Pet cremation and memorialization is one of the fastest growing death care markets in the United States and Canada. Many CANA members are considering or have added various pet services to their existing businesses. In recognition of this growing demand, CANA participates in a number of initiatives to provide information and support to these members.
We collaborated with the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) several years ago to draft standards for pet crematories. The IAOPCC continues to review and update these standards annually. In 2016, the two associations again collaborated to develop the CANA/IAOPCC Certified Pet Crematory Operator Program, using CANA’s widely accepted crematory operator certification as the foundation. This course is offered at the IAOPCC conference held in September each year.
The Cremationist has also featured several articles about pet cremation. Members can access the archives by logging in to our website.
Certified Pet Crematory Operator Training
The Certified Pet Crematory Operator Program (CPCO), a collaboration between the IAOPCC and CANA, is designed to ensure that business owners and their employees have the most current crematory operations training available in the market today. Participation in the CANA/IAOPCC CPCO Program assures the public that organizations are committed to safe pet cremation practices and that the utmost respect and care is a priority.
Participants will gain extensive knowledge—technical, scientific, and legal—all of which is proactive prevention for future business problems. The classroom component will address major topic areas such as an overview of the pet cremation process, equipment and operations, the cremation process in detail, and standards and ethics. The final exam will also be administered online. The course is taught using small group activities, case studies, videos, whole class discussions, and lecture. A detailed manual is also provided for use during class and serves as an important reference tool after returning to work.
Taught by industry experts, this program provides pet loss and cremation professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience a thorough knowledge of the practices and procedures that will help reduce the risk of litigation.
NOW OFFERED ONLINE! Now you can take the course online, on-demand, and at your pace from the comfort of home. The Online Certified Pet Crematory Operator course consists of 6 hours of online instruction and a final exam, but since it's self-paced, each time you log off, your last location will be bookmarked so you can resume where you left off the next time you log in. Register now- click here!
International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC): www.iaopc.com
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