Board Examination Information

Before licensure as a funeral director or funeral service licensee, you must successfully complete funeral service college, pass your board exams, and complete an apprenticeship at a North Carolina funeral home. (See apprenticeship for additional information).

If you wish to be licensed only as a funeral director in North Carolina, you must successfully complete all courses in the funeral directing program, and you must be a graduate of the NC Funeral Directing program (or apply for graduation from that program). You may then sit for the funeral directing exam through the Board of Funeral Service. Call the state board in Raleigh for all testing information, including cost, dates, places, etc., 919-733-9380 or visit their website at www.ncbfs.org. Remember, there is no National exam just for funeral directing.  An apprenticeship will also have to be completed, but your testing may be completed before, after, or during that apprenticeship.

How to study for the funeral directing exam? Procure a copy of the funeral service review guide from the International Conference of Funeral Service. (www.cfseb.org) You'll need the funeral service guide because it contains Pathology, a subject in which you will be tested, but you won't have to study the other science subjects in the text. For the state laws and rules, review all of your materials from your FSE 116, Funeral Law and Ethics class, also, you may take sample tests by logging into Blackboard as studentnotes and using anubis as a password.

*These sample tests are only examples of questions found on the exam and completing them successfully is no guarantee of passing the exam and is not a substitute for knowledge of the subject areas or individual studying.

Many students also report that taking the MATS (Mortuary Assessment Tests) helps them dramatically in most areas of the exam.  It is best to take the test repeatedly as different questions will arise during each sitting. You may purchase the MATS program by visiting www.morticianstudy.com

NC Funeral Directing students are eligible to sit for the North Carolina State Board Examination after graduation or after successful completion of all program courses and applying for graduation. The department chairperson can send documentation to the state board of program completion and graduation application and the Board will may allow one to sit for the examination.

 If you wish to be licensed as a funeral service licensee in North Carolina (includes funeral directing and embalming), you must be a graduate of the funeral service program, which also means that you have successfully taken and passed the National Board exam.  You may make arrangements to take one section (Arts or Sciences) of the National Board one day and then take the other section another day.  There is no time limit as long as both sections are taken within the six week period following completion of FSE 217.  There is a three hour time limit for each section and you will know the results of your exam immediately after you take it.  If you want to take both sections the same day, you would take one section in the morning and one section in the afternoon. For info, costs, locations, or other questions about the National Board exam, visit www.cfseb.org.

After you have graduated and passed your National Board examination, then you will only need to sit for the NC Laws and Rules for Funeral Service and successfully pass that examination. Call the state board in Raleigh for all Laws and Rules testing information, including cost, dates, places, etc.. 919-733-9380.  Your apprenticeship will also have to be completed before you are licensed, but your education may be performed before, during, or after the apprenticeship.

How to study for the funeral service exam? You will have completed the FSE 217, Funeral Service Projects class. Save all materials from this class. Procure a copy of the funeral service review guide from the International Conference of Funeral Service. (www.cfseb.org) For the state laws and rules, review all of your materials from FSE 116, Funeral Law and Ethics class, also, students may take sample tests by logging into Blackboard as studentnotes and anubis as a password.

*Sample tests are only examples of questions found on the exam and completing them successfully is no guarantee of passing the exam and is not a substitute for knowledge of the subject areas or individual studying.

Many students also report that taking the MATS (Mortuary Assessment Tests) helps them dramatically in most areas of the exam. You will have taken part of the exam as part of your FSE 217 class, but you need to take the exam repeatedly as different questions will arise with each sitting. Students may purchase the MATS program by visiting www.morticianstudy.com