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Embalmer Licensure Requirements

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


All applicants shall meet the following eligibility requirements:


Completion of an associate’s degree in mortuary science from an educational institution accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFS);


Applicants who have earned a diploma in mortuary science from an educational institution accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education must also hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  The baccalaureate degree program must include a minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 trimester hours in the following content areas related to funeral service: business management, accounting, finance, merchandising, business law, computer applications, ethics, counseling, and psychology;


Successful completion of the Arts and Sciences examinations of the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (CFSEB);


Successful completion of one year of apprenticeship training and experience in full-time, paid employment under the supervision of a licensed embalmer during which time the apprentice embalmed or assisted in the embalming of  at least 50 human bodies;


Successful completion of the Connecticut state laws/regulations examination.  This examination tests the applicant’s knowledge of the Connecticut General Statutes and the Connecticut Public Health Code, as well as Federal Guidelines as they pertain to the funeral industry. Applicants who will be within six (6) months of completing the apprenticeship may apply for this examination;  Please select this link for the examination administration schedule.  Please select this link for the study guide;


Successful completion of a practical examination


Documentation Requirements


The applicant is required to arrange for the following documents to be submitted directly to this office: 

An official transcript verifying the award of an associate’s degree in mortuary science;


Applicants earning a diploma in mortuary science must also arrange for the submission of  verification of a baccalaureate degree transcript;


Official report of the CFSEB examinations sent directly to this office from the CFSEB;


A completed Verification of Apprenticeship Form submitted directly to this Department by the licensed embalmer or funeral director who supervised the apprenticeship period;


Verification of licensure in any state where a license is, or was ever held, submitted directly to this office by the state licensing authority.  Prior to the submission of the form, please contact the state board first as a fee may be required;


A completed application with photograph attached.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.  The application fee is $210.


All supporting documentation should be sent directly from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Embalmer Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone:  (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1930

Email:  Dph.Hairdresserteam@ct.gov