Acts & Regulations

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.

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

The NSBREFD has now made it possible for all licensees to check their continuing education credit hours. Please be sure to remember your log in code.

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 a individual professional licence 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 a individual professional licence in good standing

Details related to your individual professional licence need to include:

– the date the licence was first issued,

– the date the current licence was issued,

– the date the licence expires,

– the licence number and

– any conditions or restrictions, or suspensions on the licence

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

– Successfully pass the Nova Scotia Mortuary Law Exam

– Submit an application form for embalmer and/or funeral director

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

All documentation can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or fax. 

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 a individual professional licence 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 a individual professional licence in good standing

Details related to your individual professional licence including:

– the state/jurisdiction issuing the license

– the date the licence was first issued,

– the date the current licence was issued,

– the date the licence expires,

– the licence number, and

– any conditions or restrictions, or suspensions on the licence

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)

Prior to a individual professional licence being issued, the candidate must:

– Successfully pass the Nova Scotia Mortuary Law Exam

– Submit a individual licence application

– Provide a Police Records Check dated inside the last 12 months

With the exception of 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.

All documentation can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or fax. 

Other Countries

For applicants licensed in another country, consideration will be given to the applicant’s training and experience on an individual basis. Please contact the Nova Scotia Board of Registration to discuss your specific circumstances.

All documentation can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or fax. 

Language Requirements

Competence in the English language is an underlying requirement. Application forms must be completed in 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.

The Nova Scotia Board of Registration will confirm receipt of your inquiry and provide follow up correspondence within 1 - 3 business days.