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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Questions related to Funeral Interns and Supervisors:

For Interns:

What are the application requirements to become a funeral intern?

A person desiring to become a funeral service intern shall apply on a form provided by the Board, which shall include documentation of the applicant’s qualifications and signatures of any supervising licensees.  The form can be found on the Board’s website under Applications and Forms.

In addition, the applicant shall attest that he holds a high school diploma or its equivalent, pay the required fee (currently $150) and provide to the Board any additional documentation that may be required to determine eligibility.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817; 18VAC65-40-180; 18VAC65-40-40)

What if I have a prior criminal conviction?

The Board, in its discretion, may approve an application to be a funeral service intern for an individual convicted of a felony, if he has successfully fulfilled all conditions of sentencing, been pardoned, or has had his civil rights restored. The Board shall not, however, approve an application to be a funeral service intern for any person convicted of embezzlement or of violating subsection B of § 18.2-126.

The Board, in its discretion, may refuse to approve an application to be a funeral service intern for an individual who has a criminal or disciplinary proceeding pending against him in any jurisdiction in the United States.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817)

Am I required to complete mortuary school prior to an internship?

No, completion of mortuary school is not required for registration as a funeral service intern.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817)

How many internship hours must I complete?

The internship shall consist of at least 3,000 hours of training to be completed within no less than 12 months and no more than 48 months.

In addition, before a funeral service intern becomes eligible to be examined for the practice of funeral services, the intern shall present evidence along with an affidavit from any licensee under whom the intern worked showing that the intern has assisted in embalming at least 25 bodies and that the intern has assisted in conducting at least 25 funerals.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817; 18VAC65-40-130(A))

Where can I perform my internship?

According to the Board’s Regulations, 18VAC65-40-210 and 18VAC65-40-220:
Funeral training shall be given at the licensed funeral service establishment or at any branch of such establishment that complies with the Board’s requirements and is approved by the Board as a training site. An individual, firm, or corporation owning or operating any funeral service establishment shall apply to and be approved by the Board prior to permitting funeral training to be given or conducted in the establishment.

In order for an establishment or two combined establishments to be approved by the Board as an internship training site, the establishment or establishments must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a full and unrestricted Virginia license;
  2. Have complied in all respects with the provisions of the regulations of the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers; and
  3. Have 50 or more funerals and 50 or more bodies for embalming over a 12-month period for each person to be trained. This total must be maintained throughout the period of training. If the establishment does not meet the required number of funerals or embalmings, the funeral service intern may seek approval for an additional training site.

The Board may grant approval for a resident trainee to receive all or a portion of the embalming training at a facility of state or federal government or an accredited educational institution.

(18VAC65-40-210, 18VAC65-40-220)

How many hours per week may I work?

The funeral service intern shall be assigned a work schedule of not less than 20 hours nor more than 60 hours per week in order to receive credit for such training. For good cause shown, the Board may waive the limitation on an intern's work schedule.

(18VAC65-40-130(B))

When can I start my internship hours?

Internship hours can only start after an intern has become registered with the Board.  If the internship is not approved by the Board prior to initiation of training, no credit shall be allowed for the length of time served.

(18VAC65-40-201)

Once I am registered, what is the process for reporting my hours?

At the end of every 1,000 hours of training, the intern, the supervisor or supervisors, and the establishment shall submit a written report to the Board.  The report shall:

  1. Specify the period of time in which the 1,000 hours has been completed and verify that the intern has actually served in the required capacity during the preceding period; and
  2. Be received in the board office no later than 14 days following the end of the completion of 1,000 hours. Late reports may result in additional time being added to the internship.

Please note that credit for future intern hours will not be allowed until the intern’s previous report has been approved by the Board.

If the intern, supervisor, or establishment manager fails to submit the reports as required by the regulations, the intern may forfeit all or partial credit for training or disciplinary action may be taken against the intern, supervisor and establishment manager.

The reporting forms can be accessed on the Board’s website under Applications and Forms.

(18VAC65-40-330, 18VAC65-40-320)

Who is responsible for completing the intern reporting forms?

