State of Kansas Board of Mortuary Arts

APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Last Updated: April 8, 2014


Notes on the crematory operator continuing education credit requirements:

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 6 hour course marked as eligible for crematory operator credit (highlighted yellow), 2 hours will count towards your crematory operator CE requirement and 4 hours will count towards your funeral director/embalmer CE requirement. If you are a Funeral Director, Embalmer and Crematory Operator you will owe 12 hours of FD/Emb continuing education credits and 2 hours of CO continuing education credits, for a total of 14 hours every renewal period.

The following programs have been approved for continuing education credit for Embalmers, Funeral Directors and Crematory Operators (see yellow highlights) by the Mortuary Arts Board.

ADDED 3/1/2014
Dates:  April 8-11, 2014
Program:  ICCFA Annual Convention and Exposition
Sponsor:  International Cemetery and Funeral Association

Location:  Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
16.5 hours approved--but please note that there are 26 other programs NOT approved for Kansas licensees!  The following is a list of programs approved/denied credit for Kansas licensees.
To Register:  Contact, Meetings Department, ICCFA, 107 Carpenter Dr., Suite 100, Sterling, VA 20164

ADDED 3/22/2014
Date:  April 8, 2014
Program:  "The Value of a Funeral"
Hours:  A possible total of seven (7) hours available for Kansas embalmers and funeral directors
Location:  Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
To Register:  Ms. Erica Heuer, MKJ Marketing, 1501 Belcher Road S. Bldg B, Largo, Florida 33771, phone:  1-888-655-1566, web site: http://www.mkjmarketing.com/

ADDED 2/23/2014
Date:  April 10, 2014      Time:  1:00-2:00 p.m., CT
Webinar
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  " Redesigning Customer Service for Outstanding Results"
Hours Approved:  1 hour
To register contact NFDA at (800) 228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

UPDATED 2/22/2014
Date: April 10, 2014        Time: 2-4:30 pm Eastern Time Zone
Webcast Seminar
Sponsor:  Hospice Foundation of America
Event: Living with Grief: Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss (webcast) sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America
Hours Approved: 3 hours
To register contact Hospice Foundation of America at (800) 854-3402 or online

UPDATED 3/22/2014
Sponsor and to Register:  InSight Institute, Gloria Stansbury, Dean, PO Box 73123, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123, telephone: (405) 810-9501, email, and web site
Program:  "Certified Funeral Celebrants"
Six (6) hours approved for Kansas licensed embalmers and funeral directors
Dates/Locations (contact In-Sight for exact locations:)
April 14-16, Oklahoma City, OK
April 25-27, Oklahoma City, OK
May 17-19, Minneapolis, MN
May 26-28, Oklahoma City, OK
June 9-11, Oklahoma City, OK
June 20-22, Vancouver, BC, Canada
July 18-23, Memphis, TN
August 18-20, Oklahoma City, OK
September 15-17, Oklahoma City, OK
September 28-30, Atlantic City, NJ
October 6-8, Oklahoma City, OK

ADDED 4/8/2014
Program:  AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED Training
Dates:  Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and repeated again on Thursday, April 17, 2014
Two (2) hours per date (can only receive two hours credit total)
Location:  Amos Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66203-2829, (913) 631-5566
To register, contact:  Jeff Kilgore at the funeral home

ADDED 3-31-2014
April 22, 2014, 4:00--9:00 p.m.
(check-in @ 3:30 p.m.)
Program:  "The Funeral Director and the Donor"
Location:  Iowa Western Community College Campus, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Credit:  four (4) hours for Kansas licensed embalmers and funeral directors
Sponsor and to Register:  Iowa Western Community College, Julie Brown, phone:  (712) 325-3344, fax: (712) 325-3729, web page:  IWCC.edu, email: jbrown@iwcc.ed

ADDED 3/22/2014
Date:  April 24, 2014
Webinar/Teleconference
Time:  12 noon--1:00 p.m., CST
Program:  "Grow, Engage and Convert Your Audience on Facebook"
Sponsor:  International Order of the Golden Rule
One (1) hour
To Register:  Ms. Jessica A. Smith, 1-800-637-8030, email: jsmith@ogr.org, web site:  ttp://www.ogr.org

ADDED 2/23/2014
Date:  April 24, 2014      Time:  1:00-2:00 p.m., CT
Webinar
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  " Keep an Open Mind on the Greening of Funerals and Your Firm"
Hours Approved:  1 hour
To register contact NFDA at (800) 228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

