Morticians, often referred to as “funeral directors,” help grieving families prepare for a funeral ceremony by transporting and preparing the body of the deceased. Morticians also organize the funeral itself according to the family’s wishes and budget. California, like all states, requires prospective morticians to acquire a license. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in the funeral industry will grow by 12 percent between 2008 and 2018. Thus, individuals who qualify for a mortician’s license can expect expanding employment opportunities.
Things You'll Need
- College degree
- College transcripts
- Live Scan fingerprinting request form
- Fingerprinting fee
- Application for funeral director examination form
- Application fee
- License fee
Earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at an accredited institution.
Request that your school send a sealed copy of your college transcripts to the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau at 1675 North Market Rd, Sacramento, California, 95834
Visit the California attorney general’s website at oag.ca.gov. Download and print the Live Scan fingerprinting request form.
Fill out the Live Scan fingerprinting request form. Take it with you to your nearest Live Scan facility. Pay the $32 fee. A Live Scan employee with then take your fingerprints and add them to the state’s database along with the information on your Live Scan request form.
Ask that the Live Scan employee sign your fingerprinting request form. Make a copy of the signed form.
Visit the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau’s website at cfb.ca.gov. Download, print and fill out the Application for Funeral Director Examination form.
Submit the Application for Funeral Director Examination form along with a copy of your signed Live Scan fingerprinting request form and a $100 application fee to the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. After receiving your paperwork, the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau will notify you that it has approved your application for processing and you have permission to schedule an exam date.
Contact PSI Exams. As of June, 2011, PSI Exams is the company that conducts mortician exams in California. Schedule a test date.
Arrive at the testing facility on the testing date. Sit for the computer exam. When you complete the exam, the computer tells you immediately whether you passed or failed. If you passed, the computer system forwards your results to the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.
Mail the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau your $200 license fee after passing the test. You will receive your license in the mail.