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EFDA Chapter 144 of the Revised Statutes, 1989 amended 2003, c. 19, s. 7 EFDR This version is copyright C 2014, Province of Nova Scotia.

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Apprenticeship Embalmer Information

Embalmers and Funeral Directors Board
Apprentice Embalmer License
Who Needs This License?
Any individual who wants to act as an apprentice embalmer registered in a training program in Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
The N.S. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
Where can you get this License and / or further information?   
The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
C/o Ms. Norma Boudreau
2165 Highway 206, P.O. Box 373
Arichat, NS B0E 1A0
Telephone: (902) 226-0770
Fax: (902) 226-3016
Application Forms & Process:
You can send in a hard copy. You can get an application form in three different ways:
  • Downloading from our Forms and Applications page;
  • Visiting any Access Nova Scotia Centre; or
  • Calling, writing or visiting the Licensing Section office listed above.
  • The completed application is submitted to the Board, along with the applicable fee (see Price below).
Applicants must be enrolled in Nova Scotia Community College's Funeral & Allied Health Services.
Applications for a license as apprentice embalmer must be accompanied by proof that the applicant has been accepted under an apprenticeship agreement with a licensed embalmer.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to send in with his/her application form a Criminal Investigation Check (CIC).
This CIC must be done by a Municipal, Provincial or a Federal Police Force only.
If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the license will be mailed to the applicant.
Waiting Period:
This license is normally processed within 3 to 4 weeks, once all the items which must accompany the application have been received, and all requirements are met.
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)
This license is valid for a period of 14 months from the date it was issued.
It can be extended, on a case by case basis, with written permission from the Board.
For 2016 year
Price: (No tax is charged)
License: $170.00
Written exam: $80.00
Clinical exam: $170.00
Supplemental exam (written or clinical): $170.00
Note: Please pay by cheque or money order made out to the N.S. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
Statue of Limitation Policies:  APPROVED May 27, 2015
A licensed lapsed for five (5) years or more, whether it be a funeral director or embalmer, will re-do their written exam and do their clinical or practical exam over again and pass with a mark of 75% or better on both.
Apprentice funeral directors or embalmers will be suspended if their written exam and reports are not completed within a  three (3) years from the date of registering.
Practical or clinical exams for apprentice funeral directors or embalmers must be completed within a three (3) year period from the date that the written exam was completed and passed.
Additional Information:
Who is regulated under the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act?
Individuals regulated under this Act, as listed below, are under the jurisdiction of the N.S. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
1) Embalmer - any person who preserves a dead human body.
2) Funeral Director - any person who, for gain or profit, takes charge of a dead human body for the purposes of burial, cremation, removal or other disposition.
3) Apprentice Embalmers and Funeral Directors - individuals training to obtain the necessary qualifications to obtain a license under this Act.
Licenses are issued to apprentice embalmers but not to apprentice funeral directors.
What is regulated?
1) The academic and practical experience that an individual must possess to qualify for a license under this Act.
2) The standards of business practice of embalmers and funeral directors.
Legislative Authority:
The Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter  144