PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
MORTICIANS, FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND EMBALMERS
54-1109. Requirements for mortician license — Requirements for funeral director license — License by endorsement. (1) To qualify for a mortician license or funeral director license within the state of Idaho, a person must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
(2) The board shall issue to any person a mortician’s license to practice as a mortician and perform mortician services within the state of Idaho who has complied with and fulfilled all of the following requirements:
(a) Has completed and received an associate degree from a mortuary school accredited by the American board of funeral service education.
(b) Has practiced as a licensed resident trainee in the state of Idaho under the personal supervision of a licensed resident mortician for not less than twelve (12) months, has assisted in embalming at least twenty-five (25) dead human bodies, has assisted in making at least twenty-five (25) funeral arrangements, and has assisted in conducting at least twenty-five (25) funerals; provided, however, such practice as a licensed resident trainee of the state of Idaho may be filled and performed either before or after the required post-high school education.
(c) Has filed an application with the board as required by this chapter and paid the required filing fee therefor.
(d) Has passed the required examination prepared and conducted by the board of morticians. Provided further, that the board shall determine compliance with all of the qualifications described in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, except this paragraph relating to examinations, at the time the applicant files his application as hereinafter provided and before the examination is conducted by the board of morticians.
(3) The board shall issue to any person a funeral director license to practice as a funeral director and perform funeral director services within the state of Idaho who has complied with and fulfilled all of the following requirements:
(a) Has completed and received at least forty-five (45) semester hours or sixty-eight (68) quarter hours of instruction from a duly accredited college or university and has obtained at least a C grade average for all courses of instruction; provided, however, at least three-fourths (3/4) of all such credits must be for courses in the fields of liberal arts, business, or science as defined and specified by the board.
(b) Has successfully completed at least fifteen (15) semester credit hours or the equivalent from a mortuary college accredited by the American board of funeral service education, inc., or such credits as are otherwise approved by the board, with course of study to include business law, psychology, sociology, funeral service counseling, funeral service management, and other classes that relate to conducting funeral business.
(c) Has practiced as a licensed trainee in the state of Idaho under the personal supervision of a licensed mortician for not less than twelve (12) months and has assisted in making at least twenty-five (25) funeral arrangements and in conducting at least twenty-five (25) funerals.
(d) Has successfully passed the required examination as established by the rules of the board. An applicant shall not be qualified to take the examination until all other requirements have been met.
(e) Has filed an application with the board as required by this chapter and paid the required fees.
(4) Any person holding a current, valid license in another state or territory having substantially similar requirements to those existing in this state may be granted a license without examination, provided:
(a) The applicant files with the board a certified statement from the examining board of the state or territory in which the applicant holds his license, verifying the license and showing the basis upon which the license was granted; and
(b) The applicant pays the license fee; and
(c) The applicant satisfies the board that he understands the laws and rules of this state as to funeral service.
(5) A person holding a current, valid license in another state or territory with requirements significantly lower than those of this state who has at least five (5) consecutive years of experience as a licensee in the other state or territory prior to application may apply for a license to practice in this state without meeting the full requirements of subsections (1) through (3) of this section. Upon payment of the license fee and passing such test of proficiency as the board shall require, including but not limited to a knowledge of the laws and administrative rules of this state as to funeral service, the board shall grant a license.
[54-1109, added 1970, ch. 70, sec. 8, p. 167; am. 1974, ch. 13, sec. 96, p. 138; am. 1978, ch. 166, sec. 1, p. 364; am. 1983, ch. 32, sec. 2, p. 82; am. 2003, ch. 257, sec. 6, p. 670; am. 2005, ch. 47, sec. 1, p. 178; am. 2008, ch. 109, sec. 1, p. 307; am. 2020, ch. 257, sec. 2, p. 744.]