2005-05-11 / Features

D’Arienzo Is Certified Funeral Service Practitioner

Peter D’ArienzoPeter D’Arienzo Peter N. D’Arienzo of Franklin Square, Long Island, has recently been awarded the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP).

D’Arienzo was born and raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He is a third-generation funeral director who started his career in funeral service with his family’s funeral home under his grandfather Peter, and his father, John. The D’Arienzo Funeral Home, Inc., is also located in Williamsburg and now is operated by D’Arienzo’s brothers, John and Andrew.

D’Arienzo is now a market manager for Service Corporation International in the New York major market; where he has responsibility for 36 funeral home locations throughout New York and New Jersey under the Dignity Memorial Network. He currently resides in Franklin Square, Long Island, with his wife, Laurie, and their children, Michael, Gregory and Sophia. D’Arienzo can be reached at peter.darienzo@sci-us.com.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs. The CFSP designation is the national individual recognition of the funeral service industry. The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, since its 1976 founding, has had as its goals 1) to recognize those practitioners who have voluntarily entered into a program of personal and professional growth, 2) to raise and improve the standards of funeral service and 3) to encourage practitioners to make continuing education a lifelong process in their own self-interest, the interest of the families they serve and the community in which they serve.

To initially receive this award, the practitioner must complete a 180-hour program of continuing education activities and events. In addition, the practitioner is required to accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify. Credits are awarded by the academy for work leading to personal and/or professional growth in four areas: academic activities, professional activities, career review and community and civic activities. Certified Practitioners may use the CFSP designation with their names for business letterheads, professional cards, and other appropriate uses. Certification is for individuals only and is not used to imply certification of a firm.

For more information about academy membership and certification, contact Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Executive Director Kimberly Gehlert, P.O. Box 2275, Westerville, Ohio 43086, 614-899-6200, www.apfsp.com.

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