Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Webinar Courses

Past Courses

Click on a year below to see a list of continuing education events offered that year. 

Specialty Certifications

Location

August 4th, 2022 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
645 W. North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45227

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The State of Death Care Education-In Person Only

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PROGRAM LOCATION    

Wiedeman Brewery & Pub (former Imwalle Funeral Home), 4811 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45217

 

 PROGRAM DATE/TIME   

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 4:00PM 6:00PM

 

 PROGRAM DELIVERY     

In-Person / Seated / Open to Public

 

 PRESENTERS                   

CCMS Jack E. Lechner, Jr., CFSP, CT, CCMS President & CEO / Hosted by GCFSA

 

PROGRAM LENGTH        

2 Hours (2 CEC)

APPROVAL                         

Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (pending approval at August 19, 2021 Board meeting)

CATEGORIES                    

General, In-Person

 

 TO REGISTER                   

Jackie Hahn or Andria Schrock at: gcfsa@yahoo.com/ Phone: (513) 518-7001/Phone: (419)320-1391

 

     PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

    This 2 hour continuing education program presented by Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science President &       CEO, Jack E. Lechner, Jr., in partnership with Greater Cincinnati Funeral Director Association will be hosted at Wiedeman Brewery & Pub, 4811 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45217. Cash bar, appetizers provided, and tours of the brewery are available.

 

 This program aims to deliver an understanding of the prescribed ABFSE educational and national examination requirements, examination outcome data, along with insight into the college’s transformative curricula expansion and advanced trainings delivered in the new Educational Cremation CenterTM.

 

12th Annual Grief Conference

12th Annual Grief Conference-Webinar

Program

This Continuing Education course is three separate presentations rolled into one day. Registration is available for the full-day program (6CEUs) or individual sessions (2 CEUs ea.)

Course Options: 

Click the registration link at bottom of page to attend all or any of the following individual sessions in-person*:

  1. The State of Death Care Education
  2. Arlington National Cemetery: Restoring Honor
  3. The Lung Wait: When an Organ or Tissue Donation Saves the Life of Someone You Love 

Date: April 5, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Location:

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 
645 W. North Bend Rd. 
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Classroom A-B

In-person Cost: $135 (or $49 each per individual courses) 

*In-person sessions are limited to 40 attendees 

Program Overview

Boxed lunch will be provided to in-person registrants.

 

 

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Program

This Continuing Education course is three separate presentations rolled into one day. Registration is available for the full-day program (6CEUs) or individual sessions (2 CEUs ea.)

Course Options: 

Click the registration link at bottom of page to attend all or any of the following sessions via live zoom webinar:

  1. The State of Death Care Education
  2. Arlington National Cemetery: Restoring Honor
  3. The Lung Wait: When an Organ or Tissue Donation Saves the Life of Someone You Love 

Date: April 5, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Address:

Webinar link will be provided with registration confirmation email.

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 
645 W. North Bend Rd. 
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Webinar Cost: $125 ( or $49 each per individual courses) 

Program Overview

View the Webinar Instruction & Info Sheet 

 

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Conference

Welcome to CCMS, your premier source for continuing education and lifelong learning!

Even after you have finished your formal college education, you will spend a lifetime of learning as a licensed death care professional. In order to provide exceptional care to the families in your community, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest death care news and best practices. Continuing education for professionals is not only important but a licensing requirement that varies by state.

We  strive to offer educational programs that are both relevant and convenient.

  • We are proud to be planning the launch of ProfessionalCE online continuing education courses, making it easier for death care professionals across the nation to complete approved online course content.
  • We also offer professional certification programs in crematory operations, among many other interesting programs. and apprenticeship programs to help advance your career and keep you compliant with your state laws.

We invite you to browse our offerings to learn more about the different continuing education seminars, courses, and other programs available. If you have any questions, please contact us today for more information. 

