STATE LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
Funeral Service is a licensed vocation requiring each candidate to pass a licensing examination.
The laws prescribing requirements for the license, which vary from state to state can be found at: www.theconferenceonline.org (click on “Resources” and then “State Licensing Requirements”). If you have been convicted of a criminal offense, check with the Funeral Service Licensing Board of the state in which you wish to be licensed to ensure that the conviction will not jeopardize your ability to qualify for licensure in that state.
As your first step you should be familiar with the educational, legal and other requirements in the state or states in which you wish to be licensed. If you decide to make Funeral Service your career, AAMI will assist you in securing more detailed information by referring you to the appropriate state agency.
BEFORE MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE:
Any student who is enrolled in the AAMI associate degree program and considers moving or moves to a state in which AAMI is not authorized to provide online education, should communicate with the state’s funeral licensing board(s) and appropriate higher education agencies regarding the acceptance of the AAMI credits and associate degree for licensure. Students relocating to a state in which AAMI is not approved will not be permitted to continue in the program.
AAMI’S DEGREE LEADS TO LICENSURE IN THE FOLLOWING STATES:
(An * indicates states that require additional higher education either prior to attending AAMI’s program, or prior to licensure. Applicants and students are advised to contact their state specific regulators or state boards responsible for licensure for additional licensing requirements.)
Click on the States for Specific Licensing Laws, Rules, and Regulations.
- Alaska – Mortician Only
- Arkansas – Embalmer Only
- Connecticut – Embalmer Only
- District of Columbia
- Hawaii – Embalmer Only
- Illinois – Must also be registered as an Intern during studies
- Louisiana – Embalmer Only
- Mississippi – Funeral Service Only
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey*
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota*
- Ohio* – Embalmer Only
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina – Embalmer Only
- South Dakota
- West Virginia*
AAMI’S DEGREE DOES NOT LEAD TO LICENSURE IN THE FOLLOWING STATES:
(Applicants are encouraged to, and may still apply, as the degree is widely accepted in other states, and recognized as providing the educational foundation for funeral service and mortuary science.
Colorado – Licensing is not required. Voluntary certification is available through the Colorado Funeral Directors Association