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Funeral Directing and Embalming
Continuing Education

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:
  1. Complete at least 16 hours of approved continuing competency hours during the preceding 24-month period.
  2. 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:

  1. Communication/Media;
  2. Counseling/Arbitration;
  3. Customer relations;
  4. Disaster training;
  5. Embalming practice;
  6. Funeral directing practice;
  7. Management (stress/personnel/business);
  8. Marketing/advertising;
  9. Personal development; or
  10. Pre-need.

Continuing Competency Hour/Credit Calculations. The following provides the hour/credit calculations:

  1. 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. 1 semester hour of academic credit equals 15 continuing competency hours; and
    1. 1 quarter hour of academic credit equals 10 continuing competency hours;
  1. Home Study: A maximum of 8 hours of continuing competency hours per a biennial renewal period may be obtained through home study programs.
  1. 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:
    1. 60 minutes of participation equals 1 continuing competency hour. Credit will not be awarded for breaks and meals.
  1. 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.
  1. 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:
    1. 60 minutes of tour participation equals 1 continuing competency credit.
  1. 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:
    1. 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.
  1. 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:
    1. 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:

  1. The program must be at least 60 minutes in duration;
  2. The program's objectives must relate to the topic areas defined in 172 NAC 67-008.03;
  3. Presenters of programs must be qualified by education, experience or training;
  4. Continuing Education Workshops must be open to all Funeral Directors and Embalmers licensed by Nebraska who meet the pre-requisites for the program; and
  5. The program provider must have a process for verifying attendance and issue a certificate of attendance.
    1. Each certificate must include the following:
      1. Program name;
      2. Name of the participant and his or her license number;
      3. Provider's name;
      4. Date the program began and ended; and
      5. 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:

  1. The home study program's objectives must relate to the topic areas defined in 172 NAC 67-008.03.
  1. The program author(s) of home study programs must meet the following qualifications:
    1. Have experience in the content and subject matter;
    2. Have expertise in teaching and instructional methods suitable to subject presented; and
    3. Have suitable academic qualifications, certification credentials, and/or experience for subject presented;
  2. There must be a post-test.

Licensee Responsibilities:  The licensee is responsible for:

  1. Maintaining documentation of attending a continuing competency program/activity and the program/activity outline.
  2. 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.

 

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