Both the funeral service intern and the supervisor are responsible for completing the reporting forms and signing the required attestations.

The intern reporting forms have been revised recently – what has changed?

The revised intern reporting forms require much of the same information regarding hours and areas of training as previous forms.  The revised forms include additional areas of training and require that interns provide specified information, including case names and dates, for the embalmings and funerals with which he or she has assisted.  The forms no longer include a rating scale for proficiency in areas of training; feedback on proficiency will be gathered from supervisors on the third 1,000 hour report, as well as the final report of completion.

What information do I need to provide in my 1,000 hour reports?

The reports shall specify the time in which the 1,000 hours have been completed and verify that the intern has actually served in the required capacity during the preceding period.

The reports also include information on the intern’s training activities, as well as the funerals and embalmings that the intern has assisted with during the reporting period.  The intern must provide specified information, including case names and dates, regarding the embalmings and funerals with which he or she has assisted.

(18VAC65-40-320; Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817)

What information do I need to provide in my final report?

The Final Completion Report includes an evaluation of the internship to be completed by both the intern and supervisor.  The intern and supervisor both must sign the report and attestations.

What if my supervisor cannot sign the reporting forms?

The intern’s supervisor must sign the reporting forms in order for the intern to receive credit for the internship hours reported.

When are reporting forms due to the Board?

The intern, the supervisor or supervisors, and the establishment shall submit a written report to the board at the end of every 1,000 hours of training. The report shall be received in the board office no later than 14 days following the end of the completion of 1,000 hours.

(18VAC65-40-320)

Can I fax or e-mail my intern reports to the Board?

No.  The original intern reports with original signatures must be transmitted to the Board offices in order for the intern to receive credit for hours reported.

How do I report the termination of an internship to the Board?

Pursuant to 18VAC65-40-320 of the Board’s Regulations:

B. If the internship is terminated or interrupted prior to completion of 1,000 hours or if the intern is changing supervisors or training sites, the intern and the supervisor shall submit a partial report to the board with a written explanation of the cause of program termination or interruption or of the change in training or supervision.

1. The partial report shall provide the amount of time served and the dates since the last reporting period. Credit for partial reports shall be given for the number of hours of training completed.

2. Partial reports shall be received in the board office no later than 14 days after the interruption or termination of the internship or after the change in supervisors or training sites. Credit may be deducted for late reports.

(18VAC65-40-320)

Do I need to renew my intern registration with the Board each year?

Yes.  The funeral service intern registration shall expire on March 31 of each calendar year and may be renewed by submission of the renewal notice and prescribed fee.

A person who fails to renew a registration by the expiration date shall be deemed to have an invalid registration. No credit will be allowed for an internship period served under an expired registration.

(18VAC65-40-90)

What if I need more time to complete my internship?

For good cause shown, the board may grant an extension of time for completion of an internship.

According to the Board’s Guidance Document 65-15, adopted January 18, 2011, the board policy on granting an extension is as follows:

Further, if all requirements for licensure are not completed within five years of initial application, the Board may deny an additional internship.

(18VAC65-40-130; Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817; Guidance Document 65-15)

Can I lose credit for my hours?

According to Virginia Code § 54.1-2817:

Credit shall not be allowed for any period of internship that has been completed more than three years prior to application for license or more than five years prior to examination for license. If all requirements for licensure are not completed within five years of initial application, the Board may deny an additional internship.

In addition, the submission of late reports may result in additional time being added to the internship.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817; 18VAC65-40-320)

Do I need to complete continuing education hours as an intern?

No, a funeral service intern is not required to complete continuing education hours for renewal of a funeral intern registration.

What if my address, name, employment, or supervision changes during the course of my internship?

The funeral service intern is responsible for notifying the board within 14 days of any changes in name, address, employment, or supervisor.

(18VAC65-40-90)

For Supervisors

What are the requirements to become an intern supervisor?

Each sponsor for a registered funeral service intern must be actively employed by or under contract with a funeral establishment.

