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Press Release: Examination Program Updates

Contact:  Sarah Gill
Examination Services Manager, The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc.
exams@theconferenceonline.org
479-442-7076 Ext. 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2016

Examination Program Updates

The Conference Board of Directors met on September 19, 2016 and approved updates to the examination program. While staff will continue to provide the specific details to candidates, member boards, and accredited programs, the overall changes are listed below for informational purposes.

Transcripts Now Accepted
In response to many requests for The Conference to accept official transcripts, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective immediately, candidates may submit an official transcript in addition to the faculty submitting the “Verification of Graduation” form as a means of eligibility to sit for the National Board Exam (NBE). This alternative allows the candidate the ability to request their transcript from the institution at their convenience, while alleviating an administrative burden on faculty for those that choose this eligibility path. Only official sealed transcripts directly from the institution to The Conference will be accepted.

NBE Scholarship Program
After receiving feedback on the NBE Scholarship Program, The Conference Board of Directors has updated the award distribution timeline. Beginning in 2017, the Board will draw five names twice per year, at the Spring and Fall Board of Directors meetings. This is to better ensure that all candidates have the opportunity to benefit from the scholarship if selected, regardless of the graduation date. All other aspects of the scholarship program will remain the same, which includes a complimentary NBE registration (a $500 value) for each of the 10 candidates selected. The entry period will still open approximately two months prior to the scholarship drawings and require a brief statement on a topic that will be announced at that time.

NBE Scores & Verification of Results Orders
In an effort to further clarify the role of certified exam scores in the licensure process, the Board of Directors delineated that scores are to be sent directly to member boards only. Candidates wishing to request a “Verification of Results” for personal use may do so at any time. The “Verification of Results” includes the exam taken, administration date as well as their pass/fail status per exam.

State Board Exam (SBE) Fee Change
Beginning January 1, 2017, the fee for the SBE Arts and Sciences will be $250 for each section. This will bring the fee structure in line with the National Board Exam program and will not affect the pricing for Laws, Rules, and Regulations Examinations. Candidates are currently notified of this change at time of application and on The Conference website.

As an integral component to funeral service licensure, The Conference’s examination program is continuously reviewed and refined by the Board of Directors. Further information on the above updates will be provided on The Conference’s website. Any questions and/or comments can be directed to the Examination Services Manager at exams@theconferenceonline.org.

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