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Funeral Service Practitioner Exam

Applicants for a Funeral Service Practitioner (FSP) license shall be required to successfully complete a written examination and receive a score of at least 75 percent. 

Per ORS 692.070, the exam tests applicants on state and federal laws, rules and regulations relating to the care, preparation, disposition and transportation of dead human bodies and relating to survivor death benefits.

To take the FSP exam, you must:
  • Be a qualified applicant for the FSP license, either through an apprenticeship or through reciprocity.
  • Submit an Application for the Funeral Service Practitioner Exam
  • Submit the Exam fee of $100
  • Provide proof of the completion of an associates degree or higher at an accredited school OR proof of four years as a licensed FSP in either Oregon or another state. 
The examination fee and a completed application must be received by the Board seven days prior to the exam.

An apprentice funeral service practitioner may choose to take the exam before completion and certification of their apprenticeship, but may not apply for the license  until both the exam is successfully passed and their apprenticeship is completed and verified by the Board.

Note: The International Conference on Funeral Service Examination Boards (The Conference) will be taking over the FSP exam, and it will be offered nationwide at Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers via a computer-based exam. We do not yet have an anticipated date for this transition. Contact the board's staff for more information.

Educational Waiver 

By law,* you are not eligible to take the FSP exam until you have provided written evidence of graduation from an associate degree program or higher. The degree must be from a school accredited by a regional association of schools and colleges.  

However, the law** also allows for the Board to waive the requirement for evidence of completion of a degree at the time of the exam. This can be especially helpful for recent graduates who are waiting for their school to finalize their transcripts. Providing written evidence is still required- the applicant is just given an extension. The evidence must be received by the Board no later than four calendar months from the first day of the month following the month in which the FSP examination is taken. For example, if the exam is taken on July 3, the Board must receive a transcript from an accredited school by December 1. The Board will not release the applicant's exam results until the transcript is received. If an applicant takes an exam and does not provide written evidence of the educational requirement within the required timeframe, then the exam is considered null and void. 

*ORS 692.045(2)
**ORS 670.010

Embalmer Exam

Applicants for an Oregon embalmer license shall be required to show evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant has successfully passed either the National Board Examination as administered by The International Conference on Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB) or the Oregon State Board Examination, also administered by ICFSEB. The exam shall include two sections, funeral service arts and funeral service sciences. Applicants must receive an average score of 75 percent on the exam, with at least 70 percent on either of the two sections.

To take the Embalmer exam, you must:
  • Be a qualified applicant for the embalmer license, either through an apprenticeship or through reciprocity.
  • Provide proof of graduation from a funeral service education program accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.
  • Sign up for the exam through The Conference's Website.
ICFSEB will now be administering both the National Board Examination and the Oregon State Embalmer Examination via a computer-based exam. The examination will not be given at the Board's office. 

Death Care Consultant Exam

Death Care Consultant applicants are required to successfully complete a written examination prior to licensure. Applicants must receive a score of at least 75 percent.

To take the Death Care Consultant exam, you must:
  • Be a qualified applicant for the Death Care Consultant license.
  • Be at least 18 years old prior to the date of the exam.
  • Submit a DCC Exam Application.
  • Submit the DCC Exam Fee.
This exam is proctored at the Board offices in Portland. Please contact the Board for the DCC Exam Application.

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