Fellow in Thanatology (FT®)

Fellow in Thanatology (FT®) is an advanced professional certification for thanatology professionals. It recognizes practitioners and educators in the discipline of death, dying, and bereavement who have met specified knowledge requirements measured through a standardized testing process and who demonstrate advanced levels of competency in teaching, research and/or clinical practice through a professional portfolio.

An Advanced Certification Task Force of experts from the ADEC membership with advice from members of associated organizations developed the FT® credential and the criteria for the professional portfolio.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master's/doctorate degree
  • Five years of experience in the field of thanatology
  • Two letters from a supervisor or colleague familiar with the candidate's work
  • Verification of education and experience
  • The foundation level Certification (CT®) in ADEC*
  • A minimum of 12 units on the professional portfolio with complete documentation

* Individuals who have not earned the CT® certification may apply for Fellow in Thanatology but are required to successfully pass the CT® exam before they will be awarded the FT® certification.

For more information or to prepare for the Certification Exam if you have previously earned the Certification in Thanatology, read the FT® Candidate Information Bulletin (with CT®) for more information. If you haven't yet earned Certification in Thanatology, read the FT® Candidate Information Bulletin (without CT®) for more information.

For additional certification information, including fees for CT®, FT® and recertification, contact:
ADEC's Administrative Director at adec@adec.org.