Certified Memorialist Program

The MBNA Certification Program was developed as a result of a three-year study program by some of the industry's most recognized leaders. It raises the professional standards to those engaged in the memorialization industry and awards the top level of competence and ethical conduct. The MBNA Certified Memorialist® (CM) designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available in the memorial industry. Certification is awarded to individuals, not a firm as a whole. Both Members and non-members of MBNA can apply to become a CM.

CMs are recertified every three years with requirements to continue their involvement in the profession and education.

To become a Certified Memorialist®, a candidate must:

  • have at least two years of experience working full-time in the memorial profession
  • be currently employed full-time in the memorial profession
  • have acceptable character, ability and reputation
Certified Memorialist Program


Deadline is December 30

A scene on a monument can come to life in the thoughts and memories of loved ones. A memorialist (monument builder) can capture your stories in stone so that you and your family can reflect on a life well-lived.

Who's your hero? Memorialization is about recording the stories of the every-day heroes that impact our lives more than any other people on earth.

Memorialization is about healing the people that few people that mourn your loss and recording a little bit of the flavor of your character for the many people who will follow after you.

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