Exam: Funeral directors

Learn about the exams required to get a funeral director license and how to register for them.

Required exams

To get a funeral director license, you must pass both of the following exams:

  • Washington State Laws, Rules, and Regulations Exam
  • Funeral Arts Exam

You won't be required to take the Funeral Arts Exam if you have passed the National Board Exam with an average score of 75% or better or have passed another state's Funeral Arts Exam.

Exam schedule

Exams are administered through the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB). The ICFSEB will schedule you for the exam after we approve your application and notify them you're eligible.

See how to get your Funeral Director license for application information.

When we finish reviewing your application, we'll notify the ICFSEB that you're eligible to take the exam.

Retaking the exam

If you fail an exam, you may retake it after 30 days and you have 12 months to pass the exam. You must pay the required fee before retaking the exam. Learn more about funeral and cemetery licensing fees.

Need additional help? Here's how to contact us:

call Phone: 360-664-1555
(TTY: Call 711)
mail Email: funerals@dol.wa.gov
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