Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Questions related to Licensure by Exam and Endorsement
What are the requirements for a funeral director license by examination?
The requirements for licensure can be reviewed in the Board’s regulations under 18VAC65-20-231 Requirements for funeral director license by examination.
What are the requirements for an embalmer license by examination?
The requirements for licensure can be reviewed in the Board’s regulations under 18VAC65-20-232 Requirements for an embalmer license by examination.
Will I be required to take the State Board Exam (SBE) in addition to the National Board Exam (NBE)?
Whether you take the SBE or the NBE depends upon (1) whether you completed an ABFSE accredited mortuary science or funeral service program and (2) the license you seek - whether Funeral Service License, Funeral Director License, or Embalmer License.
There are currently two versions of the Arts and Sciences exams given by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
- The National Board Exam (NBE - Arts and NBE - Sciences) are given to individuals who have graduated from an ABFSE accredited mortuary science or funeral service program and are applying for their Funeral Service License.
- The State Board Exam (SBE - Arts or SBE - Sciences) will be given to applicants who do not meet the criteria for the National Board Exam (i.e. who did not graduate from an ABFSE accredited program) and who wish to obtain a Funeral Director only or Embalmer only license in Virginia.
All applicants are required to pass the Virginia State Exam on Laws, Rules, and Regulations (VA-LRR) prior to licensure regardless of license type.
What are the requirements for licensure by reciprocity or endorsement?
Licenses for the practice of funeral service, funeral directing, embalming, or its equivalent license issued by other states, territories, or the District of Columbia may be recognized by the board and the holder of such license or licenses may be granted a license to practice funeral service, funeral directing, or embalming within the Commonwealth.
Licenses may be granted to applicants by the board on a case-by-case basis if the applicant holds a valid license for the practice of funeral service, funeral directing, embalming or its equivalent license in another state, territory, or the District of Columbia and possesses credentials which are substantially similar to or more stringent than required by the Commonwealth for initial licensure at the time the applicant was initially licensed.An applicant for licensure by reciprocity or endorsement shall pass the Virginia State Board Examination.
How do I renew my license or registration?
A person, establishment, crematory, courtesy card holder or surface transportation and removal service that desires to renew its license or registration for the next year shall submit the renewal form and applicable fee no later than the yearly March 31 deadline provided in 18VAC65-20-120.
1. In order to renew an active funeral service, funeral director, or embalmer license, a licensee shall be required to comply with continuing competency requirements set forth in 18VAC65-20-151.
2. The board shall not renew a license for any licensee who fails to attest to compliance with continuing competency requirements on the renewal form.
B. A person who or entity that desires to renew an expired license for up to one year following expiration shall comply with requirements of subsection A of this section and also submit the applicable fee for late renewal.
C. A person who or entity which fails to renew a license, registration, or courtesy card by the expiration dates prescribed in 18VAC65-20-120 shall be deemed to have an invalid license, registration, or courtesy card and continued practice may subject the licensee to disciplinary action by the board.
A. The board may consider reinstatement of an expired license or registration that has not been renewed within one year of expiration for up to three years following expiration. An application request for reinstatement shall be submitted to the board and shall include payment of the reinstatement fee prescribed in 18VAC65-20-70.
B. If the Virginia license of a funeral service provider licensee, funeral director, or and embalmer is lapsed three years or less and the applicant is seeking reinstatement, he the applicant shall provide evidence of having completing the number of continuing competency hours required for the period in which the license has been lapsed.
C. When a license is not reinstated within three years of its expiration date, an applicant shall reapply for licensure and pass the state examination.
What are the continuing competency requirements for renewal of an active license?
A. Funeral service licensees, funeral directors, or funeral embalmers shall be required to have completed a minimum of five hours per year of continuing education offered by a board-approved sponsor for licensure renewal in courses that emphasize the ethics, standards of practice, preneed contracts and funding, or federal or state laws and regulations governing the profession of funeral service.
1. One hour per year shall cover compliance with laws and regulations governing the profession, and at least one hour per year shall cover preneed funeral arrangements. The one-hour requirement on compliance with laws and regulations may be met once every two years by attendance at a meeting of the board or at a committee of the board or an informal conference or formal hearing.
2. One hour of the five hours required for annual renewal may be satisfied through delivery of professional services, without compensation, to low-income individuals receiving health services through a local health department or a free clinic organized in whole or primarily for the delivery of those services. One hour of continuing education may be credited for one hour of providing such volunteer services, as documented by the health department or free clinic. For the purposes of continuing education credit for volunteer service, an approved sponsor shall be a local health department or free clinic.
B. Courses must be directly related to the scope of practice of funeral service. Courses for which the principal purpose is to promote, sell or offer goods, products or services to funeral homes are not acceptable for the purpose of credit toward renewal.
C. The board may grant an extension for good cause of up to one year for the completion of continuing education requirements upon written request from the licensee prior to the renewal date. Such extension shall not relieve the licensee of the continuing education requirement.
D. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the continuing education requirements for one renewal cycle due to circumstances determined by the board to be beyond the control of the licensee.
Where do I find more information regarding the Virginia LRR examination?
The Virginia state exam (Laws, Rules, and Regulations “LRR”) for Funeral Service Licensees is administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. For more information, exam candidates may click here to visit their website or click here to access the “LRR” Candidate Handbook.