Location

August 4th, 2022 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
645 W. North Bend Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45227

 

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Seated Courses

2021

August 31st, 2021

     Program: The State of Death Care Education

     CEUs: 2 hours Ohio approved CEUs


May 25, 2021

Program: Top Golf and CEUs

CEUs: 2 hours Ohio approved CEUs


June 29th, 2021

     Program: Ohio Master's Training Certification

     CEUs: 6 hours Ohio approved CEUs

Presenters

Master Certification Training

Master Certification Training

Registration

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j lechner

Presenter 

Jack E. Lechner Jr., CFSP, CT, President & CEO CCMS

Mr. Jack E. Lechner, Jr. was appointed as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016. He has devoted over four decades to death care service as a funeral director, embalmer, business owner, cemeterian, cremationist, and mentor. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s oldest, most revered non-profit death care educator, the Cincinnati College of Mortuary   Science, Mr. Lechner has established the college as a leader in transforming death care education.

Mr. Lechner holds a Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Master of Science degrees from Florida Tech and the National Defense University.

He earned the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP), is an active dual licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and Virginia, Ohio Certified Crematory Operator Permit holder, and an InSight Certified Funeral Celebrant.

Mr. Lechner earned his Certification in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) Educational Foundation.

A retired U. S. Army Colonel with 29+ years of active duty service, Mr. Lechner served at Arlington National Cemetery for five years as Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent. He has two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Dessert Storm. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals and various other awards. He is authorized to wear the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Rigger Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

 

j lechner

Presenter 

Jack E. Lechner Jr., CFSP, CT, President & CEO CCMS

Mr. Jack E. Lechner, Jr. was appointed as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016. He has devoted over four decades to death care service as a funeral director, embalmer, business owner, cemeterian, cremationist, and mentor. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s oldest, most revered non-profit death care educator, the Cincinnati College of Mortuary   Science, Mr. Lechner has established the college as a leader in transforming death care education.

Mr. Lechner holds a Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and Master of Science degrees from Florida Tech and the National Defense University.

He earned the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP), is an active dual licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Ohio and Virginia, Ohio Certified Crematory Operator Permit holder, and an InSight Certified Funeral Celebrant.

Mr. Lechner earned his Certification in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) Educational Foundation.

A retired U. S. Army Colonel with 29+ years of active duty service, Mr. Lechner served at Arlington National Cemetery for five years as Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent. He has two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Dessert Storm. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals and various other awards. He is authorized to wear the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Rigger Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

Poul Lemasters

Poul Lemasters Esq., Principal, Lemasters Consulting

Poul uses his unique background in both death care and law to provide resources and counsel to other death care professionals. He gets calls for assistance in risk management, daily operational conflicts, form and contract reviews, valuations, and regulatory matters. Basically, all the exciting issues our profession has to offer. Poul advises several funeral homes, crematory, cemetery, and trade associations across the United States. He is also the publisher of Parliament magazine. 

 

Ohio Master Training

Program Delivery

In-Person/Seated/Open to Public

Presenters

 Jack E.Lechner,Jr., CFSP, CT, President & CEO CCMS

 Poul Lemasters, Esq., Principal Lemasters Consulting

Beth Williams, LFD/LE, Instituitional Effectiveness CCMS

Wanda M. Lee. CFSP, MDI, LFD/LE, Faculty/Clinical Director CCMS

LaToya Henderson, CFSP, LFD/LE,OSHA Trainer, Faculty CCMS

 Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors Staff

Program Length 

6 Hours

Categories

Master Certification Training OAC 4717-01-1 (all mandated training topics). In Person, face to face (6 hours of 6 required under OAC 4717-9-1(G) Ethics (1 hour of required, 1 hour under OAC 4717-9-1(G)(1), Laws and rules (2 hours of required 2 hours under OAC 4717-9-1(G)(3)

First Offering

06/29/2021

Overview

This 6 hour continuing education and Master Certification Program delivered at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, 645 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 is a one-day seminar intended to deliver the most advanced and thorough training for funeral director and embalming "Masters". To achieve excellence as a Master Funeral Director and/or Master Embalmer, death care professionals must be intentionally invested in their role as a teacher and mentor and must desire to develop a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of required legal, ethical, and regulatory components, interpersonal communication skills, understanding of the apprentice's expanded educational concepts and a desire to help mold the candidates slated to carry on existing and new traditions as the future of the death care profession.

