I get a ton of questions asking the steps that need to be taken to become a funeral director. This is such a difficult question because every single state is different! What this means is that since I am licensed in New York, I am only a funeral director in New York. If I were to travel to New Jersey, or Ohio, I am no longer a funeral director unless I take the steps necessary in that state.
For a list of the requirements for your state you can always check out the National Funeral Director Association Licensing Boards and Requirements. For New York, I had to complete the following steps.
1. Graduate with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service
2. Pass the National Board Exam (both sections, Arts and Science)
3. Complete a one year residency with a licensed funeral firm
4. Pass a NYS Funeral Law Exam
For more information, you can watch my video below.