Florida Funeral Director

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Are you interested in how to become a funeral director? The Florida Funeral Director Technical Certificate (T.C.) is designed to prepare students for employment as Funeral Directors, Morticians and Undertakers and or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. All courses within this certificate program require a grade of at least a "C" or better. Students graduating from this program are eligible to take the Florida Laws and Rules Exam to practice as licensed Funeral Directors as approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services. Students seeking more information on qualifications for a license, certificate or registration should contact the Florida Department of Health. Upon completion of this program, students must contact the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services for approval to take the state licensing exam.

This program is NOT accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, ABFSE, 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ  08097, (816) 233-3747, (816) 262-0711 (Cell) however, the intended outcomes are the same as their curricular objectives and the program is aligned with Florida Statutes. Students graduating from this program are NOT eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.


The following are minimum requirements for admission to the Funeral Services (ATC) Program:

  1. Acceptance to Florida State College at Jacksonville as a college credit student with all required admission documents received by the Registrar.
  2. Completion of any testing requirements and necessary follow-up.
  3. Applicant must have graduated with an associate degree or better from a regionally accredited college or university.
  4. At time of admission, overall GPA of 2.00 or higher.

Program Code: 6154

31 Credits

Limited access

School of Health, Education and Human Services
Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.

(904) 646-2300

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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This certificate articulates directly into the Funeral Services A.S. degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you. The certificate also prepares graduates for Florida Funeral Director jobs after passing the Florida Laws and Rules Exam. 

Career Opportunities

Morticians, Undertakers and Funeral Directors perform various tasks to arrange and direct funeral services, such as coordinating transportation of body to mortuary, interviewing family or other authorized person to arrange details, selecting pallbearers, aiding with the selection of officials for religious rites, and providing transportation for mourners (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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