National Board Exam Requirement
To be employed as a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and/or mortician (the terminology varies from state to state), nearly all states require you to pass national and state licensing examinations. The National Board Examination (NBE) provides state licensing boards and bureaus with a standardized evaluation by administering exams that test your competency in diverse areas related to the practice of funeral directing and embalming.
The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards develops, administers, and provides score reporting services to state licensing boards. As of January 1, 2004, each accredited program in funeral service education must require each funeral service education student take the National Board Examination as a requirement for graduation. Furthermore, each program must maintain, and visibly post for review of current and prospective students, the most recent three-year average score of first-time takers on the entire NBE exam. Programs must maintain at least a 60% annual student pass rate of first-time takers on the National Board Exam.
The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the 2004 calendar year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site: http://www.abfse.org/html/dir-listing.html. Select a state on the drop menu, and click "enter" to find the pass rates of institutions located in that state.
The results of the NBE are accepted in 49 states (not accepted in California) and the District of Columbia as an assessment of content knowledge needed to practice as a licensed Funeral Director and / or Embalmer.