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 Embalmers and Funeral Directors Board

Funeral Director Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
  Anyone who wants to act as a funeral director in Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  The N.S. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?

The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
c/o Ms. Norma Boudreau
2165 Highway 206, P.O. Box 373
Arichat, NS B0E 1A0

Telephone: (902) 226-0770
Fax: (902) 226-3016

Application Forms & Process:

You can send in a hard copy. You can get an application form in three different ways:

The completed application is submitted to the Board, along with the applicable fee (see Price below).

The application process includes academic and practical training, and both written and practical examinations.

Applicants for a licence as embalmer must:

  1. complete the funeral services course from Kingstec Community College in Nova Scotia, and serve an apprenticeship for at least 14 months under the direction of a licensed embalmer; and
  2. successfully pass both written and clinical examinations. The pass mark for these examinations is 75%.
  3. If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be mailed to the applicant.
Waiting Period:
  This licence is normally processed within 3 to 4 weeks, once all the items which must accompany the application have been received, and all requirements are met.

(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry & Renewal:
  This licence is valid for up to 1 year covering the period from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next.  It can be renewed.   The renewal process is combined with the Funeral Home Licence renewal process carried out by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
Price:  (No tax is charged)
  Licence:  $ 100

Please pay by cheque or money order made out to the N.S. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
  Who is regulated under the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act?
Individuals regulated under this Act, as listed below, are under the jurisdiction of the N.S. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

1) Embalmer - any person who preserves a dead human body.

2) Funeral Director - any person who, for gain or profit, takes charge of a dead human body for the purposes of burial, cremation, removal or other disposition.

3) Apprentice Embalmers and Funeral Directors - individuals training to obtain the necessary qualifications to obtain a licence under this Act.

Licences are issued to apprentice embalmers.   Apprentice funeral directors are registered with the Board.

What is regulated?
1) The academic and practical experience that an individual must possess to qualify for a licence under this Act.

2) The standards of business practice of embalmers and funeral directors.

Legislative Authority:
  The Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 144

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