Education and Apprenticeship
For Funeral Professionals
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 valid driver's license
– Submit an examination application to write the written Mortuary Law Exam
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 inside the last three months
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.
For applicants licensed in another country, consideration will be given to the applicant’s training, professional designation, education, and experience on an individual basis.
Please contact the Nova Scotia Board of Registration to discuss your specific circumstances.
Applications and documentation will not be processed 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.
Competence in the English language is an underlying requirement of the agreement. Application forms should 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. 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 the Government of Canada’s Authentication of Documents website
Policies to review related to licensing:
Statute of Limitations Policy
Continuing Education Policy
Policy for Accommodation of Applicants