The death care industry can only be advanced by the continuing development of our professionals. One of the AFCCA’s cherished duties is to provide educational opportunities for our members and non-members alike. We also provide opportunities for those considering taking up the profession.

AFCCA provides many educational and continuing education opportunities throughout the year, including:

  • AFCCA Annual Convention
  • Crematory Operators Training (usually twice per year)
  • Annual Maintenance Seminar

Licensing Requirements for Funeral Directors and Embalmers


In order to become a licensed funeral director in Arizona, you must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. Be a graduate of an accredited or provisionally accredited school of mortuary science.
  3. Pass the funeral service arts section of the national board examination or the state equivalent examination.
  4. Pass the funeral director state laws and rules examination.
  5. Have held an active license as an embalmer for at least one year and have assisted in the arranging and directing of at least twenty-five funerals.

In order to be licensed as an embalmer, you must:

  1. Pass the funeral service science section of the national board examination or the state equivalent examination.
  2. Pass the embalmer state laws and rules examination.
  3. Have been licensed as an intern for at least one year.
  4. Have successfully completed an internship program that included assisting in the embalming of at least twenty-five dead human bodies.

The Association also partners with theĀ Chandler/Gilbert Community College Mortuary Science ProgramĀ to advocate for and further educate not only those interested in the death care industry, but to continue to develop and refine skills of those already in the profession.

We are proud of our relationship with the only Mortuary Science program in Arizona, and our relationship with faculty Dr. Thomas Taggart and Donna Backhaus.