State Licensing

A student candidate must meet the Worsham College entrance requirements and the licensure requirements established by the state in which they intend to practice.

State Licensing Requirements

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State
Type of License(s)
Diploma
Associate Degree
Apprenticeship
Alabama
Funeral Director and/or Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before, after or currently in school
Alaska
Embalmer
Funeral Director
30 semester hrs of college
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
One year under licensed embalmer
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
One year under funeral director licensed in Alaska
Arizona
Embalmer
Funeral Director
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class plus one year embalmer licensure
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Arkansas
Embalmer
Funeral Director
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
Two years, except with mortuary school, then one year before or after school
California
Embalmer
Funeral Director
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before, after or currently in school
Colorado
No Current Licensing Requirements
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Contact the Colorado FDA for information on voluntary certification
Connecticut *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Embalmer and Funeral Director
Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year; get details from State Board
Delaware *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Funeral Director
Diploma is not applicable for this state.
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
District of Columbia
Funeral Service
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Florida
Funeral Director and/or Embalmer
Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Georgia
Funeral Director and/or Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before or after school
Hawaii
Embalmer, Undertaker or Funeral Director
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Idaho
Mortician
30 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Illinois
Funeral Director and Embalmer
30 semester hrs of college
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Indiana
Funeral Director and Embalmer
30 semester hrs of college
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Iowa
Funeral Director
60 semester hrs of college, not including any technical or vocational mortuary science courses
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Kansas *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Funeral Director
Embalmer
N/A
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class.
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class.
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
One year prior to taking board exam
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
One year after passing examination
Kentucky
Funeral Director
Embalmer
Funeral Director Diploma:
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college; Embalmer must have an Associate's Degree
Embalmer Diploma:
* N/A - Embalmer must have an Associate’s Degree
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
3 years total (30 semester hrs can substitute for 1 year of apprenticeship
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
3 yrs total (associate degree counts for 2 years)
Louisiana *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Funeral Director
Embalmer
N/A
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year apprenticeship, before or after school (contact board for details)
Maine
Funeral Director, Embalmer and Funeral Service Combination
30 semester hrs of college
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Maryland *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Combination Funeral Director and Embalmer
N/A
90 quarter hrs of college must include: 12 hrs English comp I & II & Speech; 20 hrs natural science (at least 1 bio & 1 chem); 20 hrs social science (at least 1 psych & 1 soc); 4 hrs public health (not P.E. or CPR)
Apprenticeship:
2,000 hours
Massachusetts
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before or after school
Michigan **Student must register with the state board before entering mortuary/funeral director school.
Mortuary Science License
60 semester hrs must include: 3 hrs public speaking or comm, 6 hrs psych, death & dying or gerontology, 3 hrs comparative religion or multi- cultural studies, 48 hrs of any Liberal Arts or Science Classes
60 semester hrs must include: 3 hrs public speaking or comm, 6 hrs psych, death & dying or gerontology, 3 hrs comparative religion or multi- cultural studies, 3 hrs Biol. I, 6 hrs Eng.Comp.I & II, 36 hrs of any Liberal Arts or Science Classes
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after completion of mortuary college requirement; contact state board for additional requirements
Minnesota
Mortuary Science License
90 quarter hrs of college must include: 12 hrs English comp I & II & Speech; 20 hrs natural science (at least 1 bio & 1 chem); 20 hrs social science (at least 1 psych & 1 soc); 4 hrs public health (not P.E. or CPR); 34 hrs electives
90 quarter hrs of college must include: 12 hrs English comp I & II & Speech; 20 hrs natural science (at least 1 bio & 1 chem); 20 hrs social science (at least 1 psych & 1 soc); 4 hrs public health (not P.E. or CPR); a humanities class & 30 hrs of electives
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Mississippi
Funeral Director
Funeral Service License
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
Two years
Funeral Service License Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Missouri