Further, a licensee seeking approval by the board as a supervisor shall submit a completed application and any additional documentation as may be required to determine eligibility.

The application for supervision of a funeral service intern shall be signed by the establishment manager and by the persons who will be providing supervision for embalming and for the funeral services.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817; 18VAC65-40-280)

What are the supervision requirements for a funeral service internship?

The Board’s Regulations, 18VAC65-40-250, contain the following requirements for supervision:

A. Training shall be conducted under the direct supervision of a licensee or licensees approved by the board. Credit shall only be allowed for training under direct supervision.

B. The board shall approve only funeral service licensees, licensed funeral directors, or licensed embalmers to give funeral training who have a full and unrestricted Virginia funeral license, have at least two consecutive years in practice and are employed full time in or under contract with the establishment, facility, or institution where training occurs.

C. A supervisor licensed as an embalmer or a funeral director shall provide supervision only in the areas of funeral practice for which he is licensed.

D. Failure to register as a supervisor may subject the licensee to disciplinary action by the board.

E. If a supervisor is unable or unwilling to continue providing supervision, the funeral service intern shall obtain a new supervisor. Credit for training shall resume when a new supervisor is approved by the board and the intern has paid the prescribed fee for the change of supervisor.

(18VAC65-40-250)

How many interns am I permitted to supervise?

No more than two funeral service interns shall be concurrently registered under any one person licensed for the practice of funeral service, funeral directing or embalming.

(Virginia Code Section 54.1-2817)

What are my responsibilities as a supervisor?

The Board’s Regulations, 18VAC65-40-340, set forth the responsibilities of an intern supervisor as follows:

A. The supervisor shall provide the intern with all applicable laws and regulations or sections of regulations relating to the funeral industry.

B. The supervisor shall provide the intern with copies of and instruction in the use of all forms and price lists employed by the funeral establishment.

C. The supervisor shall provide the intern with instruction in all aspects of funeral services and shall allow the intern under direct supervision to conduct all necessary arrangements for a minimum of 25 funerals.

D. The embalming supervisor shall provide instruction on all necessary precautions, embalming functions, and reporting forms and shall allow the intern under direct supervision to perform a minimum of 25 embalmings.

E. The supervisor shall provide the intern with instruction in making preneed funeral arrangements and instruction on the laws and regulations pertaining to preneed funeral contracts and disclosures.

F. The supervisor shall provide instruction on cremation and on the laws and regulations pertaining to cremation.

G. If a training site does not offer preneed funeral planning or cremation services, the supervisor shall arrange for such training at another licensed funeral establishment that does.

(18VAC65-40-340)

What is my responsibility for an intern’s hourly reports?

Both the funeral service intern and the supervisor are responsible for completing the reporting forms and signing the required attestations.

If the intern, supervisor, or establishment manager fails to submit the reports required in 18VAC65-40-320, the intern may forfeit all or partial credit for training or disciplinary action may be taken against the intern, supervisor and establishment manager.

The reporting forms can be accessed on the Board’s website under Applications and Forms.

(18VAC65-40-330)

If I am licensed as a Funeral Director only, can I also provide supervision to an intern in embalming?

A supervisor licensed as an embalmer or a funeral director shall provide supervision only in the areas of funeral practice for which he is licensed.

(18VAC65-40-250)

What steps do I need to take as a supervisor if the intern is terminated?

Pursuant to 18VAC65-40-320 of the Board’s Regulations:

B. If the internship is terminated or interrupted prior to completion of 1,000 hours or if the intern is changing supervisors or training sites, the intern and the supervisor shall submit a partial report to the board with a written explanation of the cause of program termination or interruption or of the change in training or supervision.

1. The partial report shall provide the amount of time served and the dates since the last reporting period. Credit for partial reports shall be given for the number of hours of training completed.

2. Partial reports shall be received in the board office no later than 14 days after the interruption or termination of the internship or after the change in supervisors or training sites. Credit may be deducted for late reports.

(18VAC65-40-320)

 

Questions related to Funeral Service Licensure:

This section is currently being updated.

