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The Conference Releases 2017 National/State Board Exam Content Outline

Contact: Dalene Paull
Executive Director, The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc.
director@theconferenceonline.org
479-442-7076 Ext. 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2017

The Conference Releases 2017 National/State Board Exam Content Outline

The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards is pleased to announce that the 2017 content outline for the National and State Board Examinations is complete.  The outline will be used in the development of exams beginning in January 2018.  A Job/Task Analysis is completed every five to seven years to update and validate the exam specifications for the National and State Board Examination programs.  A presentation of the process and results will be shared at our annual meeting February 28-March 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For ease of reference, the notable changes from the previous outline are as follows:

  1. Content redundancies were removed and language was strengthened for clarity.
  2. All the tasks in each domain were reordered chronologically.
  3. New tasks were added as follows:
  • Funeral Arranging and Directing      

Gather information about the deceased for the purpose of creating a meaningful personalized service

  • Cemetery and Crematory Operations

Inspect crematory and confirm compliance with legal requirements

Explain the cremation process

Inspect cemetery and confirm compliance with legal requirements

Secure permit for and oversee disinterment

  • Preparation for Disposition

Transport the deceased for disposition (e.g., interment, shipment, cremation)

  1. Tasks were removed as follows:
  • Funeral Arranging and Directing

Participate in disaster relief efforts

Officiate the services if needed or requested

  • Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising

Identify and evaluate target market

Estimate and budget financial resources available for marketing purposes

  1. Two domains were renamed.

Funeral Directing is now Funeral Arranging and Directing

Regulatory Compliance is now Legal and Regulatory Compliance

  1. Knowledge areas were reviewed closely by task to ensure they are more inclusive.

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