Master Funeral Director Options

About Master Funeral Directors

CCMS grads are in high demand across the nation. As a master funeral director, you could have the privilege of mentoring a recent graduate during their apprenticeship. Becoming a master funeral director is usually achieved through a one-day 6-8 hour training seminar. Contact your state licensing board or the National Funeral Director’s Association for seminar opportunities available.

About Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is the period of time spent working as an apprentice funeral director/embalmer under the direction and responsibility of a licensed funeral director who has received certified training as a “master funeral director/embalmer” in their state. Apprenticeship typically ranges 1-2 years, either post-graduate or pre-mortuary school, depending on state requirements. Apprentices must register with their state board after completion of specific state criteria, prior to being granted the rights to serve under licensee supervision. The master funeral director/embalmer should check with his/her state board prior to serving as a Master Funeral Director/Embalmer, since requirements differ by state.

Why become a Master to an Apprentice?

  • Make a direct contribution to the skill set of tomorrow’s practitioners
  • Learn new techniques and current trends from passionate students
  • Benefit from another set of hands to help with your busy schedule (with less expense than a licensee!)
  • Earn continuing education units
  • Make a difference! Your commitment is a direct contribution to the betterment of the nation’s leading, oldest, non-profit funeral service educator-CCMS!

Finding an Apprentice

CCMS graduates become available for apprenticeships each April, August, and December. Contact us for more information.

Post an apprenticeship opening

All State Master/Apprentice Resources

See NFDA’s state board  comprehensive listing

Ohio Master/Apprentice Resources

Ohio Rules: Funeral Directing/Embalming Ohio Administrative Code 4717

Ohio Rules: Mastering an Apprentice Ohio Administrative Code 4717-5 

Ohio Master and Apprentice Forms are found by visiting the OFDA website. Rules and regulations are evolving (May 2015), thus it strongly recommended that you and the apprentice check their sight often.

Overview of Ohio Master requirements

  • five years of experience in the state of Ohio
  • must successfully complete training approved by the board
  • training must be a one-day, six-hour class
  • training must be classroom/teleconference/webinar setting with interaction (no online courses)
  • training must consist of specific topics – see complete list of topics