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III. Supervision Requirements and Discipline

Traineeship Frequently Asked Questions

III. Supervision Requirements and Discipline


1. What funeral activities am I allowed to do as a trainee?

A list of funeral activities and the requisite level of trainee supervision required can be found here. (PDF document)

2. Does my supervisor have to be in the same room with me when I am performing funeral service activities during my traineeship?

In order to receive credit toward your traineeship, your supervisor must be on the funeral establishment’s premises (but not necessarily in the same room) when you assist in funeral service, funeral directing, embalming or preneed funeral planning. On your monthly work reports, you only can report the work that you perform under the guidance of your registered supervisor; no credit will be given for any funeral activities performed while your supervisor is away from the funeral establishment.

Your supervisor must be present in the same room whenever you accept any initial payment or negotiate any contract for funeral services on either an at-need or a pre-need basis. Your supervisor must review with the purchaser any contract negotiated by you, and then your supervisor must obtain the purchaser’s signature on the contract while the purchaser is in your supervisor’s presence.

3. What happens if I submit my monthly work report to the Board after the 10th day of the month?

Trainees who fail to timely submit work reports to the Board will be subject to the prescribed discipline as set forth below.

1ST Time Late or No Previous Warning Letter Sent to Trainee


  • Warning letter, containing tiered discipline for any subsequent late monthly work reports.

2nd Time Late Or 1 Previous Warning Letter Sent to Trainee


  • Trainee will be notified that he/she has lost work credit for any and all months in which a late work report was received.
  • Trainee will not lose credit for any months that were included in first warning letter.
  • The notification letter will include a warning that, if the Trainee is late a third time, the traineeship will be automatically terminated.

3rd Time Late Or 2 Previous Warning Letters sent to trainee


  • Automatic termination of traineeship, with the option for the Trainee to appeal the termination through a hearing before the full Board within thirty (30) days of receipt of termination letter.

4. What happens if I submit a monthly work report to the Board that is not fully completed (i.e. missing the number of hours worked, the notary seal, my name, etc.)?

Trainees who submit an incomplete or otherwise deficient work report to the Board will be subject to the prescribed discipline as set forth below.

1ST Time Deficient or No Previous Warning Letter Sent to Trainee


  • Warning letter, containing tiered discipline for any subsequent deficient monthly work reports.

2nd Time Deficient Or 1 Previous Warning Letter Sent to Trainee


  • Warning letter, containing tiered discipline for any subsequent deficient monthly work reports.

3rd Time Deficient Or 2 Previous Warning Letters sent to trainee


  • Trainee and supervisor will be notified that the Trainee has lost work credit for any and all months in which a deficient report was received. Trainee will not lose credit for any months that were included in first and second warning letter.