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Funeral Service Study Guide

The National Board Examination (NBE) and State Board Examination (SBE) offered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB) grants successful candidates with the qualifications as funeral service professional. The tests give state licensing boards a valid evaluation of a candidate’s funeral service knowledge and skills required to become licensed in most states.

Those who wish to sit for either exam need to be certified by a school after having completed the ABFSE-accredited mortuary science program. Otherwise, the candidate must have verified that they will in fact graduate within 45 days of taking the exam. All scores would be withheld until it’s verified the candidate actually graduated. Foreigners to the US can sit for the exam if they can prove they have a valid funeral service license in their country of origin.

The NBE contains elements of arts and sciences each. The test contains 340 multiple choice questions total. The exam focuses on the following topics: sociology and funeral history, psychology, directing, business law, funeral service law, funeral service merchandising, accounting principles, embalming, restorative art, microbiology, pathology, chemistry, and anatomy. With a full understanding of these domains, a person should have no problem passing the exam.

The NBE costs $400. Candidates can retake the science or arts section (if failed) for $200. The test is administered all year long at Pearson Vue testing centers located throughout the US. Candidates have three hours to complete each section of the exam. A candidate can schedule two separate days to take both of the sections. Candidates do get to choose the date, time, and location of their exam.

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