Questions related to Preneed Funeral Planning:

General Information
Cancellation 
Payment 
General Funding Information 
Trust Account 
Claims Against this Contract
General Goods and Services
Pricing
Caskets and Containers
Embalming
Assistance

General Information

Is there more than one type of preneed agreement?

Yes. Guaranteed contracts mean that the costs of certain individual items or the cost of the total package will never be more to your family or estate. Nonguaranteed means just the opposite. (See the section entitled “General Funding Information” for more information on guaranteed and nonguaranteed costs.)

Contracts may be funded by insurance/annuity policies, trusts, or transfer of real estate/personal property.

What are my protections?

You should take your completed preneed contract home before you sign it and review it with your family or your legal advisor. You have a right to this review before you sign the contract or pay any money.

You should also read carefully the information in this disclosure statement. If you have any questions, contact the seller for more information or contact your legal advisor.

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CANCELLATION

Can I cancel my preneed agreement if I change my mind? Will I get my money back?

You may cancel payment for supplies or services within 30 days after signing the agreement. If you funded your preneed arrangement through a trust, the preneed arranger will refund all the money you have paid plus any interest or income you have earned.

If you funded your preneed arrangement through a revocable trust and you cancel the preneed contract AFTER the 30 day deadline, you will be refunded all of your money on the items that are not guaranteed and 90% of all your money on the items that are guaranteed. You will also receive any interest or income on that amount. A revocable trust is a trust that you can cancel.

There may be a penalty to withdraw money from a revocable trust account which has already been established in your name. If there is, your contract will give you this information. (See the first question under the section entitled “Payment” below.)

If you have funded your preneed arrangement through an irrevocable trust, you will not be able to cancel the trust agreement or receive a refund. An irrevocable trust is one that cannot be canceled.

If you funded your preneed arrangement through an insurance policy/annuity contract which will be used at the time of your death to purchase the supplies and services you have selected, you will need to pay careful attention to the cancellation terms and conditions of the policy. You may not be eligible for a refund.

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PAYMENT

What happens to my money after the contract is signed?

Your money will be handled in one of several ways. It may be deposited in a separate trust account in your name. The trust account will list a trustee who will be responsible for handling your account. The funeral home you have selected as your beneficiary will also be listed. You have the right to change the funeral home and the trustee of your account prior to receiving the supplies and services under the preneed contract.

Your money may be used to purchase a preneed life insurance policy, which may be used to pay for your arrangements upon your death. The proceeds of the policy will be assigned to the funeral home of your choice. You may change the funeral home assignment at any time prior to receiving the supplies and services under the preneed contract.

You may decide to choose a life insurance policy or a trust account that requires regular premium payments and not have to make an up-front, lump sum payment.

May I pay for goods and services with real estate or personal property?

Yes. When you pay for these supplies and services in whole or in part with any real estate you may own, the preneed contract that you sign will be attached to the deed on the real estate and the deed will be recorded in the clerk’s office of the circuit court in the city or county where the real estate is located.

If you pay for goods and services with personal property other than cash or real estate, the preneed arranger, will declare in writing that the property will be placed in a trust until the time of your death and will give you written information on all the terms, conditions, and considerations surrounding the trust. The preneed arranger will confirm in writing that he has received property.

You may decide not to transfer the title of the personal property to the preneed arranger of your preneed contract. In this situation, you will have to submit information to the preneed arranger in writing that you are giving him the property without a title, and describe the property and where it will be kept until the time of your death.

In either case, the written statements will be recorded in the clerk’s office of the circuit court of the city or county in which you live. The written statement does not have to be a separate document.

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GENERAL FUNDING INFORMATION

If the prices of the goods and services are affected by inflation between now and my death, will the funding I choose be adjusted accordingly?

There is a possibility that the funding may fail to keep up with inflation. This could mean that the funding you choose could have insufficient value to cover all expenses.

What happens if my funding is not enough to cover the full cost of these arrangements?

