After much deliberation, the ICCFA has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ICCFA University, set for July 17 to 22 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The decision to cancel comes as a result of currently ongoing public health and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Each year, students at ICCFA University are treated to a fantastic experience. Not just in the classroom, where they are given the opportunity to learn from experts across the deathcare profession, but also through our networking and social events. We’ve had many attendees tell us that the friends and connections they’ve made at ICCFA University have stuck with them for life. Following both required and recommended guidelines, we would not be able to safely provide our students the experience they’ve come to expect. With input from the ICCFA leadership, staff, ICCFA University Deans, public health experts, and our membership, we have decided to cancel the 2020 ICCFA University Program.
As a result of this cancellation, the ICCFA is developing a free webinar program with the deans of each of the colleges at ICCFAU. Free and open to everyone to attend, we hope that these digital offerings will keep you informed and make you even more excited to join us for ICCFA University 2021. More information on these webinars will be posted on iccfa.com as it becomes available.
All paid registrants will be issued a full refund on their registration fees. If you were awarded a scholarship to attend this year’s ICCFA University, your scholarship will be carried over and applied to the 2021 ICCFA University. Scholarship winners will be contacted directly with more information on this process.
The Emory Conference Center Hotel, the ICCFAU host hotel, is aware of this cancellation, and is in the process of canceling all reservations made within the ICCFA room block. If you have questions about your specific reservation, please reach out to the hotel at 404-712-6000. As for travel reservations, please contact your transportation provider directly.
We are certainly disappointed that we can’t bring everyone together at Emory University this year but be sure to mark your calendar for July 23–28, 2021, when we will return to the Emory campus to enjoy their southern hospitality and the full ICCFAU experience!
What is ICCFA U?
ICCFA University is held for five days each July. Undergraduate students enroll in one of the University’s eight colleges and spend the entire five days learning about that area of the profession. Students who complete four colleges become ICCFAU graduates (the CEO program does not count towards graduation), but attending four years is not required for enrollment. Some students enroll for one or two years, attending just those colleges that are most relevant to their jobs. But many students do choose to go on to study for four years or more as a way of broadening the scope of their knowledge.
Who can attend?
ICCFA University is open to employees of all cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories and related businesses. Prior college attendance is not required. In general, it is designed for students who are:
- Company owners and chief executive officers.
- Managers seeking to develop additional skills and knowledge in order to improve their techniques and operations.
- Managers who are interested in moving into new areas of responsibility.
- Managers new to the cemetery and funeral service profession.
- Staff interested in advancing into management positions.
- Staff interested in improving their skills to better serve their employers and their client families.
- Suppliers who want to network and gain a better understanding of their customers’ challenges.
What is the Masters Program?
The Master’s Program allows ICCFAU graduates to return to the University and take personally selected courses from each of the colleges. Because the college curricula are continually refined to reflect changes in the profession, there are always updated courses and new information available for continued professional development. Students registering for the Master’s Program must include a daily itinerary of their selected classes along with their registration.
What is the CEO Program?
Available to chief executives and company owners, the CEO Program allows top-level professionals to attend ICCFAU and take personally selected courses from each of the colleges. Students registering for this program are required to include a daily itinerary of their selected classes along with their registration. The CEO program does not count towards graduation.
Are Continuing Education credits available through ICCFAU?
Yes. Funeral directors can earn up to 25 CE credits, pending individual state approval. Please note that due to onerous and/or expensive filing requirements, the ICCFA no longer applies for continuing education credits in Pennsylvania or Virginia. ICCFA members applying for the Certified Cemetery Executive, Certified Funeral Executive, Certified Cemetery Funeral Executive, Certified Cremation Executive and/or Certified Supplier Executive designations through the association’s certification program will earn a total of 80 points toward certification upon completion of each college.