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Individual Licensing and Certifications

Oregon has several occupational licenses for individuals working in the death care industry.  These licenses are based on specific scope of practice.  Which license is required for you, if any, is based on the type of work you wish to perform and the services you intend to offer – not necessarily on the location where services are provided or which business title you wish to use.   


The information included below is only an overview of the licensing requirements. Read all applications thoroughly and complete them fully prior to submission. If you have any questions about the licensing process, please reach out to our licensing specialist.

We encourage all applicants to review information about the background checks that will be performed by the Board prior to submitting an application.

Funeral Service Practitioners supervise or control the transportation, care, preparation, processing and handling of dead human bodies before the bodies undergo cremation, entombment or burial, or before the bodies are transported out of the State of Oregon. FSPs work to arrange for the disposition of human remains. FSPs coordinate and direct the various tasks associated with performing funeral services for at-need persons including but not limited to: taking all vital information on the deceased for the purpose of filing the death certificate; arranging for transportation of the remains; coordinating the services for final disposition; supervising or otherwise controlling the care, preparation, processing and handling of human remains.

Minimum Qualifications:

Documents Required to Apply:

  • If qualifying for licensure through the completion of an apprenticeship:
    • Funeral Service Practitioner Apprentice Completion Application
    • Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
    • Transcripts showing proof of an Associates Degree 
    • Written statement and accompanying documentation for any background information disclosed on the application, if applicable (see application for additional information)
  • If qualifying for licensure through reciprocity:
    • Application for Oregon Funeral Service Practitioner License by Reciprocity
    • Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
    • Transcripts showing proof of an Associates Degree or higher OR documentation showing that the applicant has been licensed in good standing and practicing for a minimum of four years
    • Documentation showing that the applicant has been licensed in good standing and practicing for at least one year 
    • Written statement and accompanying documentation for any background information disclosed on the application, if applicable (see application for additional information)
  • If you have previously been licensed as an FSP in Oregon but have let your licensure lapse:
Licenses are valid for up to 2 years. Licenses expire on December 31 of odd years. The initial license fee is $160, and renewing the license is $160. If less than a year is remaining in the renewal cycle at the time of initial application, the fee is prorated to $80.​

Embalmers provide the necessary handling and preparation of human remains, e.g. washing, disinfecting, setting features, embalming, repair and supervising dressing. Embalmers are responsible for the required sanitizing of a preparation room or holding room including, but not limited to, embalming tables, work surfaces, sinks, floors, instruments, and handling and properly disposing of contaminated waste. A preparation room or holding room must be sanitized after the use of the room.

Minimum Qualifications:

Documents Required to Apply:

  • If qualifying for licensure through the completion of an apprenticeship:
    • Embalmer Apprenticeship Completion Application
    • Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
    • Certified scores for the National Board Examination from the ICFSEB
    • Transcripts showing proof of graduation from an accredited school of Funeral Service Education.​
    • Written statement and accompanying documentation for any background information disclosed on the application, if applicable (see application for additional information)
  • If qualifying for licensure through reciprocity:
    • Application for Oregon Embalmer License by Reciprocity
    • Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
    • Certified scores for the National Board Examination from the ICFSEB
    • Transcripts showing proof of graduation from an accredited school of Funeral Service Education
    • Documentation showing that the applicant has been licensed in good standing and practicing for at least one year 
    • Written statement and accompanying documentation for any background information disclosed on the application, if applicable (see application for additional information)
  • If you have previously been licensed as an Embalmer in Oregon but have let your licensure lapse:
    • Application for Oregon Embalmer License
    • Written statement and accompanying documentation for any background information disclosed on the application, if applicable (see application for additional information)​ 
Licenses are valid for up to 2 years. Licenses expire on December 31 of Odd Years. The initial license fee is $160, and renewing the license is $160. If less than a year is remaining in the renewal cycle at the time of initial application, the fee is prorated to $80.​

Combination Funeral Service Practitioner/Embalmers hold both the Embalmer license and the Funeral Service Practitioner license, and can perform the duties of both occupational licenses.

Minimum Qualifications:

Documents Required to Apply:

  • If qualifying for licensure through the completion of an apprenticeship:
  • If qualifying for licensure through reciprocity:
    • Application for Oregon Embalmer License by Reciprocity & Oregon Funeral Service Practitioner License by Reciprocity
    • Certified Copy of a Birth Certificate
    • Certified scores for the National Board Examination from the ICFSEB
    • Transcripts showing proof of graduation from an accredited school of Funeral Service Education
    • Documentation showing that the applicant has been licensed in good standing and practicing for at least one year 
    • Written statement and accompanying documentation for any background information disclosed on the application, if applicable (see application for additional information)
  • If you have previously been licensed as a combination FSP/Embalmer in Oregon but have let your licensure lapse:
​​Licenses are valid for up to 2 years. Licenses expire on December 31 of Odd Years. The initial license fee is $320, and renewing the license is $320.​

Preneed salesperson means an individual employed by a certified provider to engage in the sale of prearrangement or preconstruction sales contracts funded by trusts on behalf of the certified provider.

Preconstruction sales or preconstruction sales contract means any sale made to a purchaser, which has as its purpose the furnishing of undeveloped interment, entombment or cremation spaces and where the sale terms require payment or payments to be made at a currently determinable time.

The sale and conveyance of interment rights in existing plots, crypts or niches does not constitute preneed sales, even when the sale takes place years in advance of death. If you sell only existing plots, crypts or niches, you need not register to sell preneed. However, if you also sell goods or services that are not considered "delivered" at the time of the sale, like opening and closing, you must register.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be employed by certified provider as defined in ORS 97.923(2).

Documents Required to Apply:

Licenses are valid for up to 2 years. Licenses expire on March 1 of even numbered years. The initial license fee is $150, and renewing the license is $50.​

Death care consultants provide, for payment, information or advice on matters related to funeral or final disposition arrangements to members of the public making final arrangments. Death care consultants may not provide any direct physical assistance with, or supervision of, the handling of human remains.

Minimum Qualifications:

Documents Required to Apply:

Licenses are valid for up to 2 years. Licenses expire 2 years from the date of licensure. The initial license fee is $160, and renewing the license is $160.​


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