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Funeral Directing and Embalming
Apprenticeship

The Requirements for apprenticeship are listed on the Apprentice Application.

Before you can become licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer, you must complete 12 months of supervised service as a funeral director and embalmer apprentice. 

During the 12 months of supervised service as an apprentice, you must:

  • Arterially embalm 25 bodies and properly record such on Attachment B3 of the licensure pdf iconapplication; and
  • Assist with not less than 25 funerals and properly record such on Attachment B4 of the licensure pdf iconapplication.

Supervised service: The 12 months of service as an apprentice must be served under the instruction and supervision of a funeral director and embalmer licensed and practicing in the State of Nebraska. The first 25 embalmings and 25 funeral assists must be completed under the direct on-sight supervision of the supervising funeral director and embalmer; thereafter, student supervision shall mean the direct oversight or easy availability of the supervising funeral director and embalmer.

An applicant must receive written approval by the Licensure Unit prior to beginning the service as an apprentice.

Apprenticeships can not be extended or renewed.

Apprentice Methods: The apprenticeship can be served in 1 of the 2 methods as follows:

Method #1: Consecutive 12 month apprenticeship. The applicant must meet the following before beginning service:

Consecutive 12 month apprenticeship. The applicant must meet the following before beginning service:
  1. Completion of at least 39 semester hours of pre-mortuary college credit;
  2. Successful passage of the National Board Examination for Funeral Service;
  3. Graduation from an accredited school of mortuary science; and
  4. Submission of an apprentice application and fee.

OR

Method #2: A 12 month split apprenticeship - Serving 6 months of the supervised service as an apprentice prior to attending an accredited school of mortuary science and then completing the final 6 months following graduation from a school of mortuary science.

A 12 month split apprenticeship - Serving 6 months of the supervised service as an apprentice prior to attending an accredited school of mortuary science and then completing the final 6 months following graduation from a school of mortuary science.

First 6 months: The applicant must meet the following before beginning the first six months of service:

The applicant must meet the following before beginning the first six months of service:
  1. Completion of at least 39 semester hours of pre-mortuary college credit;
  2. Submission of an apprentice application and fee.

Final 6 months: The applicant must meet the following before beginning the final 6 months of supervised service:

The applicant must meet the following before beginning the final 6 months of supervised service:
  1. Graduation from an accredited school of mortuary science;
  2. Successful passage of the National Board Examination for Funeral Service; and
  3. Submit an apprentice final 6-months registration application to the Licensure Unit (no additional fee is required to re-register).

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