How do you become an embalmer in the state of Florida?

I've decided on this career, and I was wondering what level of training will be required. Also, to anyone with the experience, whats it like?

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  • James
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    8 years ago
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    You would need a two year degree (doesn't necessarily have to be in mortuary science), followed by a one year mortuary science course. Once completed, you have to sit for a two hour HIV/AIDS class.

    If you are going to be a funeral director as well, you would have to take the National Board Exam.

    After all of that, you would need to have an internship for one year before getting your full license.

    As for the experience... it is a rewarding career, but it comes with certain caveats. Unlike most jobs, ours doesn't end at "quitting time" (there is no quitting time!). As such, you should be aware that you should be prepared to leave anywhere at any time in order to remove a deceased body and embalm it.

    It is also somewhat of an emotional burden when people are grieving around you on an almost daily basis. Some people can handle this, others cannot.

    I **LOVE** my job and my chosen career, but for you, I would highly suggest that you talk to a local funeral director / embalmer and ask to watch them work so that you can be sure that you will like the field.

  • 8 years ago

    I do not work in this profession but I assume you have to graduate from a school of mortuary science and become licensed. Go online to find mortuary science training in Florida and find out about licensing requirements, too.

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