Acts & Regulations

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

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Exam Policies and Procedures for Apprentices

1. The purpose of the Exam Committee is to oversee and administer the Board of Registration's written and practical/clinical exams.
2. The Exam Committee shall administer the Examinations in accordance with the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act, Regulations, By-Laws and Policies approved by the Board of Directors.
3. The Exam Committee shall consist of five (5) Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers.     
  (a) of whom at least two (2) members must be representative from the Board of Directors.
  (b) at least one (1) member faculty, NSCC Kingstec Campus; Funeral and Allied Health. 
  (c) The remaining members come from the Nova Scotia Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers at large.
4. A majority of the Exam Committee constitutes a quorum.
5. The term of a Committee Member will be at the discretion of the Board.
Examinations: The qualifying examination shall consist of two (2) parts:
  (a) Written
  (b) Practical or Clinical
  (c) The pass mark for all exams is 75%
1. Written Board Examinations:
  (a) Written examinations will be held two (2) times a year, the second Tuesday of September and June.
  (b) Marks will be available within four(4) weeks following the written exam.
  (c) Evaluation tools will be used for both written exams.
  (d) An unsuccessful candidate will be given a report for review.
Exam Composition:

1. Funeral Directing Embalming (Regulations Section (3))
1. Death Benefits 1. Elementary Anatomy
2. Funeral Protocol  2. Embalming
3. Funeral Goods and Services 3. Sanitation and Public Health
4. Funeral Home requirements 4. Pathology
5. Apprentice and Licensing Requirements 5. Public Relations and Funeral Procedures
6. Legislation of Disposition  
7. Vital Statistics  
8. Fatality Investigations Act  
9. Public Health; Transportation of the Dead  
10. Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act  
11. Cemetery and Funeral Services Act  
12. Human Tissue Act  
2. Practical/Clinical Examinations:
  (a) A summary and report of the written exam will be given to the Practical/Clinical Examiner.
  (b) Evaluation tools and forms used to grade the candidate.
  (c) For Funeral Directing a traditional funeral must be used.
1. The examiner will contact the funeral home and the mentor(s) to:
  (a) to confirm the level of experience of candidate.
  (b) to come to mutually convenient time for the examination.
  (c) to ensure the mentor will be present and accountable during the exam.
  (d) to confirm the schedule of activities for both the funeral and funeral director being examined.
  (e) Both the candidate and mentor will be present to sign off on the exam.
Final Report:
The final report will be evaluated by the examiner(s) and a recommendation will be made to the Board of Directors of the Board of Registration for final approval.