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I. General Information

Traineeship Frequently Asked Questions

I.  General Information


1.  How long must my traineeship last?

A traineeship must be a minimum of twelve (12) months, but cannot last longer than thirty-six (36) months.

2.  Can I work part-time on my traineeship?

Part-time employment with a funeral home is acceptable as long as all traineeship requirements are met within the thirty-six (36) months allowed.

3.  What are the requirements to complete a funeral service traineeship?

Each funeral service trainee must work at least 2,000 hours, complete twenty-five (25) funeral arranging activities, complete twenty-five (25) activities pertaining to the funeral ceremony and disposition of the body, and complete twenty-five (25) embalming cases. The traineeship must be completed in a minimum of twelve (12) months, but cannot last longer than thirty-six (36) months.

4.  What are the requirements to complete a funeral directing traineeship?

Each funeral directing trainee must work at least 2,000 hours, complete twenty-five (25) funeral arranging activities, and complete twenty-five (25) activities pertaining to the funeral ceremony and disposition of the body. The traineeship must be completed in a minimum of twelve (12) months, but cannot last longer than thirty-six (36) months.

5.  What are the requirements to complete an embalming traineeship?

Each embalming trainee must work at least 2,000 hours and complete twenty-five (25) embalming cases. The traineeship must be completed in a minimum of twelve (12) months, but cannot last longer than thirty-six (36) months.

6.  What must I do to get credit for funeral directing activities?

Each time that you complete one of the following core funeral arranging activities, you will receive credit for one (1) funeral arranging case toward the twenty-five (25) cases required:

  • At-need or preneed arranging (includes all related documents and records)
  • Imminent/pending death (hospice) arranging
  • Observe the sale of a funeral service
7.  What must I do to get credit for ceremony and disposition activities?

Each time that you complete one of the following core ceremony and disposition activities, you will receive credit for one (1) ceremony and disposition case toward the twenty-five (25) cases required:

  • Assist with funeral or memorial or interment/committal ceremonies for casketed remains.
  • Assist with funeral or memorial or interment/committal ceremonies for cremated remains.
8.  What must I do to get credit for an embalming case?

Each time that you complete five (5) of the following six (6) activities while embalming a decedent, you will receive credit for one (1) embalming case toward the twenty-five (25) cases required:

  • Setting features
  • Mixing fluids
  • Raising vessels and inserting tubes
  • Injecting fluids
  • Suturing incisions
  • Cavity treatment