If the entire funeral or specific items in the agreement are guaranteed by the preneed arranger, your family or estate will not have to pay any more for those items provided that you have paid the grand total in full and all interest earned is allowed to accumulate in your account. However, if you have not paid the account in full and have not allowed the interest to accumulate in the account and any items increase in price, your family or estate would be responsible for the extra amount if the funds are not sufficient. In some situations where you pay toward your funding with regular premiums rather than in one lump sum, your account may not be enough at the time of your death to cover everything.

What happens to the extra money if my funding is more than what is needed to pay for these arrangements?

Sometimes, as explained in the answer above, your funding account may not have had the time to grow sufficiently before your death to cover items which are guaranteed in price to you, yet have increased in price for the funeral home.

After funeral expenses are paid, there may be money left over. Because of the on-going risk that a funeral home takes in guaranteeing prices for you, the funeral home may not be required to return this excess money.

Some funding agreements and funeral homes, however, require that extra money be returned to the estate or family. Others do not. You should obtain information concerning this in writing before signing the preneed contract.

The answers to the following questions will depend upon the terms and conditions of the individual’s funding and preneed agreements.

Please review your preneed contract and/or funding agreement for answers to these question.

What happens to my preneed contract if I change my assignment from one funeral home to another?

(Funeral home shall place answer here)

 

What happens to my preneed contract if I change the beneficiary of my funding or the use of my proceeds from the funding?

If you make such changes, it could void your contract. You should request specific information from the preneed arranger and the funding arrangement.

What will happen to my preneed contract if I fail to make agreed to premium payments to my funding source?

(Funeral home shall place answer here)

Do I get any money back if I surrender or cancel my funding arrangements?

(Funeral home shall place answer here)

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TRUST ACCOUNT

If my money goes into a trust account, what information will I receive about that account?

If you want your money to go into a trust fund, the trust agreement must furnish you with information about the amount to be deposited into the account, the name of the trustee, information about what happens to the interest your trust account will earn, and information about your responsibility to file and pay taxes on that interest.

If there are filing expenses connected with your trust account, you will be notified what the expenses are and whether you or the preneed arranger is the responsible party for paying those.

What happens to the interest earned by the trust?

The interest earned by the trust may be handled in different ways by different trust arrangements. The interest may have to go back into your account if items on your contract are guaranteed. You may be responsible for reporting that interest to the Internal Revenue Service and paying taxes on it. You will be responsible to pay any taxes on the interest earned even if you cancel your trust account.

Some trust accounts cannot be canceled.

There may be special fees deducted from your interest. However, you may still be responsible for paying taxes on the entire amount of interest earned before the fees were deducted. Please ask your preneed arranger for a written list of any fees so you will have a clear understanding about them before you sign the contract.

If I pay my trust in premium payments, what happens if I die before the grand total of the funeral has been placed in trust?

(Funeral home shall place answer here)

CLAIMS AGAINST THIS CONTRACT

Can someone to whom I owe money make a claim against the money, personal property, or real estate that I have used to pay for this contract?

No. This money or property cannot be used to settle a debt, a bankruptcy, or resolve a claim. These funds cannot be garnished.

Can the money or property be taxed?

No. Currently, interest earned on the money you deposit in a trust, savings account, or the value of the property you used for payment can be taxed but not the original amount which you invested. Interest earned on annuities is generally deferred until withdrawal.

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GENERAL GOODS AND SERVICES

If I choose goods and services that might not be available at the time of my death, what is the provider required to do?

The funeral home which you select is required to furnish supplies and services that are similar in style and equal in value and quality if what you choose is no longer made or is not available at the time of your death.

Your representative or next-of-kin will have the right to choose the supplies or services to be substituted. However, if the substitute is more expensive than the item originally selected by you, your designee or next-of-kin would be responsible for paying the difference. Under no circumstances will the funeral establishment be allowed to substitute lesser goods and services than the ones you chose.

If, before your death, the funeral home goes out of business or is otherwise unable to fulfill their obligation to you under the preneed contract, you have the right to use the proceeds at the funeral home of your choice.

