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State Board Exam


1. Review the SBE Candidate Handbook and The Conference Policies and Procedures carefully. As an exam candidate, you must agree to the terms and conditions.

2. Please review the SBE Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to frequently asked questions.

3. Apply for the SBE after you have reviewed the SBE Candidate Handbook. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

***If you are seeking ADA accommodations, please submit the ADA Accommodations Form. Please follow the instructions carefully.

4. OPTIONAL study material is available and may be ordered here:
Order The State Board Exam Study Guide
Order The Practice Examination

5. Once you have received the confirmation email from The Conference that your application has been processed, you may schedule your examination. If you would like, you may locate a test center (follow link and click on “find a test center”) ahead of time.  You may also tour a test center to familiarize yourself with the general layout of a Pearson VUE testing location.


Eligible candidates may sit for the SBE up to three times in a one year period. Please note, you must wait 30 days before taking a failed section of the SBE.

Please report a potential security breach if you are aware of an examination security issue.


The purpose of the State Board Examination (SBE) is to provide official licensing agencies with an evaluation of an applicant for licensure in the diverse areas of competency required for the field of funeral service. The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards develops, administers and provides score reporting services to the state licensing boards.

The SBE is provided for various states as an assessment of content knowledge needed to practice as a licensed Funeral Director or Embalmer in a particular state. Availability of exams may vary due to state specific licensing requirements. Depending on the state a State Board Arts Exam or a State Board Science Exam may be offered.

SBE Arts (Funeral Directing)
Funeral Arranging and Directing 51 Items
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising 21 Items
Funeral Service Counseling 22 Items
Legal and Regulatory Compliance 36 Items
Cemetery & Crematory Operations 20 Items

SBE Sciences (Embalmer)
Embalming 58 Items
Restorative Art 34 Items
Preparation for Disposition 31 Items
Funeral Service Sciences 27 Items

Sample Questions