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State Board of Mortuary Science
Frequently Asked Questions

Licensing:

Continuing Education:

    1. What are the continuing education requirements for New Jersey?
    2. How do I obtain approval for a continuing education course that my company is providing?

Training and Exam:

Miscellaneous:

 


Licensing:

1. How do I register an internship with the Board?
You must have your preceptor send a letter to the Board, on the funeral home?s letterhead, requesting an Intern Registration Application. The letter should have the name of the intern and the name and license number of the funeral director. Return the application along with the fee to the Board?s office. .

  

2. What does a Mortuary Science internship entail?
Mortuary Science internship entails:

a. Completion of a two-year internship under a licensed New Jersey practitioner of mortuary science at a registered funeral home in the State of New Jersey, except that a person who has completed three years of academic education in a college or university approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education is required to complete a one-year internship;

b. Assisting with 75 embalmments, 75 funerals, and the arranging of 25 funerals during the applicable intern registration period;

c. Successfully passing the National Board Examination (N.B.E.) prepared by the National Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards; and

d. Successfully passing the State Mortuary Jurisprudence Examination and the Practical Examination administered by the Board.

3. What are the requirements to become a licensed funeral director in New Jersey?

In order to qualify for licensure in the State of New Jersey, an applicant must have:

a. Graduated from high school or have completed the equivalent high school education;

b. Completed a minimum of two years of academic education in a college or university approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education;

c. Satisfactorily completed a one-year program in a mortuary science school recognized and approved by the Board;

d. Completed a two-year internship under a licensed New Jersey practitioner of mortuary science at a registered funeral home in the State of New Jersey, except that a person who has completed three years of academic education in a college of university approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education is required to complete a one-year internship;

e. Assisted with 75 embalmments, 75 funerals, and attended 25 funerals during the applicable intern registration period;

f. Successfully passed the N.B.E. prepared by the National Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards; and

g. Successfully passed the State Mortuary Jurisprudence Examination and the Practical Examination administered by the Board.

4. I am a licensed funeral director in another state. How do I become licensed in New Jersey?
Submit a written request for a Licensure by Credentials application to the Board?s office.

 


 

Continuing Education:

1. What are the continuing education requirements for New Jersey? Refer to the Board?s regulations N.J.A.C. 13:36-10.3.

3. How do I obtain approval for a continuing education course that my company is providing?
Refer to the Board?s regulations at N.J.A.C. 13:36-10.9.

 


 

Training and Exam:

1. Which college and university programs in funeral service education and/or mortuary science are accredited? Refer to the following Web address http://www.abfse.org/html/directory.html .

2. I am a registered intern with the State of New Jersey. I am changing funeral homes and/or preceptors. What should I do?
You must have your new preceptor send a letter to the Board, on the funeral home?s letterhead, requesting an Intern Registration Application. The letter should have the name of the intern and the name and license number of the funeral director. Return the application along with the fee to the Board?s office.


 

Miscellaneous:

1. How do I change the name of the funeral home manager on the funeral home registration?
Request a Change of Manager Application from the Board in writing. Return the application to the Board?s office along with the fee, a letter from the resigning manager, and a letter from the new manager.

2. How do I change the name of my funeral home?
Request an Establishment Name Change Application from the Board in writing. Return the application along with the fee to the Board?s office.

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