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Exam Review

Exam Review

4 Day National Board Exam Review 

Thursday-Sunday, April 18-21, 2024 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Cost: $200/per section | $400 for both Arts & Science Section

Cost includes:

  • Hand-Outs (emailed)
  • Content Lectures delivered by 2 mortuary science professors
  • Practices Quizzes and Tests (NEW Testing Simulator with over 4500 NBE questions – 3 month access)
  • Testing Strategies 
  • Follow-up Support


  • Dr. David R. Penepent’s  Review Manual sold separately (Strongly Recommended)
  • A Complete Guide to the Arts Section of the National Board Exam for Funeral Services  $149.95 plus shipping
  • A Complete Guide to the Arts Section of the National Board Exam for Funeral Services  $149.95 plus shipping
  • Private Tutoring also available for $30 per hour (optional)

Whether you’re taking the National Board Exam for the first time or if you have to retake any part of the exam over again, this review course is designed by mortuary science professors to facilitate the preparation process.

Register and Pay On-line at

NYS Funeral Law Exam Review Course

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 1-4:30pm

This free review session is offered by David R. Penepent, PhD, wwner of AFSEP, LLC and Program Director of Funeral Services Administration at SUNY Canton. Lecture includes:

  • Review Manual and Hand-Outs (emailed)
  • Practices Tests – Included
  • Testing Strategies 

This 3-hour Zoom webinar is designed to help resident funeral directors prepare for the New York State Funeral Law Exam. This session will discuss the funeral laws governing the practice of funeral directing in NYS. We will provide residents with testing strategies and tips for taking this exam.

To register, send an email to [email protected].    

New in 2024! NBE Reimbursement Grant

New in 2024! NBE Reimbursement Grant

The New York State Tribute Foundation Board of Directors is committed to supporting aspiring funeral service professionals. In an effort to offset the cost of registering for and taking the National Board Exam (NBE), the Foundation is offering an NBE Reimbursement Grant. To be eligible for reimbursement, applicants must:

  • Be a current student member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association.
  • Graduated from an Accredited Educational Institution with a Mortuary Science degree.
  • Reside in the state of New York and/or graduated from a New York State Educational Institution with a Mortuary Science degree.
  • Have taken and passed the National Board Exam within 12 months of graduation.
  • Intend to serve residency and work with a New York funeral home.
  • Intend on obtaining my New York license and working in New York as a licensed funeral director.

Download and complete the NBE Reimbursement Grant Application.

Helpful Videos

Helpful Videos

Casket to Bier Part 1: Transferring with a Partner

Casket to Bier Part 2: Transferring Alone With Casket Jacks

Casket to Bier Part 3: Transferring Alone Without Casket Jacks

Casket Handling Equipment: Breakdown of a Bier

Casket Handling Equipment: Breakdown of a Church Truck

Casket Handling Equipment: Breakdown of a Dressing Table

Types of Stretchers: One-Person Stretcher

Types of Stretchers: Two-Person Stretcher

Types of Stretchers: Reeves Stretcher

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities

Funeral service is an honorable and vital profession that provides an essential service under extremely difficult circumstances. The New York State Tribute Foundation has established a number of professional and continuing education scholarships.

The Foundation strives to increase the number of new funeral service professionals by providing educational scholarships to current and future funeral service professionals by encouraging existing licensed funeral directors to return to funeral service; encouraging funeral service as a second career; and providing financial scholarships as appropriate.

Available Scholarships:

  • Franklin O.L. Steinberg Scholarship – up to $12,000 per semester to qualified NYS mortuary science students
  • Samuel Q. Baxter Scholarship – $500 to qualified second-year NYS mortuary science students
  • R. Barry McPhillips Scholarship – full reimbursement of all NYSFDA Annual Convention expenses (hotel, registration, etc.) to newly-licensed/early career funeral director

For full details and applications, visit

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