How to get your license: Embalmers
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Who needs a license?
Anyone who disinfects and preserves human remains for transportation or final disposition.
To get a license as an embalmer, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Meet at least one of the following education requirements:
- Have an Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science.
- Meet the alternative education requirements below.
- Have at least 5 years of active licensed experience in another state.
- Complete an embalmer internship.
- Take and pass the licensing exam.
Alternative education requirements
If you don't have an Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science, you must pass college-level courses at an accredited mortuary science college program.
- You must complete at least 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits.
- You can earn credits at more than 1 college. The mortuary science school will decide if courses from other schools are transferable.
- If you have 5 years or more of active licensed experience in another state, you don't need to meet the education requirements.
- If you have less than 5 years of active licensed experience in another state, you must meet the education requirements.
What you'll need sent to us
- Official copy of your National Board scores.
- Official transcripts, if you want education to be applied toward experience.
- License history and exam verifications, if you have out-of-state experience.
How to apply
- Submit your license application:
- to apply online.
- By Mail
- Have any official transcripts, National Board Scores, or license history and exam verifications sent to:
Funeral & Cemetery Board
PO Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507-9012
If applying by mail please allow 7 – 10 business days, not including mailing time, to process your application.