Required Hours and Other Information

Required Hours

All crematory operators must submit 2 hours of crematory continuing education credits every renewal period.

For Funeral Directors and/or Embalmers who are also Crematory Operators:  Crematory Operator continuing education credits can also be used for funeral director/embalmer credit--but NOT both.  For example:  If you complete a six (6) hour course marked as eligible for crematory operator credit (displayed in green in the calendar ), two (2) hours will count toward your crematory operator continuing education requirement and four (4) hours will count toward your funeral director/embalmer requirement

If you are a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory (all three licenses) you will owe twelve (12) hours of funeral directing/embalming continuing education and two (2) hours of crematory operator credit--for a total of fourteen (14) hours each two-year renewal period.

Other Information

Please submit your Continuing Education renewal cards prior to your renewal due date ONLY IF THE PROGRAM HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE BOARD. Kansas continuing education approval cards must be signed by a program representative and submitted to the board in order to receive continuing education credit. Requests submitted without the proper application and/or approval cards or cards that have not been properly signed will not be approved. Blank approval cards and program applications are available through the board's Topeka office upon request at no charge. Cards from approved programs should only be submitted to the board at your individual time of renewal.

There is a maximum of six hours allowed for each individual program topic. Other programs (correspondence courses, video presentations, programs where you are a lecturer) have a 3 hour maximum per program with a total maximum of six hours per renewal period. No more than six of the required 12 hours may be earned this way.

CPR and EMT courses can constitute no more than four hours toward any one renewal. NOTE: when submitting credit for CPR and EMT courses, you must submit confirmation of the number of hours for the courses including separation of online and classroom; as online only, combination and classroom only courses are offered.This information is not included on the certification card. You should receive this information with your class registration confirmation. 
No credit is given for repetitious presentations. All of these programs require approval on the appropriate sponsor application. No examinations of any kind are approved for credit. Insurance programs are not approved for credit unless they deal DIRECTLY with prefinanced funeral agreements. Insurance licenses have continuing education requirements completely separate from licensed embalmers and funeral directors.

A maximum of 18 hours can be submitted for any renewal period. Up to six hours can be carried over for your next renewal.

If you wish to apply for continuing education credit for programs not appearing on the approved continuing education lists, PLEASE DO SO WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE PROGRAM DATE on forms provided by the Board. When applying for credit for unapproved programs, please submit ALL necessary information: Complete an outline (indicating all breaks), subject information and explanation, speaker-presenter's experience and credentials and how the program will aid the licensee in better serving the public. Incomplete requests can not and will not be approved. Forms are available upon request at no charge. Approval for program requests can take anywhere from two weeks up until three months. ALL CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM REQUESTS must be submitted on board approval applications. For those of you that wait to submit requests right before you renew--BEWARE! Approval can take up to 90 days. Keep this in mind when making application for approval--especially if your renewal due date is fast approaching!