If the inability to provide services does not become apparent until the time of your death, the individual that you named as your designee could use the funds for services at another funeral home.

May I choose the exact item I want now and have the funeral home store it until my death?

If the funeral home or supplier has a storage policy you may ask for this service. If the funeral home or preneed arranger agrees to store these items, the risk of loss or damage shall be upon the funeral home during the storage period.

For example, what would happen if you select a casket which is in-stock at the time you make these arrangements and the funeral home or supplier agrees to store it for you in their warehouse and: (i) damage occurs, (ii) the funeral home or supplier goes out of business (iii) the funeral home or supplier is sold, etc.? You need to be assured in writing of protection in these types of situations.

What happens if I choose to have a unique service that is not customary or routine in my community? Must the funeral home comply with my wishes?

The funeral home, which you have chosen to conduct your service may be able to only provide certain types of services. They may not be able to fulfill your request. If there is a restriction on what they can provide, you will be notified in writing before you sign the preneed contract.

If the funeral home agrees in writing before you sign the contract to perform such services, the funeral home shall provide you a written, itemized statement of fees which you will be charged.

Will the funeral home agree to transport my body to another area for burial?

Again, the funeral home may have restrictions on the distance they are willing to travel to conduct a burial. If restrictions apply, you will be notified in writing.

If the funeral home agrees in writing before you sign the contract to honor your wishes, the funeral home shall provide you a written, itemized statement of any penalties (fees) which you will be charged.

I may die and be buried in a city other than one where the funeral home that I select for my goods and services is located. Will the funeral home that I select under this contract deliver my merchandise to the city where I die and am to be buried?

This is entirely up to the funeral home to decide. If the funeral home has restrictions on this, they will notify you in writing. If they agree to ship merchandise to another area for your funeral, you will be notified before signing this contract of the fees involved if they can be determined and guaranteed at this time.

However, the preneed contract arrangements and funding is considered portable. This means that they are available for transfer from one locality to another. It is unusual for actual goods and merchandise to be transferred.

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PRICING

How will I know that the prices of items which I select are the same for everyone?

The funeral home maintains a general price list and a casket and outer burial container price list. Your preneed arranger will give this to you before you begin talking about arrangements. After your discussion is finished, you will be given a copy of your preneed contract on which charges will be listed. Charges will only be made for the items you select. If there are any legal or other requirements that mandate that you must buy any items you did not specifically ask for, the preneed arranger will explain the reason for the charges to you in writing.

You may ask a funeral home to purchase certain items or make special arrangements for you. If the funeral home charges you for these services, you will receive an explanation in writing. The charges to you for these services may be higher than if you or your family purchased them directly.

At the time of your death, your family or estate will be given an itemized statement which will list all of the specific charges.

What is meant by guaranteed and nonguaranteed prices?

Some preneed arrangers may agree that certain prices are guaranteed. Some may guarantee the price of the total package. Other funeral homes may not guarantee any prices.

Guaranteed prices are those that will not increase for your family or estate at the time of your death. Basically, this means that your funeral arrangement for those items will be covered by and will not exceed your funding and the interest it earns. Nonguaranteed prices are those which might increase or decrease. The nonguaranteed prices may be written in at the time of this contract with you understanding that the price is an estimate only and may increase or decrease. A settlement to that effect may have to be made with your family or representative after your death.

Can the preneed arranger and I negotiate a projected charge for the nonguaranteed items based on the rate of inflation?

It is entirely up to the preneed arranger to inform you of the funeral home policy in that regard.

CASKETS AND CONTAINERS

Do I have to buy a vault or a container to surround the casket in the grave?

In most areas of the country, state and local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries ask that you have such a container to support the earth above the grave. Either a burial vault or a grave liner will satisfy if such requirements exist.

Is a casket required?

A casket is not required for direct cremation. If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you may use an unfinished wood box or an alternative container made of heavy cardboard or composition materials. You may choose a canvas pouch.

Do certain cemeteries and crematoriums have special requirements?

