|General Requirements: On or before February 1st of each even-numbered year, each Funeral Director and Embalmer, Funeral Director, or Embalmer holding an active license in the State of Nebraska must: |
- Complete at least 16 hours of approved continuing competency hours during the preceding 24-month period.
- Take the Jurisprudence Examination at least 1 time every 10 years.
Acceptable Continuing Competency Topic Areas: The Board does not approve continuing competency programs/activities. In order for a continuing competency activity/program to be accepted for renewal or reinstatement of a license, the activity must include one or a combination of the following topic areas:
- Customer relations;
- Disaster training;
- Embalming practice;
- Funeral directing practice;
- Management (stress/personnel/business);
- Personal development; or
Continuing Competency Hour/Credit Calculations. The following provides the hour/credit calculations:
- Academic Credit: All 16 hours of continuing competency hours per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through academic credit; hours are calculated as follows:
- 1 semester hour of academic credit equals 15 continuing competency hours; and
- 1 quarter hour of academic credit equals 10 continuing competency hours;
- Home Study: A maximum of 8 hours of continuing competency hours per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through home study programs.
- Continuing Education Workshops: All 16 hours of continuing competency hours per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through continuing education workshops; hours obtained are calculated as follows:
- 60 minutes of participation equals 1 continuing competency hour. Credit will not be awarded for breaks and meals.
- Jurisprudence Examination: 4 hours of continuing competency hours will be granted for licensees receiving a score of 75% or above on the jurisprudence examination. A licensee must take the jurisprudence examination at least 1 time every 10 years.
- Tours: A maximum of 4 hours of continuing competency credit per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through a funeral directing and embalming related tour. Hours are calculated as follows:
- 60 minutes of tour participation equals 1 continuing competency credit.
- Exhibits/Displays: A maximum of 4 hours of continuing competency hours per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through a funeral directing and embalming related exhibit/display. Hours are calculated as follows:
- If a continuing education workshop provides an exhibit or display area, a licensee may earn 1 continuing competency credit per workshop for viewing the exhibits/displays.
- District/State/National Association Meetings: A maximum of 8 hours of continuing competency hours per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through attendance as a District, State, or National Association Meeting. Hours are calculated as follows:
- 60 minutes of participation constitutes 1 continuing competency credit. Only 1 hour may be obtained per meeting.
Continuing Education Workshop Criteria: To be considered acceptable for continuing competency, a continuing education workshop must meet the following criteria:
- The program must be at least 60 minutes in duration;
- The program's objectives must relate to the topic areas defined in 172 NAC 67-008.03;
- Presenters of programs must be qualified by education, experience or training;
- Continuing Education Workshops must be open to all Funeral Directors and Embalmers licensed by Nebraska who meet the pre-requisites for the program; and
- The program provider must have a process for verifying attendance and issue a certificate of attendance.
- Each certificate must include the following:
- Program name;
- Name of the participant and his or her license number;
- Provider's name;
- Date the program began and ended; and
- Number of hours received by the licensee.
Criteria for a Home Study Program: To be considered acceptable, a home study program must meet the following criteria:
- The home study program's objectives must relate to the topic areas defined in 172 NAC 67-008.03.
- The program author(s) of home study programs must meet the following qualifications:
- Have experience in the content and subject matter;
- Have expertise in teaching and instructional methods suitable to subject presented; and
- Have suitable academic qualifications, certification credentials, and/or experience for subject presented;
- There must be a post-test.
Licensee Responsibilities: The licensee is responsible for:
- Maintaining documentation of attending a continuing competency program/activity and the program/activity outline.
- If the licensee is a presenter, maintaining documentation of his/her presentation and the program/activity outline. A presenter may receive credit for only the initial presentation during a renewal period. Credit will not be given for subsequent presentations of the same program.