A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs and CFSP is the funeral service's national individual recognition.
"A select few have distinguished themselves among their peers within the funeral service profession as they continue their education to exceed the highest standards of care," Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Inc., Executive Director Kimberly Gehlert said. "This achievement is especially notable because Rob has voluntarily elected to participate in quality educational and service opportunities that far surpass what the funeral service licensing board in Indiana requires.
"Rob has committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve you and families in your community with the level of excellence expected of a CFSP. The Board of Trustees of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice commends you for choosing to put your trust in the hands of a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner."
Since its 1976 founding, the academy has had as its goals:
* To recognize practitioners, who have voluntarily entered into a program of personal and professional growth,
* To raise and improve the standards of funeral service, and
* To encourage practitioners to make continuing education a lifelong process in their own self-interest, the interest of the families they serve and the community in which they serve.
To initially receive the award, practitioners must complete a 180-hour program of continuing education activities and events. In addition, the practitioner is required to accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify. Credits are awarded by the academy for work leading to personal and/or professional growth in four areas, including:
* Academic activities,
* Professional activities,
* Career review (for retroactive credit), and
* Community and civic activities.