Qualified candidates for Ohio Funeral Director and/or Embalmer "Master", they must hold an active Ohio Funeral director or embalmer license for a period of no less than five years and be in good standing with the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The candidate must complete a one-day, six-hour face-to-face board approved training course. Master certification is valid for five years from date of training.

Training is delivered by Ohio Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Ohio laws, rules and regulation experts, and college educators specializing in death care and funeral service.

 

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Presenters

Larry

Larry Stuart, Jr., Founder, Cremation Strategies and Consulting

Larry Stuart, Jr. is the Founder of Cremation Strategies and Consulting, and the former President of Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc., a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced cremation equipment. Cremation Strategies and Consulting provides expert leadership, planning, organization, training, education, process improvement and strategic planning for the cremation profession. Throughout his experience Larry has seen firsthand the negative impact that poor crematory maintenance and improper operating procedures can bring about. Larry has written articles, developed cremation curriculum, and trained and certified thousands of cremation professionals across North America.

 

Ohio Master Training (Webinar)

Program Delivery

Live Interactive Webinar (Zoom Platform)/Open to Public

Presenters

Jack E. Lechner, Jr., CFSP, CT, President & CEO CCMS

Poul Lemasters, Esq., Principal Lemasters Consulting

Beth Williams, LFD/LE, Institutional Effectiveness CCMS

Wanda M. Lee, CFSP, MDI, LFD/LE, Faculty/Clinical Director CCMS

LaToya Henderson, CFSP, LFD/LE, OSHA Trainer, Faculty CCMS

Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors Staff

Program Length

6 Hours

First Offering

06/29/2021

Overview

This 6 hour continuing education and Master Certification Program delivered at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, 645 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 is a one-day seminar intended to deliver the most advanced and thorough training for funeral director and embalming "Masters". To achieve excellence as a Master Funeral Director and/or Master Embalmer, death care professionals must be intentionally invested in their role as a teacher and mentor and must desire to develop a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of required legal, ethical, and regulatory components, interpersonal communication skills, understanding of the apprentice's expanded educational concepts and a desire to help mold the candidates slated to carry on existing and new traditions as the future of the death care profession.

Qualified candidates for Ohio Funeral Director and/or Embalmer "Master", they must hold an active Ohio funeral director or embalmer license for a period of no less than five years and be in good standing with the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The candidate must complete a one-day, six-hour face-to-face (or live interactive webinar in accordance with Ohio's amended pandemic hardship rule) board approved training course. Master certification is valid for five years from date of training.

Training is delivered by Ohio Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers,Ohio laws, rules and regulation experts, and college educators specializing in death care and funeral service.

Webinar is delivered live telecast via Zoom platform. Link and instruction document will be provided to registrant's email after registering.

 

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Description

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Have you ever wondered how to manage in cases of cultural, ethnic, social or religious conflicts or in anticipation of misunderstandings that inevitably arise in human interactions? Been well-meaning but not sure what to say in exchanges that go beyond the realm of your life or professional experiences in bereavement care? Or simply desire to increase your “self” and “other” awareness, knowledge, and skills so that both you and the bereaved families in which you interact with feel appropriately supported within and across cultural, ethnic, social or religious lines at arguably the most vulnerable phase of life?  If so, this workshop, focusing on the biases that we bring and encounter in grief and loss, is for you.  This interactive workshop will explore recognized and unrecognized biases in meeting the diverse needs of contemporary families in end-of-life and after-death care from a developmental and contextual perspective.  We will explore theories of socially just practice and  conscientious strategies in expressions of caring among helping professionals that contribute to effective communication, trusting-building and positive outcomes for the bereaved. This workshop draws from research, practice and case studies.  It promises to enlighten as it provides practical experiences around biases that allow for self-reflection and problem-solving in a safe and professional environment. You will become more aware of the “lens” in which you look through as you serve the bereaved in our diverse community.

 

 The Annual Conference on Grief and Loss is the result of the collaborative efforts of several bereavement professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Our goal is to offer a one day program featuring a nationally recognized speaker to local bereavement providers in an affordable venue. 

