The Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service has waived 832 IAC 4-1-1(e), removing the maximum hour of continuing education that may be obtained through distance learning. This waiver is set to expire at the end of the public health emergency.  A copy of the waiver can be found online at  There has been no change in the number of CE hours required to renew.      

Once the emergency declaration ends, if a licensee has not obtained all CE hours via distance learning during the ED, the remaining balance above 5 hours would need to be live courses.

The state of emergency is scheduled to end December 1, 2021.

1)    Acceptable continuing education subjects:

a.    Business administration.
b.    Religion.
c.     Natural sciences.
d.    Management services-systems, cost, budget, merger and acquisition, data processing, etc.
e.    Preneed services.
f.      Restorative art/embalming.
g.    Funeral service counseling.
h.    Funeral service merchandising.
i.      Funeral customs.
j.      Communicable diseases including transmission, sterilization techniques, and risk education methods in the practice of professional services.

2)    Of the minimum ten hours of instruction each funeral director and embalmer must complete within each two year period, at least four hours must be in one or more of the following areas:

a.    Preneed burial services or merchandise under IC 30-2-13.
b.    The practice of funeral service under IC 25-15-2-22.
c.     The cremation act under IC 23-14-31.
d.    The cemetery act under IC 23-14.

3)    There is a limit of five of the required ten hours that may be obtained from distance learning methods.

4)    Licensees may not count IOSHA and OSHA required courses towards the funeral director or embalmer continuing education renewal requirement.

You may locate or verify approved continuing education providers on our website at You may view all of the continuing education providers by leaving the name field blank in your search.