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Candidate Handbook for NBE

The NBE Candidate Handbook is designed to help you register and sit for the National Board Examination. It is important that you follow the registration steps carefully, as missing a step or making a mistake during registration can delay your examination, or prevent you from taking it entirely. Candidates agree to the terms of the handbook at time of registration, so it is important to thoroughly read the document before submitting an application:

NBE Candidate Handbook

Please note as the result of the recent Job Task Analysis Survey, the National Board Exam will be updated on January 1, 2018 to reflect the new examination blueprint (listed below). While the changes are minimal, study materials will also be updated and will be available for purchase soon.

September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2017

NBE Arts Section
Funeral Directing 52 Items
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising 22 Items
Funeral Service Counseling 23 Items
Regulatory Compliance 38 Items
Cemetery & Crematory Operations 15 Items
Pretest Questions 20 Items

NBE Science Section
Embalming 60 Items
Restorative Art 38 Items
Preparation for Disposition 22 Items
Funeral Service Sciences 30 Items
Pretest Questions 20 Items

As of January 1, 2018

NBE Arts Section
Funeral Arranging and Directing 51 Items
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising 21 Items
Funeral Service Counseling 22 Items
Legal and Regulatory Compliance 36 Items
Cemetery and Crematory Operations 20 Items
Pretest Questions 20 Items

NBE Science Section
Embalming 58 Items
Restorative Art 34 Items
Preparation for Disposition 31 Items
Funeral Service Sciences 27 Items
Pretest Questions 20 Items