How to Become a Mortician in Indiana

by Mike Parker
Morticians may sell funeral accessories such as caskets.

Funeral directors, sometimes referred to as undertakers or morticians, provide an important service to their communities by handling the details involved with the disposition of the dead. They frequently act as embalmers and they may operate funeral homes or crematoriums. Most states, including Indiana, require morticians to hold a funeral director's licensed. The Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service handles licensure of funeral directors in Indiana.

Graduate from high school. The Indiana Code requires candidates for a funeral director intern license to hold a diploma from an accredited high school. All candidates for a funeral director intern license must be at least 18 years of age.

Go to college. The Indiana Code requires candidates for a funeral director intern license to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours from a regionally-accredited post-secondary educational institution. Coursework must include studies in English, science, business and the humanities. Coursework may also include electives that would apply toward a bachelor's degree.

Study mortuary science. The Indiana Code requires candidates for a funeral director intern license to complete the equivalent of a minimum of four academic quarters of study in mortuary science. You may elect to complete a twenty-one month mortuary science program from an institution that has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service to fulfill your educational requirements.

Serve as a funeral director intern. The Indiana Code requires candidates for a funeral director license to acquire at minimum of one year's continuous experience in the funeral service practice under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director. You may then apply for an Indiana funeral director's license by paying the required fee and sitting for and passing the Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service mandated funeral director's examination.

About the Author

Mike Parker is a full-time writer, publisher and independent businessman. His background includes a career as an investments broker with such NYSE member firms as Edward Jones & Company, AG Edwards & Sons and Dean Witter. He helped launch DiscoverCard as one of the company's first merchant sales reps.

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