 

 

 

Description

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Have you ever wondered how to manage in cases of cultural, ethnic, social or religious conflicts or in anticipation of misunderstandings that inevitably arise in human interactions? Been well-meaning but not sure what to say in exchanges that go beyond the realm of your life or professional experiences in bereavement care? Or simply desire to increase your “self” and “other” awareness, knowledge, and skills so that both you and the bereaved families in which you interact with feel appropriately supported within and across cultural, ethnic, social or religious lines at arguably the most vulnerable phase of life?  If so, this workshop, focusing on the biases that we bring and encounter in grief and loss, is for you.  This interactive workshop will explore recognized and unrecognized biases in meeting the diverse needs of contemporary families in end-of-life and after-death care from a developmental and contextual perspective.  We will explore theories of socially just practice and  conscientious strategies in expressions of caring among helping professionals that contribute to effective communication, trusting-building and positive outcomes for the bereaved. This workshop draws from research, practice and case studies.  It promises to enlighten as it provides practical experiences around biases that allow for self-reflection and problem-solving in a safe and professional environment. You will become more aware of the “lens” in which you look through as you serve the bereaved in our diverse community.

 

 The Annual Conference on Grief and Loss is the result of the collaborative efforts of several bereavement professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area.  Our goal is to offer a one day program featuring a nationally recognized speaker to local bereavement providers in an affordable venue. 

 

 

 

Overview

By popular demand CCMS will be providing a Master Certification training. This six-hour continuing education is delivered in a one-day session and intended to provide the most advanced and thorough training for funeral director and embalming “Masters”. To achieve excellence as a Master Funeral Director and/or Master Embalmer, death care professionals must be intentionally invested in their role as a teacher and mentor and must desire to develop a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of required legal, ethical, and regulatory components, interpersonal communication skills, understanding of the apprentice’s expanded educational concepts and a desire to help mold the candidates slated to carry on existing and new traditions as the future of the death care profession.

Qualified candidates for Ohio Funeral Director and/or Embalmer “Master”, he/she must hold an active Ohio funeral director or embalmer license for a period of no less than five years and be in good standing with the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The candidate must complete a one-day, six-hour board approved training course. Master training and certifications expires five years from the date of the last Certification issuance.

Overview

By popular demand CCMS will be providing a Master Certification training. This six-hour continuing education is delivered in a one-day session and intended to provide the most advanced and thorough training for funeral director and embalming “Masters”. To achieve excellence as a Master Funeral Director and/or Master Embalmer, death care professionals must be intentionally invested in their role as a teacher and mentor and must desire to develop a well-rounded understanding and knowledge of required legal, ethical, and regulatory components, interpersonal communication skills, understanding of the apprentice’s expanded educational concepts and a desire to help mold the candidates slated to carry on existing and new traditions as the future of the death care profession.

Qualified candidates for Ohio Funeral Director and/or Embalmer “Master”, he/she must hold an active Ohio funeral director or embalmer license for a period of no less than five years and be in good standing with the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The candidate must complete a one-day, six-hour board approved training course. Master training and certifications expires five years from the date of the last Certification issuance.

2020

August 12, 2020

Program: Ohio Master Certification - Embalmer & Funeral Director

CEU: 6 hours Ohio approved CEUs


September 30, 2020

Program: ICCFA Crematory Operator Certification Program

CEU: 7 hours Ohio approved CEUs (includes OH 2 hour Laws) 


October 21, 2020

Program: Ohio Mandatory 5 Preneed, Ethics, Laws 

CEU: Up to 5 CEU’s (SEATED or WEBINAR) based on course selection from Ohio’s mandatory topic areas.


November 11, 2020

Program: Ohio Mandatory 5 Preneed, Ethics, Laws 

CEU: Up to 5 CEU’s (SEATED or WEBINAR) based on course selection from Ohio’s mandatory topic areas.


