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These guidelines are advisory in nature and set out general concepts rather than precise statutory language. The ICCFA is not recommending that the guidelines be codified into law as a whole. Instead, the guidelines are intended for consideration as a series of options to be selectively chosen by interested parties to address particular concerns.
Developed in 1998 by the Government and Legal Affairs Task Force of the
International Cemetery and Funeral Association
Occupational licensing by state regulatory authority is a common practice in many professional fields, which includes the licensing of funeral directors and embalmers. In order to qualify for a professional license, individuals generally have to satisfy certain requirements, such as achieving a specified educational level, undergoing specialized training, completing an apprenticeship or internship in their field, and passing certain professional examinations.
In today's mobile society, many licensed professionals have recognized that it is desirable to be able to transfer their licenses when they relocate to a new state. Qualified funeral directors and embalmers, who have previously satisfied fundamental requirements when they entered their professions, should also have the ability to apply for reciprocal licenses.
Since specific licensure requirements for funeral directors and embalmers vary from state to state, this guideline attempts to standardize the criteria for reciprocal licenses to help promote universal acceptance of this concept. In those states with separate licensing for funeral directors and embalmers, corresponding reciprocity requirements could also be bifurcated.