category IV; 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Funeral Director Mark Arnold produces and directs this one hour long video presentation which focuses on OSHA training for funeral directors and discusses the bloodborne pathogen standard and other funeral service specific OSHA concerns. Attorney Michael Sharkey will proctor the session and be available for interactive questions.
Legal Concerns and Best Practices for the Modern Funeral Director (Category II; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
This presentation will be an analysis and review of the latest developments in mortuary law, discussion of cases drawn from the personal experience of Attorney Michael Sharkey as both a litigator and expert witness. Best practice advise and “take home ideas” for the participants to implement at their funeral businesses (whether a funeral home, crematory, or cemetery operation) will be provided. The overall theme is for attendees is to learn how to better protect their business, reputation in the community, and pocketbook. Discussion will include nuances of the GPL and how it can be used to bolster the funeral home, a better understanding of insurance, a review of legal and PR pitfalls seen in mortuary law and how to avoid them, and anecdotes from Attorney Sharkey’s personal work that are informative for the modern funeral service professional.
Friday, October 20, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fond du Lac Campus
$229.00 (62 & over $200.31) per person. Lunch is on your own.
Register now by calling 920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554, TTY/VP: Use Relay/VRS
For more information, contact Leanne by email or phone at 920-924-6408, TTY/VP: Use Relay/VRS
Continuing Education Credit now available to Minnesota and Illinois Licensees. Please note: Individuals from out of state may be subject to an additional out-of-state fee.