December 9, 2020

Program: Ohio Mandatory 5 Preneed, Ethics, Laws

CEU: 

  • Up to 5 CEU’s (SEATED or WEBINAR) based on course selection from Ohio’s mandatory topic areas.
Poul Lemasters

Poul Lemasters Esq., Principal, Lemasters Consulting

Poul uses his unique background in both death care and law to provide resources and counsel to other death care professionals. He gets calls for assistance in risk management, daily operational conflicts, form and contract reviews, valuations, and regulatory matters. Basically, all the exciting issues our profession has to offer. Poul advises several funeral homes, crematory, cemetery, and trade associations across the United States. He is also the publisher of Parliament magazine. 

You will earn 6 CEU (2 Mandatory Law Hours and 1Mandatory Ethics Hour) and be certified to become the master for an apprentice (as long as you have been licensed for 5 years minimum).

Date:

May 3, 2022 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Location:

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 
645 W. North Bend Rd. 
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Presented via Zoom: Please ensure you have zoom downloaded before entering the webinar. 

Webinar Cost: $125

Presenters:

Jack E. Lechner Jr.CFSP, CT, President & CEO CCMS
Poul Lemasters, Esq., Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Attorney & National Keynote Speaker          Beth Williams, LFD/LE, Institutional Effectiveness CCMS
Wanda M. LeeCFSP, MDI, LFD/LE, Registrar CCMS 
Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors Staff

See attached for program details and presenter bios.

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This program will also be available in person. Click here to register for in person!

Speaker

 

Dr. Tashel Bordere is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She serves on the Board of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), Board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Advisory Council of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She served as Editor of the ADEC Forum publication. Dr. Bordere’s research program assumes a contextual approach focusing on cultural trauma, loss (violent loss, intangible loss) and suffocated grief among Black youth and families. She studies cultural practices that promote healing and survival.

 

 

 

Speaker

 

Dr. Tashel Bordere is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She serves on the Board of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), Board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Advisory Council of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She served as Editor of the ADEC Forum publication. Dr. Bordere’s research program assumes a contextual approach focusing on cultural trauma, loss (violent loss, intangible loss) and suffocated grief among Black youth and families. She studies cultural practices that promote healing and survival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will earn 6 CEU (2 Mandatory Law Hours and 1Mandatory Ethics Hour) and be certified to become the master for an apprentice (as long as you have been licensed for 5 years minimum).

Date:

May 3, 2022 10:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Location:

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science 
645 W. North Bend Rd. 
Cincinnati, OH 45224

In-person Cost: $135 (limited to 40 attendees)

Presenters:

Jack E. Lechner Jr., CFSP, CT, President & CEO CCMS
Poul Lemasters, Esq., Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Attorney & National Keynote Speaker          Beth Williams, LFD/LE, Instituional Effectiveness CCMS 
Wanda M. Lee, CFSP, MDI, LFD/LE, Registrar CCMS 
Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors Staff

See attached for program details and presenter bios.

Register Here!

This program will also be available via live webinar. Click here to register for the webinar!

 

2019 

February 20, 2019

Program: 2-Hour Ohio Cremation Law
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Jack Lechner

CEU

Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (2 CEU)

  • Satisfies 2 Hour Ohio Cremation Law requirement for new mandatory Crematory Operator Permit, and or

  • Satisfies 2 Hour Ohio Law topic area requirement for licensees (for new compliance period 2019-2020)

Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (2 hours)


February 20, 2019

Program: Planning and Conducting State & Notable Funerals
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Bob Boetticher, Sr.

CEU:

  • Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (2 CEU)

  • Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (2 hours)


February 21, 2019

Program: Crematory Operator Certification Program
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Poul Lemasters, Esq. and Larry Stuart, Jr.

CEU:

7 CEU's (most states)

Ohio approved Crematory Operator course

      • Satisfies 2 Hour Ohio Cremation Law requirement for new mandatory Crematory Operator Permit, and or

      • Satisfies 2 Hour Ohio Law topic area requirement for licensees (for new compliance period 2019-2020)

Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (2 hours)

Includes 2-hour Ohio law requirement.

