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Dodds requalifies for professional recertification

FPS staff report

Lester DoddsLester A. Dodds of Carrollton recently qualified for recertification as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Dodds, owner of Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home of Carrollton and Amsterdam, is also a lifetime member of the academy.

A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs and CFSP is the funeral service’s national individual recognition.

The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, since its founding in 1976, 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 life-long process in their own self-interest, the interest of families they serve and the community in which they serve.

To initially receive the 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 or professional growth in the following 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 firm or business.

Dodds has been associated with Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home for the past 35 years. He and his wife, Melanie, have two sons, Aaron and Andrew. Andrew is also involved in the family funeral business. They reside in the Carrollton area. 

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