Embalmer
Funeral Director
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
One year
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
Six months plus six months internship
Montana
Mortician’s License
60 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Nebraska
Funeral Director and Embalmer
60 semester hrs must include: 6 hrs English, 6 hrs accting, 8 hrs chem, 6 hrs biology relating to the human body, 6 hrs psych or counseling
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, 6 hrs accting, 8 hrs chem, 6 hrs biology relating to the human body (three of which must be Biology I), 6 hrs psych or counseling & 3 hrs humanities
Apprenticeship:
Six months before and six months after or one year after mortuary school
Nevada
Embalmer
60 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
New Hampshire
Funeral Director and Embalmer
30 semester hrs of college
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
New Jersey **Student must register with the state board before entering mortuary/funeral director school.
Funeral Director
60 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before, during or after school (one year credit for school)
New Mexico
Funeral Service Practitioner License
60 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year
New York **Student must register with the state board before entering mortuary/funeral director school.
Funeral Director
60 semester hrs of college
12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year residency after school
North Carolina *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Funeral Director and Embalmer Funeral Service License
N/A
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
North Dakota *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Embalmer
N/A
60 semester hrs must include: 12 hrs comm, 15 hrs of social sciences, 18 hrs natural sciences, 9 hrs business, 6 hrs electives
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Ohio **Student must register with the state board before entering mortuary/funeral director school.
Embalmer
Funeral Director
Embalmer Diploma:
60 semester hrs must include: 8 hrs science, 8 hrs English, 8 hrs social science, 6 hrs Fine/Applied Arts; Funeral Director Requires a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Service
Funeral Director Diploma:
Requires a Bachelors Degree in Mortuary Service
60 quarter hrs of college must include: 8 hrs science, 8 hrs English, 8 hrs social science, 6 hrs Fine/Applied Arts Specifically must include: English Comp I & II, Biology I & a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Oklahoma
Funeral Director and/or Embalmer
60 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Comp I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before, during or after school
Oregon
Funeral Practitioner
Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Funeral Practitioner Apprenticeship:
Two years
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
One year
Pennsylvania
Funeral Director
60 semester hrs of college
One year after school
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Rhode Island
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before or after school
South Carolina
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before or after school
South Dakota
Funeral Service
60 semester hrs of college must include 9 hrs Communications inc Eng Comp & Speech; 12 hrs Social Science inc Psych & Soc; 15 hrs Natural Science inc Chem, Bio, Micro & Anat; 9 hrs Business recommend Acct, Bus Law, Bus Mgmt; 15 hrs electives
60 semester hrs of college must include 9 hrs Communications inc Eng Comp I & II & Speech; 12 hrs Social Science inc Psych & Soc; 15 hrs Natural Science inc Chem, Micro, Anat & 3 hrs Bio I; 9 hrs Business recommend Acct, Bus Law, Bus Mgmt; 3 hrs Humanities; 12 hrs electives
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school in South Dakota
Tennessee
Embalmer
Funeral Director
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Texas
Funeral Director Embalmer
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
Two years before, during or after school (one year credit for school)
Utah *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Funeral Director and Embalmer
N/A
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year
Vermont *Diploma is not applicable for this state.
Embalmer
Funeral Director
N/A
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year residency after school
Virginia
Funeral Service
Minimum 7 semester hrs of college
Minimum 12 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year before or after school
Washington
Embalmer
Funeral Director
N/A
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
West Virginia **Student must register with the state board before entering mortuary/funeral director school.
Funeral Director and Embalmer
60 semester hrs of college
60 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Apprenticeship:
One year after school
Wisconsin
Funeral Director
60 semester hrs must include: 6 hrs English & speech, 15 hrs natural science, 13 hrs business studies, 12 hrs social science, 14 hrs electives
60 semester hrs must include: 6 hrs English Comp I & II; 15 hrs natural sciences (at least 3 hrs of Biology I); 13 hrs business studies; 12 hrs social sciences; 3 hrs Humanities and 11 hrs electives
Apprenticeship:
One year before, during or after school
Wyoming
Funeral Director
Embalmer
30 semester hrs of college
30 semester hrs of college must include: English Composition I & II, Biology I and a Humanities class
Funeral Director Apprenticeship:
Two years
Embalmer Apprenticeship:
One year

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