Larry Stuart

Larry Stuart, Jr., Founder, Cremation Strategies and Consulting

Larry Stuart, Jr. is the Founder of Cremation Strategies and Consulting, and the former President of Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc., a leading manufacturer of technologically advanced cremation equipment. Cremation Strategies and Consulting provides expert leadership, planning, organization, training, education, process improvement and strategic planning for the cremation profession. Throughout his experience Larry has seen firsthand the negative impact that poor crematory maintenance and improper operating procedures can bring about. Larry has written articles, developed cremation curriculum, and trained and certified thousands of cremation professionals across North America.

Presenters

Continuing Education Approvals

Counselors and Social Workers:5 clock hours for those who attend the entire program. This program is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  Provider #RCS071902.

Nurses: 

Funeral Directors:  —CE’s approved by the Ohio Board of   Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Certified Funeral Service Practitioner: — contact hours approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service

Practice.

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Education Approvals

 

Counselors and Social Workers:  5 clock hours for those who attend the entire program. This program is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  Provider #RCS071902.

 Nurses: 

Funeral Directors:  CE’s approved by the Ohio Board of   Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Certified Funeral Service Practitioner: — contact hours approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

 

 

 

 

 

Presenters

2018 

March 21, 2018

Program: Crematory Operator Certification Program
Location: Fremont, OH
Presenter: Poul Lemasters, Esq. & Larry Stuart, Jr.
CEU:


March 27, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (WESTERN DISTRICT)
Location: Gilbertsville, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


March 28, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (SOUTHERN DISTRICT)
Location: Owensboro, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


March 29, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (SOUTHCENTRAL DISTRICT)
Location: Elizabethtown, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


April 17, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT)
Location: London, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


April 18, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (EASTERN DISTRICT)
Location: Morehead, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


April 19, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (NORTHERN DISTRICT)
Location: Florence, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


April 20, 2018

Program: History of Arlington National Cemetery & Transforming Death Care Education (CENTRAL DISTRICT)
Location: Lexington, KY
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 2


May 29, 2018

Program: Cremation Arranger Certification Program "CACP" (ICCFA/CCMS)
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Glenda Stansbury
CEU: 7 CEU pending


May 30, 2018

Program: Cremation Operator Certification Program "COCP" (ICCFA/CCMS)
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Poul Lemasters, Esq. & Larry Stuart, Jr.
CEU: 7 CEU pending


August 14, 2018

Greater Cincinnati Funeral Service Association (GCFSA)
Program: Create Innovative Custom Legacies with On-Demand Printed Solutions
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Presented by Dave, Erin, and Jacob - owners of Uncaged Software
CEU: Approved 2 CEU for Ohio


October 9, 2018

Greater Cincinnati Funeral Service Association (GCFSA) Meeting & Cookout
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS

Program: Dead Ringers, do you really have the caller at hello?
Presenter: Nicole Wiedeman
CEU: 1 hour

Program: 21st Century-Transforming Death Care Education
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: 1 hour


October 17, 2018

Program: Apprentice Series: Completing Ohio Task List Seminar Requirements
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Beth Williams (CCMS)
2 contact hours


October 26, 2018

Program: InSight Funeral Celebrant Certification - 3 Day Training
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Glenda Stansbury
CEU: Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice approved for 17 hours. State Board approval varies by state.


October 30, 2018

Program: Crematory Operator Certification Program (ICCFA)
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Poul Lemasters, Esq. & Larry Stuart, Jr.
Includes new two-hour Ohio law requirement


December 19, 2018

Program: Ohio Cremation Law. Cremation Liability – Ohio Laws and Regulations. “It’s Not Just Knowing Them – It’s What They Mean.”
Location: Cincinnati, OH - CCMS
Presenter: Poul Lemasters
Mandatory 2 hr supplemental for Crematory Operators

Jack E. Lechner, Jr., M.S., CFSP Certified in Thanatology

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science President & CEO

Mr. Jack E. Lechner, Jr. was appointed as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016. He is a retired U. S. Army Colonel with 29+ years of active duty service. He served at Arlington National Cemetery for five years as Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Dessert Storm.

