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Title 26: Professions and Occupations

Chapter 21: FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Sub-Chapter 02: Licenses

26 V.S.A. § 1252. Application; qualifications



§ 1252. Application; qualifications

(a)(1) Funeral director. Any person holding a high school certificate or its equivalent shall be entitled to take an examination as a funeral director provided that he or she has:

(A) graduated from a school of funeral service accredited or approved by the American Board of Funeral Service Education in a course of instruction of not less than two academic years, or graduated from a school of funeral service accredited or approved by the American Board of Funeral Service Education in a course of instruction of not less than one academic year or its equivalent as determined by the Board, with 30 additional credit hours in subjects approved by the Board and obtained in a college or university approved by the Board; and

(B) completed a traineeship of 12 months of full-time employment or its equivalent under the direct supervision of a person duly licensed for the practice of funeral service within a licensed funeral establishment not connected with a school. The duration of the traineeship and the work performed shall be verified by affidavit as required by the Board; and

(C) submitted a written application and the required application fee.

(2) The Board may waive the educational and traineeship requirements for examination as a funeral director, provided the applicant possesses a valid license from another state with licensure requirements substantially similar to those required by this chapter.

(b)(1) Embalmer. Any person holding a high school certificate or its equivalent shall be entitled to take an examination in embalming provided that he or she has:

(A) graduated from a school of funeral service accredited or approved by the American Board of Funeral Service Education in a course of instruction of not less than two academic years, or graduated from a school of funeral service accredited or approved by the American Board of Funeral Service Education in a course of instruction of not less than one academic year or its equivalent as determined by the Board, with 30 additional credit hours in subjects approved by the Board and obtained in a college or university approved by the Board;

(B) served a traineeship of 12 months of full-time employment or its equivalent under the direct supervision of a person duly licensed for the practice of funeral service, within a licensed funeral establishment not connected with a school. The duration of the traineeship and the work performed shall be verified by affidavit as required by the Board; and

(C) submitted a written application and the required application fee.

(2) The Board may waive the educational and traineeship requirements for examination as an embalmer, provided the applicant possesses a valid license from another state with licensure requirements substantially similar to those required by this chapter.

(c) Funeral establishment. A person, partnership, association, or other organization desiring to operate a funeral establishment, shall apply, in writing, to the Board of Funeral Service for a license. The applicant, if a corporation, partnership, association, or other organization, must have a manager or co-owner who is a licensed funeral director. The application for a license shall be sworn to by the individual, a partner, or a duly authorized officer of a corporation, and shall be on the form prescribed and furnished by the Board of Funeral Service, and the applicant shall furnish such information as required by rule or regulation of the Board. The application shall be accompanied by a licensing fee.

(d) Crematory establishment. A person, partnership, corporation, association, or other organization desiring to operate a crematory establishment shall apply, in writing, to the Board of Funeral Service for a license. The applicant, if a partnership, corporation, association, or other organization, must have a designated manager or co-owner who is responsible for the operation of the establishment and who is registered with the Board under subsection (e) of this section. The application for a license shall be sworn to by the individual, or a partner or a duly authorized officer of a corporation, shall be on the form prescribed and furnished by the Board, and the applicant shall furnish information, as required by rule. The application shall be accompanied by a licensing fee. However, the applicant shall not be required to pay the fee under this subsection if the applicant pays the fee under subsection (b) of this section.

(e) Crematory personnel. Any person who desires to engage in direct handling, processing, identification, or cremation of dead human remains within a licensed crematory establishment shall register with the Board of Funeral Service and pay the fee established in subsection 1256(d) of this chapter. The applicant shall have attained the age of majority and be directly employed by a licensed crematory establishment. The Board may prescribe, by rule, the forms for applicants, which may include proof of completion of up to three hours of education and training in programs approved by the Board.

(f) Removal personnel. Any person who desires to engage in removals shall register with the Board of Funeral Service and pay the fee established in subsection 1256(d) of this chapter. The applicant shall have attained the age of majority and be directly employed by a licensed funeral or crematory establishment, or the University of Vermont for removals related to the University's anatomical gift program. The Board may prescribe, by rule, the forms for applicants, which may include proof of completion of up to three hours of education and training in infectious diseases in programs approved by the Board. Registrants under this section are authorized to perform removals only, as defined by this chapter. Unregistered personnel may accompany registered personnel to assist in removals so long as they have been instructed in handling and precautionary procedures prior to the call.

(g) Limited services establishment.

(1) The Board of Funeral Service may adopt rules for the issuance of limited service establishment licenses in accordance with this chapter. Limited service establishment licensees are authorized to perform only disposition services without arranging, directing, or performing embalming, public viewings, gatherings, memorials, funerals, or related ceremonies. Disposition services under this subsection (d) include direct cremation, direct alkaline hydrolysis, immediate burial, or direct green burial.

(2) Limited services shall be overseen by a funeral director licensed under this chapter who is employed by the limited service establishment.

(3) Each limited service arrangement shall include a mandatory written disclosure providing notice to the purchaser that limited services do not include embalming, public viewings, gatherings, memorials, funerals, or related ceremonies.

(4) A funeral director associated with a funeral establishment licensed under subsection (c) of this section may provide limited services so long as the mandatory disclosure described under subdivision (3) of this subsection is provided to the purchaser. (Amended 1959, No. 224, § 5; 1969, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 12; 1971, No. 184 (Adj. Sess.), § 18, eff. March 29, 1972; 1973, No. 236 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 1989, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.), § 35; 2001, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 15, eff. June 27, 2002; 2005, No. 27, § 41; 2009, No. 35, § 18; 2013, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.)