How many years of college would you need to become a mortician or do you even need any?
Although I'm not a Mortician I did research your question. An associate’s degree in a funeral service or mortuary science education program is the education typically required to become a funeral service worker.
An associate’s degree in a funeral service or mortuary science education program is typically required for all funeral service workers to enter the occupation. Courses usually cover topics such as ethics, grief counseling, funeral service, and business law. Accredited programs also include courses in embalming and restorative techniques.
Although an associate’s degree is typically required, some employers prefer applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. Common fields of degree include mortuary science, psychology, and business.
High school students can prepare to become a funeral service worker by taking classes in biology, chemistry, business, and public speaking. Students may gain relevant experience working part-time or summer jobs in a funeral home.
Those studying to be morticians and funeral arrangers must complete training, usually lasting 1 to 3 years, under the direction of a licensed funeral director or manager. The training, sometimes called an internship or an apprenticeship, may be completed before, during, or after graduating from a funeral service or mortuary science program and passing a national board exam.
■ LICENSE, CERTIFICATION, and REGISTRATIONS
Most states and Washington, DC, require workers to be licensed. An exception is Colorado, which offers a voluntary certification program. Although licensing laws and examinations vary by state, most applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Be 21 years old
• Complete the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accredited funeral service or mortuary science education program
• Pass a state and/or national board exam
• Serve an internship lasting 1 to 3 years
Working in multiple states requires multiple licenses. Most states require funeral directors to earn continuing education credits to keep their licenses.
The median annual wage for morticians, undertakers, and funeral arrangers was $54,100 in May 2020. The lowest 10% percent earned less than $29,080, and the highest 10% percent earned more than $91,140. Best of luck to you!
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