How to Become a Mortician

by Shenron on October 12, 2009

Growing up wanting to be a mortician is an odd dream but I don’t doubt the fact that there are probably some people out there that strive to own their own funeral home. Despite the strange connotations and stigmas they carry, morticians have a very stable and economical job. They make very decent money and are always guaranteed work no matter how the rest of the economy is doing. It may not be the most glamorous job in the world, but morticians provide an invaluable service to the community. If you’re interested in seeing how the whole process works, keep reading.

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• Before we jump into the steps, it’s important to note something. The best way to make it into the mortuary field of work is through experience. While it’s necessary to have some type of formal educational training in the field, there is simply no substitute for experience and you will more than likely have to work your way from the ground up to get where you want to be.

1. NFDA: The National Funeral Directors Association is a great place to get started when researching the career. On their website is a list of the requirements from state to state to get your mortician’s license. Unfortunately, it would be impossible for us to give a broad generalization of what you need to do simply because each state is so drastically different in what it requires. Who knew dying could be so different from state to state?

2. Education: As with any technical field, some schooling is required. As listed on the NFDA website, there are different educational requirements in each state. In some cases it is required that you obtain a full four-year degree to work as a mortician whereas others require nothing more than completion of high-school or the equivalent. If you do end up needing to take additional courses to get a degree, make sure to take them only from schools that the NFDA approves. That’s not to say that the other schools out there aren’t capable of teaching the material, it’s just that if the NFDA doesn’t approve of the institution, you may be out of pocket and out of luck when it comes time to get your license.

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4. Exam: Take the knowledge you gain from school and apply it to an accredited exam administered by the NFDA. Upon passage of the exam, you’ll receive your mortician’s license.

5. Brush up on skills: In some states you are required to renew your license every so often. For this reason, it’s important that you practice your skills in a practical and educational environment. This may mean taking refresher courses along the way and keeping up to date with new findings and techniques happening within the community.

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