Testing & Licensing
Students should be well versed in their particular state licensing requirements. Requirements will vary and are mandated by a state licensing board and/or state law. See licensing requirements by state, courtesy of the National Funeral Director’s Association.
CCMS does not provide specific state licensing requirements to students, rather it is obtained through each state’s licensing board (refer to the above licensing requirements link.) Students are responsible for knowing and keeping current on requirements. It is strongly recommended that students frequently visiting their state licensing board website and direct all questions to their state’s licensing officials.
Students should be familiar with examination requirements for their particular state. Requirements may vary by state, and are administered by The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (also referred to as “The Conference” or “ICFSEB”) to evaluate an applicant for licensure in the the diverse areas of competency. Required examinations may include any or all of the following, based on specific state requirements: National Board Exam, State Board Exam, and Laws & Regulation Exam.
The Conference examination(s) is administered through a program on networked personal computers located at Pearson VUE professional testing facilities. Taking the examination requires little or no computer experience, and you will receive a brief tutorial to help you become comfortable with the testing equipment. The tutorial will not affect the amount of time you have to take an exam—your allotted time will begin when you actually begin an exam. Examination Handbooks are available by visiting The Conference website.
The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB)
1885 Shelby Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72704-5265
For information specific to each exam, see below as provided by The ICFSEB:
National Board Examination (NBE) Requirements
The purpose of the National Board Examination (NBE) is to provide official licensing agencies with a national evaluation of an applicant for licensure in the diverse areas of competency required for the field of funeral service. The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards develops, administers and provides score reporting services to the state licensure boards.
The NBE is used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as an assessment of content knowledge needed to practice as a licensed Funeral Director or Embalmer. The national board exam contains two separate sections, a 170-item Arts section and a 170-item Sciences section.
NBE Study Guide ($50)
State Board Examination (SBE)
The purpose of the State Board Examination (SBE) is to provide official licensing agencies with an evaluation of an applicant for licensure in the diverse areas of competency required for the field of funeral service. The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards develops, administers and provides score reporting services to the state licensing boards.
The SBE is provided for various states as an assessment of content knowledge needed to practice as a licensed Funeral Director or Embalmer in a particular state. Availability of exams may vary due to state specific licensing requirements. Depending on the state a State Board Arts Exam or a State Board Science Exam may be offered.
Laws, Rules & Regulations Examination (LRR)
The purpose of the Law, Rules, & Regulations (LRR) Examination is to provide official licensing boards with an evaluation of an applicant for licensure in the understanding of that state’s laws, rules, and regulations governing and relating to the field of funeral service. Each LRR Examination given is carefully developed by state licensing boards and administered through The Conference.
Please visit the appropriate Candidate Handbook to obtain examination details for the LRR you are taking.
Ohio Specific Exams
Disclaimer: It is in your best interest to check your state board website regularly for changes and updates, as CCMS does not accept liability for notifying students of changes to regulations and requirements.