The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.
In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.
CPCs must demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling specific requirements as they renew their certification every four years.
In addition to achieving the Certified Preplanning Consultant designation, Buckner has also been a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner since 1999, a designation also given by the National Funeral Directors Association.
He is a former director of the Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors from 2004-2008, and currently a board member of the Funeral Service Foundation.
“I believe it’s important to stay current and involved in the many educational opportunities available. These certifications allow me to provide the most up-to-date services and products to our families,” stated Buckner.
NFD’s Certified Preplanning Consultant program, established in 1997, recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to provide ethical and caring advance planning services for all families.
“Those who have earned the CPC designation have achieved a unique career distinction that is highly valued by families that want to plan meaningful funerals in advance,” according to Colleen Murphy Klein, CPC program manager for the NFDA.
NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics, and the strongest advocate for the profession.