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To register for an Operator Certification program click here to view upcoming events. Click here to fill out a registration form to mail/fax back to the CANA Headquarters with your payment.

Revised COCP 

Are you prepared?

In Cremation trends directly impact your business now more powerfully than ever before. Over the past five years, the cremation rate in the U.S. has increased nearly 20% and cremation will surely account for over 50% of all dispositions by 2020. Cremation lawsuits are devastating to firms and families alike. Environmental issues regarding crematories are being closely monitored. Don’t put your reputation at risk—educate yourself and your staff to protect your good name and avoid lawsuits and the monetary settlements being paid out to plaintiffs.

Why CANA Certification?

The Cremation Association of North America’s Crematory Operations Certification Program™ (COCP™) is the most comprehensive educational program in the industry, covering the best policies, practices, and procedures for dealing with the families who have chosen cremation as their method of memorialization and disposition. For 2014, CANA is offering multiple COCP sessions throughout the country to provide you with the best operational and legal information when it comes to running a five-star facility. 

CANA has partnered with crematory manufacturers, practicing industry experts, and subject matter specialists to help design this one-day program so that it is no longer just for crematory operators. Now personnel from every funeral home and crematory—owners, managers, funeral directors, and even support staff—can benefit from attending COCP. The program provides death care professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience a thorough knowledge of the practice, the risks, and the proactive measures to take for a prosperous cremation practice.

Ensure the safety of your employees and help protect your business by registering your crematory operators for this important program.

In one day, you will gain extensive knowledge—technical, scientific, and legal—all of which is proactive prevention for future business problems. During your certification training, you’ll learn about incinerator terminology, principles of combustion, cremation and the environment, incinerator criteria and design, basics of operation, common sense approaches to handling difficult cases, general maintenance and troubleshooting, and proactive measures to guard against cremation and funeral home litigation. New additions to the curriculum include interactive roundtable discussions and case studies. 

CANA has certified thousands of operators over twenty years. The program has been endorsed by FAMIC, state boards, and state associations. It has been included as a curriculum requirement at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. CANA and industry experts constantly work to ensure the crematory operations certification is up-to-date on the latest issues and needs of death care professionals. CEUs are available in numerous states. Check with CANA Headquarters at 312-245-1077 to determine if your state has already granted approval.

Why attend?

  • Cremation litigation is at an all-time high
  • Create a better awareness of cremation operations
  • Help your operator stay environmentally friendly
  • Learn how to cremate difficult cases
  • Listen to actual cremation lawsuits . . . hear depositions
  • Under pending legislation, crematory operators may be required to obtain certification

For more information on the Program Contact CANA Headquarters at (312) 245-1077.

Upcoming Dates

January 17, 2014 – Wheeling, IL

February 4, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

May 11, 2014  Branson, MO

May 16, 2014 – Baltimore MD

August 5, 2014 – Minneapolis MN

November 11, 2014  St. Petersburg, FL 


The COCP is offered several times throughout the year, with new offerings added to the website 2-3 months before they are to be held. Increase your level of professional services and marketability with the CANA crematory operators certification program. Please check our calendar of events frequently to see where the next offerings are to be held.

CANA is grateful to Implant Recycling for their generous support of the COCP programs.

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