Acts & Regulations

A list of the Acts and Regulations which govern the funeral directing and embalming professions.

Applications and professional information

All professional information and forms can now be reviewed and downloaded on this web site. If you have any problems, please contact the office.

CEC Information

Please see our list of pre-approved continuing education credits, including courses available on-line.

COVID-19

Important information and resources for funeral professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic

License Transfer from Another Jurisdiction


Applicants Currently Licensed in Another Canadian Province

If you are a funeral professional licensed and in good standing in a Canadian province, outside of Nova Scotia, you may be eligible to apply for an individual professional license in Nova Scotia.

 

To have your credentials assessed, please submit the following items to the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors:

– Confirmation that you hold an individual professional license in good standing

– Provide a Police Records Check dated inside the last 90 days

– Provide proof of identification (government issued photo ID)

– Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent

 

Details related to your individual professional license need to include:

– The date the license was first issued,

– the date the current license was issued,

– the date the license expires,

– the license number and

– any conditions or restrictions, or suspensions on the license

 

Prior to an individual professional license being issued, the candidate must:

– Successfully pass the Nova Scotia Mortuary Law Exam. The required competencies for the Mortuary Law Exam can be found here.

– Submit a fully completed application form for embalmer and/or funeral director

– Submit licensing application fee

Applications and documents will not be reviewed or processed until all items have been received by the Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. All licensing fees are non-refundable.

 

Applicants previously licensed in another province, not currently licensed

– Provide a Police Records Check dated inside the last three months

– Complete the required examinations as outlined in the Statute of Limitations Policy**

– Provide government issued photo ID

– Submit an individual license application

As indicated in the Statute of Limitations Policy, a license lapsed for three (3) years or more, whether it be a funeral director or embalmer license will be required to complete a new written exam and complete a new clinical or practical exam, with a passing mark of 75% on both.

 

Applicants Currently Licensed Outside of Canada

If you are a funeral professional licensed and in good standing, in a jurisdiction outside of Canada, you may be eligible to apply for an individual professional license in Nova Scotia. You can begin submitting documentation ahead of your entrance into Canada, if you wish to begin the process.

 

If you are licensed in the United States:

To have your credentials assessed as a funeral director licensed in good standing in a jurisdiction in the United States, please submit the following items to the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors:

– Confirmation that you hold an individual professional license in good standing issued by the State Licensing Board

Details related to your individual professional license including:

– the state/jurisdiction issuing the license

– the date the license was first issued,

– the date the current license was issued,

– the date the license expires,

– the license number, and

– any conditions or restrictions, or suspensions on the license

– Proof that you have successfully completed a program accredited by the American Board of Funeral Services Education (ABFSE)

– Proof that you have successfully completed the National Board Examination (from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards)

– Proof of identification (government issued photo ID)

 

Prior to an individual professional license being issued, the candidate must:

– Successfully pass the Nova Scotia Mortuary Law Exam

– Submit an individual license application

– Provide a Police Records Check dated within the last 90 days

Except for writing the Nova Scotia Mortuary Law Exam, all other requirements can be submitted to the Nova Scotia Board of Registration prior to arrival in Nova Scotia.

 

Other Countries

For applicants licensed in another country, consideration will be given to the applicant’s education, training and experience on an individual basis. Supporting documentation related to education, training, employment history, criminal record check, and proof of identification can be submitted prior to arrival in Nova Scotia.

Please contact the Nova Scotia Board of Registration to discuss your specific circumstances.

For Applicants Outside of Canada and International Applicants:

Applications and documentation will not be approved until all items required have been received by the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. All items required for applications must be received within six (6) months of the initial submission process beginning. All licensing fees are non-refundable.

 

Language Requirements

Competence in the English language is an underlying requirement of the agreement. Application forms should be completed in the English. During the interview process, the applicant will be expected to communicate their competence and respond to questions in English without the assistance of translators. All licensing application supporting documents must be provided along with a certified translated copy into the English language. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for the translation of supporting documentation and education qualifications.

Applicants transferring from outside of Nova Scotia must have their provincial or state licensing body complete a Letter of Good Standing, which is to be submitted directly from the licensing body to the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. If documentation requires verification, documents must be submitted to Government of Canada’s Authentication of Documents website:

https://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/about-a_propos/services/authentication-authentification/step-etape-1.aspx?lang=eng

 

Policies to review related to licensing:

Exam Policy

Statute of Limitations Policy

Continuing Education Policy

Policy for Accommodation of Applicants