HOW TO BECOME A FUNERAL DIRECTOR IN NEW YORK STATE

Education & Training

New York State requires the following to become a licensed funeral director:

  • Successfully complete and graduate from an accredited mortuary science program. Students seeking to become funeral directors must complete 60 semester credits (about 2 years) in the following subjects:
    • Mortuary arts (22 semester hours)
    • Funeral services (22 semester hours)
    • Electives (16 semester hours)
  • Pass the National Board Exam administered by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
  • Complete a 12-month training program as a registered resident with an approved New York State-registered funeral firm.
  • Pass a NYS law exam pertaining to the laws, rules and regulations governing the business and practice of funeral directing in New York State.

MORTUARY SCIENCE SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK STATE

American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education
619 West 54th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Degree Offered: Associate in Occupational Studies
Distance Learning: YES

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Distance Learning: YES

Nassau Community College
357 East Road
Garden City, NY 11530-6793
Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Distance Learning: YES (Limited)

State University of New York College of Technology at Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Cook Hall 107
Canton, NY 13617
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science
Distance Learning: YES (Limited)

MORTUARY SCIENCE SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK STATE

American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education
619 West 54th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Degree Offered: Associate in Occupational Studies
Distance Learning: YES

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Distance Learning: YES

Nassau Community College
357 East Road
Garden City, NY 11530-6793
Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science
Distance Learning: YES (Limited)

State University of New York College of Technology at Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Cook Hall 107
Canton, NY 13617
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science
Distance Learning: YES (Limited)

Out of State

If you are new to New York State and hold a funeral director's license from another state, CLICK HERE.