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Mid-Winter Registration is Open! More information may be found below.  

Crematory Operator’s Certification Program (COCP)


Our Crematory Operator’s Certification Program (COCP) from Matthews School of Cremation, will be held January 17, 2019, at the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center in Macon, GA. This one day program, from Matthews School of Cremation, will certify you, your staff and/or operators in crematory operation. This program is also appropriate for anyone working with cremation and retorts. Your certification will be valid for 5 years! 

GFDA is offering this program to help funeral directors meet the requirement detailed in the RULES OF GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE - Rule 250-6-.07 Crematory Inspections. We encourage you to review the information carefully to determine your need for certification. 




Crematory Operator’s Certification Program (COCP) - January 2019 - Macon, GA

 Event check-in & onsite registration will begin at 8:00 am  

The Crematory Operator’s Certification Program (COCP) will be held on Thursday, January 17, at the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center in Macon, GA.  
GFDA is offering this program to help funeral directors meet the rule requirement detailed below.   
We encourage you to review the information carefully to determine your need for certification.  

This one day program, from Matthews School of Cremation, will certify you, your staff and/or operators in crematory operation.  
This program is also appropriate for anyone working with cremation and retorts. 
 Your certification will be valid for 5 years!   
Our discounted attendee pricing includes class materials, certificate of completion, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. 

This training has been approved by the Georgia Board of Funeral Service and Alabama Board of Funeral Service. 

NOTE: Your certification expiration date is determined by the training program you participated in. If you attended the GFDA Cremation Certification in February 2014, your certification will expire in 2019. If you participated in another program and are unsure of your certification expiration date, contact your training provider. 

Ensure Your Compliance with Georgia Regulations! 

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Thank You to Our Program Sponsor

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COCP Agenda

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The Matthews School of Cremation COCP is the benchmark for all crematory operator training programs. For over 20 years, this Matthews course has been conducted on behalf of CANA, NFDA, ICCFA and numerous state and Canadian Associations. This 8 hour educational program will provide operators with a strong foundation on the design and operation of cremation equipment, as well as day to day crematory operations. It has been completely updated to reflect current industry standards and includes a professionally developed series of videos that teach the basics of operating a crematory, and a step by step guide of the entire cremation process from receiving the case to packaging of cremated remains. Some of the topics covered are Principles of Combustion, Cremation and the Environment, Record keeping, and Handling, Processing and Packaging of Cremated Remains. 






Mid-Winter - February 2019 - Greensboro, GA  Registration is Open! 

Join us February 24 and 25, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA.

Our event will open with our Welcome Reception, followed by dinner with Charlie Watts.  Hear the latest in legislative news straight from our Lobbyist. 
After dinner, attendees are invited to spend the evening relaxing with your fellow funeral service professionals in our Hospitality Cottage.

Monday morning we will offer timely programs from first class speakers that will focus on helping your business
not only survive the changes in funeral service but thrive!  You will not want to miss these classes! 

"Be Audacious: Adapting to Win" with Mary Andres Russell,  Professional Development Manager - East, Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

"The Distinction Advantage: What You Need to Know to Not Only Survive But Thrive" with Chuck Gallagher 

Continuing Education Hour applications have been submitted to the Georgia Board of Funeral Service and Alabama Board of Funeral Service. 

NOTE: This is NOT an exhibit event; however, we encourage vendors to attend as we offer numerous opportunities to network with funeral directors. 

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

GFDA event sponsorships include pre and post event marketing, event signage, and your pre-printed flyer included in our attendee packages.  Our Mid-Winter also offers two unique opportunities: 

  • Hospitality Cottage - Includes all of the above, individual signage and an opportunity to address our attendees during dinner. 
  • Chuck Gallagher - Includes all of the above, individual signage, an opportunity to address attendees, and an opportunity for your representative to introduce his program. 
Let us help market your company by becoming a Mid-Winter Sponsor today! 

Mid-Winter Registration Forms Please complete the form(s) below and return them with your payment. 

Sponsor Registration Form 

Due to print deadlines, sponsorship registration will close February 5, 2019

Attendee Registration Form

Early Registration will close February 5, 2019


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1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642

Remember to Make Your Room Reservation Early

Online reservations may be made HERE

If you prefer to reserve by phone, call 800-944-5884 and reference the group name Georgia Funeral Directors Association.   

Our room block rate of $185 is subject to state & local taxes (12%) as well as State Hotel/Motel fee ($5) per room/per night. The block will remain open until February 4 or until it is sold out, whichever comes first.  If you have difficulty making room reservations contact staff@gfda.org for assistance. 

Thank You to Our Mid-Winter Sponsors

DIAMOND PLATINUM

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