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

One of the most iconic tools of a stone mason is the square-tipped chisel used to break stone in a straight line. This video shows the centuries-old process of rock pitching.

Memorialization is about making memories permanent. This video portrays the story of a father, a son, and some tender moments that were recorded in stone for the generations to remember.

Why do we choose to remember? Because remembering is beautiful and ennobling.

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