Continuing education providers and courses are approved by the Board of Funeral Service for the sole purpose of offering continuing education hours to funeral directors, embalmers, and/or cremationists licensed in Alabama. Participation in an approved continuing education course does not qualify any person who does not hold a license pursuant to the requirements of Title 34, Chapter 13 of the Code of Alabama to engage in any business, profession, or practice regulated and defined in §34-13-1.

The State of Alabama requires licensees to complete Continuing Education prior to their license being renewed.

The first reporting period was October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2016 and biennially thereafter.

All providers and courses must be Board approved. In accordance with §34-13-53(d)(4) and Administrative Code 395-X-2-.07, Providers, organizations or person applying to be a continuing education provider in this state shall pay an administrative fee of $200.00. This biennial fee applies to providers, this is not a course application fee.

Funeral Directors/ Embalmers/Cremationists are required to complete 8-hours of continuing education biennially. In accordance with §34-13-53(d)(1) and Administrative Code 395-X-2-.07(1), Included in the required eight hours, all licensees must complete a board approved continuing education course in ethics and blood-borne pathogens/universal precautions.

Alabama requires a certification of completion be awarded upon the successful completion of all approved course and must include:

  • provider’s name
  • licensees’ name
  • license number
  • approved course title or number
  • date of completion
  • number of approved continuing education credit hours awarded

Licensees who are 65 years of age or older and have held a license for 10 years prior to the end of the reporting period are exempt from CE requirements.

A licensee who has more than 8 hours of continuing education in a renewal period, may carry over a maximum of 4 hours to the next renewal period.

Courses that are for academic credit by a Mortuary Science College approved by the American Board of Funeral Service Education shall be approved unless the course is taken to obtain licensure as a Funeral Director, Embalmer or Cremationist.