H. B. 2586
(By Delegates Morgan, Stephens, Eldridge and Paxton)
[Passed April 12, 2013; in effect July 1, 2013.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §30-6-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to qualifications for a license to practice embalming; and clarifying the education, apprentice and examination requirements.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §30-6-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6. BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMINERS.
§30-6-8. Embalmer license requirements.
(a) The board shall issue a license to practice embalming to an applicant who:
(1) Is of good moral character;
(2) Is eighteen years of age or over;
(3) Is a citizen of the United States or is eligible for employment in the United States;
(4) Has a high school diploma or its equivalent;
(5) Has completed one of the following education requirements, as evidenced by a transcript submitted to the board for evaluation:
(A) (i) Has an associate degree from an accredited college or university; or
(ii) Has successfully completed at least sixty semester hours or ninety quarter hours of academic work in an accredited college or university toward a baccalaureate degree with a declared major field of study; and (iii) Has graduated from a school of mortuary science, accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Inc., which requires as a prerequisite to graduation the completion of a course of study of not less than twelve months; or
(B) Has a bachelor degree in mortuary science from an accredited college or university;
(6) Has completed a one-year apprenticeship, under the supervision of a licensed embalmer and funeral director actively and lawfully engaged in the practice of embalming and funeral directing in this state, which apprenticeship consisted of:
(A) Diligent attention to the work in the course of regular and steady employment and not as a side issue to another employment; and
(B) The apprentice taking an active part in: (i) The operation of embalming not less than thirty-five dead human bodies; and
(ii) Conducting not less than thirty-five funeral services;
(7) Passes, with an average score of not less than seventy-five percent, the following examinations:
(A) The National Conference of Funeral Services examination at a testing site provided by the national conference, which passage is a condition precedent to taking the state law examination;
(B) The state law examination administered by the board, which examination must be offered at least twice each year; and
(C) Any other examination required by the board; and
(8) Has paid all the appropriate fees.
(b) A license to practice embalming issued by the board prior to July 1, 2012, shall for all purposes be considered a license issued under this section: Provided, That a person holding a license issued prior to July 1, 2012, must renew the license pursuant to the provisions of this article.