ADEC Pre-Approval Program Process


ADEC is pre-approving programs to count towards certification contact hours, to ease the approval process for applicants towards Certification in Thanatology. Institutions, organizations or agencies can submit their courses or programs to be listed on the ADEC website as pre-approved for certification or recertification.  

View Pre-Approved Programs

If you would like your program to count towards certification contact hours, fill out this form and e-mail it to Credentialing Administrator, with credit card information for payment. Or send payment and form to:

Association for Death Education and Counseling
400 S 4th Street Suite 754E
Minneapolis, MN 55415


Requirements are as follows:

  1. The course, program or workshop is offered either by an educational institution that appears in the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs, or has been  approved to offer continuing education credits for nurses, physicians or any of the mental health licensed disciplines (e.g. psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and many more).  Programs which are not offered by an institution so appearing in the database or having been so approved for continuing education credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. ADEC reserves the right not to list any program with a topic or schedule similar to programs offered by ADEC.

  2. The body offering the program submits the following to ADEC: the title of the program, the faculty name and credentials, program description and objectives, and documentation of approval of the program or institution by other accrediting bodies, along with the application fee.

  3. ADEC will charge $75 for one course or program, and $175 for multiple courses or programs offered by an institution or organization per calendar year (make checks payable to Association for Death Education and Counseling).  ADEC reserves the right to set a limit on the number of courses or programs covered by the multiple course fees.  Programs offered by ADEC Institutional Members or delivered by an ADEC member are eligible for a $10 discount per course or $25 discount for multiple courses or programs. 

All submissions will be reviewed and approved using the same criteria that are currently used when applicants submit their material for certification or recertification. When an organization or institution is applying for approval of multiple courses or programs, each course or program must be approved separately; only those programs that are pre-approved by ADEC will be covered by the agreement.

Programs that are pre-approved will have permission to use the following language in their marketing and program materials:  “The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT programs.”  Programs may not use the CT or FT logos in any material they prepare or suggest in their materials that ADEC has endorsed or approved their programs.  Programs also may not use language implying that their programs prepare people to take the CT exam.