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The following regulation is adopted pursuant to the authority granted to the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in ACA 17-29-209.

PURPOSE: To serve the public interest in part by assuring that funeral service professionals are required to stay abreast of changes in a rapidly changing field. The profession as a whole benefits when public confidence in the industry is secure. Including continuing education as a requirement for license renewal enhances the importance of education in the advancement of the licensee and the funeral service profession.

The effective date is October 1, 1995.

Section I Definitions
(A) Embalmers Qualifications: Every Licensed embalmer who desires to be actively engaged in the practice of embalming in Arkansas shall submit with the renewal application evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education required by the board.

Every licensed embalmer who is not actively engaged in the practice of embalming in the state of Arkansas shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements set forth in the subsection of this section. If the person becomes engaged in the active practice of embalming, such people shall within the first full year after becoming engaged in active practice of embalming meet the continuing eduation requiements specified by the board.

(B) Funeral Directors Qualifications: Every licensed funeral director who desires to be actively engaged in the practice of funeral directing in Arkansas shall submit with the renewal application evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education required by the board.

Every licensed funeral director who is not actively engaged in the practice of funeral directing in the state shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements set forth in the subsection of this section. If the person becomes engaged in the active practice of funeral directing, such people shall within the first full year after becoming engaged in the active practice meet the continuing education requirements specified by the board.

(C) Dual License Qualifications: Every licensee holding both a Funeral Director and Embalmers license who desires to be actively engaged in the practice of either or both arts shall submit with the renewal application evidence of satisfactory completion of a program of continuing education required by the board. A total of eight (8) hours is required.
(D) Actively Engaged: Actively engaged is defined as: Embalming, arranging, or conducting funerals.
(E) Licensee Not Actively Engaged In The State: Every licensee who is not actively engaged in the practice of embalming or funeral directing in the state of Arkansas shall be exempt from the continuing education requirement. If the person becomes engaged in the active practice of embalming and funeral directing, such people shall within the first full year after becoming engaged in the active practice meet the continuing education requirements specified by the board.
(F) Aged Licenses: Licensees age 65 or above and who have had their licenses for 20 consecutive years or licensees who have been granted a Lifetime License are not required to meet the continuing education requirements.
(G) Out of State Licensee:  Every licensee who holds a valid Arkansas license but lives out of the state of Arkansas and are not actively engaged in funeral directing and embalming in this state, are not required to meet the continuing education requirements.
(H) Continuing Education Requirements: Every active licensee in this state shall submit with the license renewal application, satisfactory proof of completion of a minimum of eight (8) hours per year of continuing education work approved by the board.
Section II Continuing Education (License Requirements and Exemptions)
(A) The board shall have the power to excuse licensees from the continuing education requirements as set forth in these rules and regulations.
(B) Except as provided in subsection (f), each licensee residing in the state of Arkansas shall submit with the license renewal application, satisfactory proof of completion of a minimum of eight (8) hours of continuing education course work approved by the board. Compliance with this continuing education shall be required for a license renewal.
(C) Continuing education credit(s) may be obtained by attending and participating in continuing education courses or workshops previously accredited by the board or which otherwise meet the requirements stated in these rules and are approved by the board. This includes CE credits approved by other states.
(D) While an organization, educational institution, or person is an accredited sponsor, all continuing education programs of the organization, educational institution, or person, shall be subject to approval by the board. Each organization, educational institution, or person shall upon completion of an application and a fee set by the board, be notified of the approval or disapproval of the course a minimum of thirty (30) days before the courses are offered.
(E) No more than four (4) continuing education hours can be carried over from one licensing year to the next.
(F) Continuing education requirements for individuals newly licensed by examination before this board shall be waived for the first time renewal of a license.
(G) Continuing education requirements for individuals coming before this board for a reciprocal license from another state to become engaged in funeral directing or embalming in Arkansas, shall be waived for the first time renewal of a license.
(H) No more than two hours shall be granted for a video or audio tape series per license year.
(I)

Continuing education credits shall be granted for any community college, junior college or four-year university course relating to and approved by the board for the continuing education requirements. Each applicant for such a course shall also supply the board a certificate of completion, the completed grade, and the number of hours received in such a course accredited by the college or university.

(J) Serious Illness or Disability: Any licensee with a serious illness or disability shall (1) notify the board in writing of any such serious illness or disability along with a documented statement from a personal physician to that illness and disability, to apply for exemption on a year by year basis from the board. (2) The board shall have the power to review the letters of exemption of these continuing education requirements on a case by case basis.
(K)

Who Cannot Be Excused:  Any licensee who is actively engaged in the practice of funeral directing or embalming cannot be excused by the illness or disability provision set forth in these rules.

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