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II. Applying for a Traineeship

Traineeship Frequently Asked Questions

II.  Applying for a Traineeship

1.   Do I need to finish school before I can apply for my traineeship?

Your traineeship can be served before funeral service / mortuary science education, during the funeral service / mortuary science education process or after completion of funeral service / mortuary science education.

2.   Will the Board help me find a funeral establishment where I can complete my traineeship?

The Board does not assist potential trainees with securing employment with a funeral establishment.

3.   What applications and forms do I need to start my traineeship and where can I find them?

All trainee application forms can be found on the Board’s website here.

4.   Will I need to have a criminal background check done?

The Board will conduct a criminal background check on you while reviewing your traineeship application. Upon receipt of your application, the Board will provide you instructions on how to provide your fingerprints and how to submit a money order or certified check in the amount of $38.00, made payable to the State Bureau of Investigation.

5.   How long does it take the Board to process my application?

Please allow Board staff approximately two (2) to four (4) weeks to process your application.

6.   Can I become a trainee if I have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?

The Board has the authority to refuse to issue a license to an individual who has been convicted of a felony or a crime involving fraud or moral turpitude. Such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

7.   Where can I find a list of accredited mortuary schools?

A list of accredited mortuary schools can be found here.

8.   How will I know when my traineeship begins?

Prior to your traineeship beginning, you and your supervisor will receive a packet from the Board.
The packet will include the following:
  • Sample Resident Trainee Work Report
  • Resident Trainee Work Report Reference Guide
  • Resident Trainee Daily Checklist
  • Reference Guide for Activities Requiring Supervision
  • Trainee Pocket Card
  • NCBFS Laws and Rules Book
  • Trainee Supervisor Verification Form