Mr. Lechner holds a Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and Master of Science degrees from Florida Tech and the National Defense University. Jack is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), licensed funeral director/embalmer in Ohio and Virginia, Certified Crematory Operator and a Crematory Operator Permit holder in Ohio. Mr. Lechner is Certified in Thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and a Certified Funeral Celebrant.

His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals and various other awards. He is authorized to wear the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Rigger Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

Jack E. Lechner, Jr., M.S., CFSP Certified in Thanatology

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science President & CEO

Mr. Jack E. Lechner, Jr. was appointed as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016. He is a retired U. S. Army Colonel with 29+ years of active duty service. He served at Arlington National Cemetery for five years as Deputy Superintendent and Superintendent and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Dessert Storm.

Mr. Lechner holds a Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and Master of Science degrees from Florida Tech and the National Defense University. Jack is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), licensed funeral director/embalmer in Ohio and Virginia, Certified Crematory Operator and a Crematory Operator Permit holder in Ohio. Mr. Lechner is Certified in Thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and a Certified Funeral Celebrant.

His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals and various other awards. He is authorized to wear the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Rigger Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

 

2017 

February 15, 2017

Program: District #11
Location: Goshen, OH
Presenter: Jack Lechner 
CEU: Approved 2 CEU
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REGISTRATION & CONTACT Tim King, District President


February 16, 2017

Program: District #16
Location:
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: Approved 2 CEU
REGISTRATION & CONTACT Trey Wackerly, District President


March 22, 2017

Program: District #7
Location:
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: Approved 2 CEU
REGISTRATION & CONTACT District #7 President Amanda Crates amandacrates@gmail.com


April 5, 2017

Program: District #9
Location: Kettering, OH
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: Approved 2 CEU
REGISTRATION & CONTACT: Gary Heller, Marker & Heller Funeral Homes Inc. Marker.heller@sbcglobal.net (937) 275-7434


April 6, 2017

Program: District #10
Location: Piketon, OH
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: Approved 2 CEU
REGISTRATION & CONTACT: Dawn Scott Little, VP Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home, District 10 President ralphfscott@frontiere.com


April 27, 2017

Program: District #14
Location: Columbus, OH
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: Approved 2 CEU


May 30, 2017

Program: District #20
Location: Willoughby, OH
Presenter: Jack Lechner
CEU: Approved 3 CEU

Wanda Mullins Lee, CFSP, M.S.

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, COCP, Certified Funeral Celebrant/Trainer, Medicolegal Death Investigator, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Registrar/ Faculty

 

Wanda (Mullins) Lee is an Indiana and Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), a Certified Funeral Celebrant, a Certified Funeral Celebrant Trainer, and a Certified Indiana Medicolegal Death Investigator (MDI). She is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Greater Cincinnati Funeral Service Association, the Ohio Embalmers Association, the Indiana State Coroner’s Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association. Wanda is authorized to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the guidelines of the courtesy card Act (KRS 316.14).

Wanda is a 1996 graduate of CCMS where she earned her Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Indiana University and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Walden University. Wanda has been a faculty member with CCMS for over a decade, teaching a variety of professionally and regionally accredited curricula in mortuary science and social science. Wanda serves as the CCMS Clinical Lab Director as Coroner in Franklin County Indiana. She serves on the Board for Franklin County Emergency Management Services (EMS) and is a member of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) Chief’s Association. She also serves on Indiana’s Region 12 Child Fatality Review Team aimed at identifying areas of risk and reducing child deaths.

Wanda Mullins Lee, CFSP, M.S.

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, COCP, Certified Funeral Celebrant/Trainer, Medicolegal Death Investigator, Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Registrar/ Faculty

Wanda (Mullins) Lee is an Indiana and Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer, a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), a Certified Funeral Celebrant, a Certified Funeral Celebrant Trainer, and a Certified Indiana Medicolegal Death Investigator (MDI). She is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, the Greater Cincinnati Funeral Service Association, the Ohio Embalmers Association, the Indiana State Coroner’s Association, and the Funeral Ethics Association. Wanda is authorized to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the guidelines of the courtesy card Act (KRS 316.14).

