The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards administers national and state licensing exams for embalmers. Candidates should contact their state funeral board for specific requirements and test information.
State qualifications to become an embalmer vary, but most states require applicants to be at least 21 years old, graduate from a two-year program at an accredited mortuary science school, complete at least a one-year apprenticeship and pass the licensing exam. Mortuary science degree programs include classes such as anatomy, pathology, ethics, grief counseling and mortuary management. Every state requires funeral directors and embalmers to be licensed, and in some states, one license covers both jobs. Embalmers must take continuing education classes to maintain their licenses.