About Commonwealth Institute
Devoted to Raising the Standards of the Profession
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas, is devoted to raising the standards of the funeral service profession by preparing students as funeral directors and embalmers.
The Institute offers two programs – an Associate of Applied Science Degree and a Certificate in Funeral Directing. We have been providing education for funeral service professionals – as funeral directors, embalmers or both – since 1936. The funeral services profession is our sole mission.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service (AAS) teaches students the skills and abilities essential for employment as an embalmer and funeral director. Graduates of this program will learn to:
- disinfect, preserve, and/ or restore a dead human body for the purposes of burial or other means of final disposition;
- conduct funeral service ceremonies of various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, humanistic and nontraditional customs;
- conduct funeral arrangement conferences with families;
- conduct necessary paperwork in funeral home management;
- be aware of proper workplace safety guidelines for funeral service personnel.
Graduates of this program may find entry-level employment as an apprentice/intern/provisional licensee with funeral homes, embalming services, cemeteries, pre-need sales and affiliate funeral service merchandise and embalming chemical companies.
Certificate in Funeral Directing
Is designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential for employment as a funeral director in the state of Texas only. This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.
Graduates of this program will be able to prepare, other than by embalming, a dead human body for burial, or other means of final disposition. They will learn how to conduct funeral service ceremonies of various religious, fraternal, military, traditional, humanistic, and nontraditional customs. Additionally, they will be able to conduct funeral arrangement conferences with families, conduct necessary paperwork in home management, and be aware of proper workplace safety guidelines for funeral service personnel. Graduates of this program may find entry-level employment as an apprentice/intern/provisional licensee with funeral homes, cemeteries, pre-need sales, and affiliated funeral service merchandise companies.
In addition, the Institute offers an Online Certificate in Funeral Directing, via web-based instruction.
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service provides equal educational opportunities without regard to race, religion, sex, age, veteran status, handicap or ethnic origin. Commonwealth Institute is an equal opportunity employer and complies with the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.”
Commonwealth Institute Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Mon-Thu 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Mon-Thu 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Mon-Thu 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Mon-Thu 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Mon-Thu 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Mon-Thu 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Fri – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The dates and times of laboratory sessions are scheduled at the beginning of each quarter.