Wanda is a 1996 graduate of CCMS where she earned her Bachelor of Mortuary Science Degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Indiana University and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Walden University. Wanda has been a faculty member with CCMS for over a decade, teaching a variety of professionally and regionally accredited curricula in mortuary science and social science. Wanda serves as the CCMS Clinical Lab Director as Coroner in Franklin County Indiana. She serves on the Board for Franklin County Emergency Management Services (EMS) and is a member of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) Chief’s Association. She also serves on Indiana’s Region 12 Child Fatality Review Team aimed at identifying areas of risk and reducing child deaths.

 

Poul Lemasters, Esq.

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Attorney & National Keynote Speaker Principal, Lemasters Consulting, LLC

Poul began his career in death care (funeral homes, cemeteries, cremation) more than 20 years ago as a funeral director and embalmer. He quickly recognized that the growing risk and liability in death care along with the lack of support and resources for those in this profession made for a deadly combination. So, he decided to go to law school—and he passed! Poul used his unique background in both death care and law to provide resources to the vast death care profession for years.

Today, Poul uses his multi-dimensional background as a platform to speak to ALL businesses. His unique background allows him to speak on a variety of topics that affect everyone; add in the death care and legal backdrop and you are in store for some unforgettable stories and experiences that will not soon be forgotten!

Poul Lemasters, Esq.

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Attorney & National Keynote Speaker Principal, Lemasters Consulting, LLC

Poul began his career in death care (funeral homes, cemeteries, cremation) more than 20 years ago as a funeral director and embalmer. He quickly recognized that the growing risk and liability in death care along with the lack of support and resources for those in this profession made for a deadly combination. So, he decided to go to law school—and he passed! Poul used his unique background in both death care and law to provide resources to the vast death care profession for years.

Today, Poul uses his multi-dimensional background as a platform to speak to ALL businesses. His unique background allows him to speak on a variety of topics that affect everyone; add in the death care and legal backdrop and you are in store for some unforgettable stories and experiences that will not soon be forgotten!

Beth Williams, B.M.S.

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Master LFD/EMB, COCP, Certified Funeral Celebrant                          Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Director of Institutional Effectiveness 

Beth began her career in death care in 1998 after earning the Bachelor of Mortuary Science from CCMS. She is currently working to complete the Masters of Science in Thanatology with Marian University. She has been an Ohio Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer for over twenty years, is a Certified Master Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and Certified Funeral Celebrant. She serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Continuing Education, and liaison to the college’s Board of Trustees to ensure strategic development, assessment, and continuity of the college's mission and leadership objectives.

Beth has worked with death care professionals as the Director of Continuing Education, as well as providing mentorship and support for graduates and registered apprentices. Beth developed the college’s Apprentice Seminar program at the college to ensure registered apprentices had access to affordable, specialized Ohio Task List content based apprentice seminars required throughout their apprenticeships. She has also implemented the Apprentice Registration course in collaboration with the needs and input of the OBEFD for each graduating student to help streamline the process and establish efficient and effective communication between apprentices and the licensing board.

Beth Williams, B.M.S.

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Master LFD/EMB, COCP, Certified Funeral Celebrant                          Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Director of Institutional Effectiveness 

Beth began her career in death care in 1998 after earning the Bachelor of Mortuary Science from CCMS. She is currently working to complete the Masters of Science in Thanatology with Marian University. She has been an Ohio Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer for over twenty years, is a Certified Master Funeral Director/Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and Certified Funeral Celebrant. She serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Continuing Education, and liaison to the college’s Board of Trustees to ensure strategic development, assessment, and continuity of the college's mission and leadership objectives.

Beth has worked with death care professionals as the Director of Continuing Education, as well as providing mentorship and support for graduates and registered apprentices. Beth developed the college’s Apprentice Seminar program at the college to ensure registered apprentices had access to affordable, specialized Ohio Task List content based apprentice seminars required throughout their apprenticeships. She has also implemented the Apprentice Registration course in collaboration with the needs and input of the OBEFD for each graduating student to help streamline the process and establish efficient and effective communication between apprentices and the licensing board.