Certification in Thanatology Application
ADEC Member Rate = $360
Nonmember Rate = $520
Fees for Fellow in Thanatology for those holding ADEC's
Certification in Thanatology:
ADEC Member Rate = $305
Non-member Rate = $460
Fees for Fellow in Thanatology for those who have not earned
ADEC's Certification in Thanatology:
ADEC Member Rate = $470
Nonmember Rate = $690
ADEC Member Rate Plus Exam Fee = $682
Currently, ADEC does not offer an undergraduate certification
Any course that is about thanatology (death, dying, bereavement,
suicide, hospice, loss and grief) will count towards the 60 contact
hours. Applicants must show documentation and prove that coursework
covered materials related to thanatology.
No, they are only recommended texts. It's your option to
purchase the three text books.
The exam is given online. You can take the exam from your home,
your office or anywhere that you have Internet access on the day of the
The certification exam is three hours long. No time is allotted
for breaks. If you must take a short break during the exam, no extra
time will be given for completion of the exam.
The exam is made up of 150 multiple choice questions.
Yes, there is a practice exam which serves to help familiarize
you with the online testing system. This is not a study tool. After you
meet all of the requirements and are approved to take the certification
exam, you will receive a study guide which contains a sample test and
registration information. Once you register for the certification exam,
you also gain access to the practice exam.
You can retake the exam at half the price the following
No. However, you may retake the exam at half-price the next time
it is offered.
The certification exam is offered once a year, in November. The deadline to apply for a given year's exam is in September of that year.
Please allow 12 weeks to receive the results of your
No. You must submit all of the required documentation (the
application, documentation, transcript, recommendation letters, payment
and letter confirming experience) together at one time.
Upon earning the CT or FT credential, certification remains
valid for the following three complete calendar years. Recertification
is required every three years.