Licensure

The following is a checklist to be followed to obtain a Funeral Director's license.

Funeral Director Licensure Checklist for Iowa

Once you have completed your educational program, you will need to complete the following to become licensed as a funeral director.

  1. Prior to the beginning of the final semester, complete the graduation application.
  2. Complete a copy of your transcript to be sent to the regulatory agency of the state in which you wish to practice, and send the form directly to Kevin Patterson at kepatterson@dmacc.edu to hold until the final diploma is posted on the transcript.
  3. During the practicum course, apply to take the National Board Examination with the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board by going to the ICFSEB website at www.cfseb.org.
  4. After you have completed the coursework and have passed both the Arts and Sciences sections of the National Board Examination, complete the application and forms required by the State Board (Funeral Director Internship) by going to
    http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Mortuary-Science.

Funeral Director Licensure Checklist for other states

Once you have completed your educational program, you will need to complete the following to become licensed as a funeral director.

  1. Prior to the beginning of the final semester, complete the graduation application.
  2. Verify the educational requirements for the state in which you seek to be licensed. You may refer to the National Funeral Directors Association page at http://www.nfda.org/education/resources.
  3. Complete a copy of your transcript to be sent to the regulatory agency of the state in which you wish to practice, and send the form directly to Kevin Patterson at kepatterson@dmacc.edu to hold until the final diploma is posted on the transcript.
  4. During the practicum course, apply to take the National Board Examination with the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Board by going to the ICFSEB website at www.cfseb.org.
  5. After you have completed the coursework and have passed both the Arts and Sciences sections of the National Board Examination, complete the application and forms required by the State Board regulating the state in which you seek to practice.