Particular cemeteries and crematoriums may have policies requiring that certain goods and services be purchased. If you decide not to purchase goods and services required by a particular cemetery or crematorium, you have the right to select another location that has no such policy.

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EMBALMING

Is embalming always required?

Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements such as viewing or visitation with an open casket. You do not have to pay for embalming you did not approve if you select arrangements such as a direct cremation or immediate burial. If the funeral home must charge to conduct an embalming, your designee will be notified of the reasons in writing.

ASSISTANCE

This is all very confusing to me. May I pick someone close to me to help with all of this? May this person also work with the funeral home to ensure that my wishes as written in the preneed contract are carried out?

You may designate in writing a person of your choice to work with the funeral home and preneed arranger either before or after your death to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled. You must sign the statement and have it notarized. The person that you designate must agree to this in writing. Under the laws governing preneed contracts, the individual whom you designate has final authority at the time of your death.

Where can I complain if I have a problem concerning my preneed contract, the preneed arranger, or the funeral home?

Contact the board:

The Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Department of Health Professions
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463
Telephone Number (804) 367-4479
Toll Free Number 1-800-533-1560
Fax: (804) 527-4413

 

Continuing Competency Requirements

When must I have the required number of continuing education hours completed in order to renew my license?

With the renewal of licensure by March 31st of the current year, you will be required to complete 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. 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..

Am I required to send in evidence of my continuing education hours at the time I renew?

No, the Board will randomly select licensees for a post renewal audit. If selected, you would be notified by mail that documentation is required and given a time frame within which to comply.

When do the continuing education requirements begin?

Continuing education requirements begin on April 1st of each year and end on March 31st of the following year.

Who maintains the required documents for verification of continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to maintain certificates and any other continuing education or records for two years following the renewal of an active license. Do not send any forms or documents to the Board unless requested to do so.

Where do I obtain the instructions and forms to continuing education requirements?

Regulations, forms and instructions may be obtained from the Board or downloaded from the Forms and Applications section of the website. Forms may also be photocopied.

How are continuing education hours calculated?

The units are calculated based on 60 minutes of participation in an activity.

What if I am newly licensed during the renewal year? Do I still have to obtain the full 5 hours of continuing education?

Yes

What if I become ill or incapacitated and unable to complete my continuing education requirements prior to renewal?

Only upon a written request from the licensee explaining the circumstances, will the Board consider granting an exemption or waiver in cases of certified illness or undue hardship. The written request must be received prior to the March 31st renewal date.

What if I am now retired and do not want to obtain continuing education hours but don’t want to give up my license?

You may request an inactive license from the Board, during the renewal cycle ending on March 31st. It is important to note that holding an inactive license does not authorize anyone to engage in the practice of funeral service in Virginia. If you intend to practice at all in Virginia, even on a part-time or non-compensatory basis, you must retain your active license.

What happens if I take an inactive licensure status and later decide to reactivate?

A licensee seeking to reactivate a license must file a reinstatement application and pay the difference between the inactive and active renewal fees for the current renewal and provide documentation of having completed continuing education hours equal to the requirement for the number of years not to exceed two years, in which the license has been inactive.

Verification of Licensure

To request a verification of licensure submit your request in writing (you may use the Verification Form); include your full name, license number or social security number, your current mailing address and the address of where you want the verification sent. Attach the required processing fee of $50.00 check or money order made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia.

Allow five to seven business days for processing. The board verifies profession, license number, issue date, expiration date, how the licensee obtained Virginia licensure, and if there have been any disciplinary actions. Should a licensee need their national scores verified, they should contact the International Conference of Funeral Service Boards (NBE) www.theconferenceonline.org

Verifications received without the required fee will not be processed.

Mail your request and fee to:

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463

You may also verify licensure information online by using License Lookup

Name and Address Changes

Address changes can be made through the Online Licensing site using your previously established User ID and Password, or PIN.

The request for Name and Address Change Form can be found at the Board's Forms and Applications page.

*Name change requests must be accompanied by a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, or other legal document.

Name changes need to be submitted to the Board office with official documentation indicating the reason for the name change.

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