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Candidate Handbook for SBE

The candidate handbook was designed to help you register and sit for the State Board Examination. This is not a complicated process, but it is important that you follow the registration steps carefully. Missing a step or making a mistake during registration can delay your examination, or prevent you from taking it entirely. Take the time to read through the handbook before you start to register—it will make the examination process easier for you along the way. Select the appropriate state for the candidate handbook below and read it carefully.

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

State Board Exam Outline  September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2017:

SBE Arts (Funeral Directing)
Funeral Directing 52 Items
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising 22 Items
Funeral Service Counseling 23 Items
Regulatory Compliance 38 Items
Cemetery & Crematory Operations 15 Items

SBE Sciences (Embalmer)
Embalming 60 Items
Restorative Art 38 Items
Preparation for Disposition 22 Items
Funeral Service Sciences 30 Items

State Board Exam Outline – As of January 1, 2018

SBE Arts (Funeral Directing)
Funeral Arranging and Directing 51 Items
Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising 21 Items
Funeral Service Counseling 22 Items
Legal 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

State Board Exam Handbooks:

Alaska
Alabama
Arizona
Florida
Hawaii
Idaho
Louisiana
Maryland
Missouri
Mississippi
Nevada
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Washington