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How to Become a Mortician in Arizona

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Morticians, sometimes referred to as funeral directors or undertakers, are important members of society as they assist in the preparation and ultimate disposition of the dead. They make funeral arrangements in accordance with the wishes of the deceased's family. They disseminate obituary notices to local news organizations. They may assist the family with obtaining death certificates. They provide embalming, cremation and interment services. Morticians in Arizona are licensed and regulated by the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, and no one may engage in embalming or funeral directing without board approval.

Graduate from high school or earn an educational equivalent such as a General Educational Development certificate. Graduate from an accredited school of mortuary science. Apply to the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers for licensure as an intern. Provide the board with proof of employment as an intern working under the direct supervision of a funeral director or embalmer in a licensed funeral establishment. Submit to a fingerprint background check and pay all applicable fees. Upon satisfactory completion of the application process, you get a license as a mortician intern.

Serve as a licensed intern for at least one year. Sit for and pass the national board examination's funeral service science section. Sit for and pass the Arizona state embalmer laws and rules examination. Assist in embalming a minimum of 25 bodies. Submit a completed application for an embalmer's license to the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Submit to a fingerprint background check and pay all applicable fees. Upon satisfactory completion of the application process, you get a license as an embalmer.

Serve as a licensed embalmer for at least one year. Sit for and pass the national board examination's funeral service arts section. Sit for and pass the Arizona state funeral director laws and rules examination. Assist in arranging and directing a minimum of least 25 funerals. Submit a completed application for a funeral director's license to the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Submit to a fingerprint background check and pay all applicable fees. Upon satisfactory completion of the application process, you are granted a license as a funeral director.

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