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 distinguish themselves among their peers within the funeral service profession as they continue their education to exceed the highest standards of care.
The achievement is notable because French voluntarily elected to participate in quality educational and service opportunities that surpassed what the funeral service licensing board in Indiana requires.
He committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve families in the community with the level expected of a CFSP.
Since its 1976 founding, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice has had as its goals:
* To recognize those 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.