UPDATED 3/23/2014
Date:  April 26-30, 2014
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc. (NFD & A)
Program:  Annual House of Representatives Meeting
Eight (8) hours approved
Location:  The Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida
To Register:  NFD & MA, Inc., 6290 Shannon Parkway, Union City, Georgia 30291, phone:  (770) 969-0064

UPDATED 4/7/2014
Date:  April 26-27, 2014
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  "2014 NFDA Professional Women's Conference"
Location:  JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia
Hours Approved:  seven (7) hours with two (2) of those nine (9) hours also approved for Kansas licensed crematory operators ("Four P's of Cremation")
Hours Denied:  "Taking Control of Your Financial Future" and "The Basics of HR: How to Properly Hire, Manage and Terminate Employees without Breaking the Law"
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

ADDED 3-31-2014
April 29, 2014, 4:00--9:00 p.m. (check-in @ 3:30 p.m.)
Program:  "Suitability of Product Selection"
Location:  Iowa Western Community College Campus, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Credit:  four (4) hours for Kansas licensed embalmers and funeral directors
Sponsor and to Register:  Iowa Western Community College, Julie Brown, phone:  (712) 325-3344, fax: (712) 325-3729, web page:  IWCC.edu, email:
jbrown@iwcc.ed

ADDED 2/23/2014
Date:  April 30-May 2, 2014
Sponsor: Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Program:  2014 Spring Management Summit
Location:  St. Charles, Missouri
Eight (8) hours approved
To Register:  (847) 236-9401, Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Attention:  Amy Hunt/Stefanie Favia, 500 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 205, Deerfield, IL 60015

ADDED 4/3/2014
Date:  May 5-7, 2014
Sponsor: Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA)
Program:  2014 Annual Convention
Location:  Wichita Marriott, Wichita, Kansas
Seventeen (17) hours available, including 1.5 hours for Crematory Operators
Please note there is a Maximum of one (1) hour for exhibits and 1.5 hours for the Kansas VRV Web Death Filing program
To Register: Kansas Funeral Directors Association, Debbie Viergever, 1200 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66612-1375, phone: (785) 232-7789, fax: (785) 232-7791, email, web site


ADDED 4/3/2014
Date:  May 8-10, 2014
Event:  2014 NFDA Asia Funeral Expo
Location:  Macau, Japan
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Hours Approved:  three (3) hours available
To register contact NFDA at (800) 228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005
UPDATED 2/22/2014
Date: May 13, 2014
Sponsor:  International Order of the Golden Rule
Event: Regional Workshop-A Lifeline for Funerals: Attracting Families that are Slipping Away sponsored by International Order of the Golden Rule
Hours Approved: 4 hours
To register contact OGR at (512) 334-5514 or online

May 13, 2014- Baker Hotel, St. Charles, IL

ADDED 3/23/2014
Date:  May 2-3, 2014 in Wheeling, Illinois, and
Date:  July 10-11, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  "One Day Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) Certification Programs"
Hours Approved:  6 hours
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

ADDED 3/23/2014
Date:  May 6-8, 2014
Sponsor:  Nebraska Funeral Directors Association (NeFDA)
Event:  "2014 NeFDA Annual Convention"
Location:  Younes Conference Center, Kearney, Nebraska
Hours Approved:  13.5 hours available for Kansas licensed embalmers and funeral directors (no hours approved for Kansas licensees for the State Exam Review program)
To register , please contact the NeFDA Conference, 521 First Street, PO Box 10, Milford, NE 68405, telephone:  (402) 761-2217, email: staff@nefda.org, website:  www.nefda.org

ADDED 3/26/2014
Date: May 8, 2014, 1-3:00 p.m. CT
Live Teleconference
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  "Annual All-Star Funeral Rule Training with the FTC Funeral Rule Coordinator"
Hours Approved:  two (2) hours
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

ADDED 3/26/2014
Date: June 5, 2014, 1-2:00 p.m. CT
Live Webinar
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  "Cremation Liability Protection for Funeral Homes"
Hours Approved:  one (1) hour (also approved for Crematory Operators)
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

ADDED 3/26/2014
Date: June 19, 2014, 1-2:00 p.m. CT
Live Webinar
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event: "Focus on Preneed:  Spend Downs, Contracts and Consumer Protection"
Hours Approved:  one (1) hour
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

ADDED APRIL 7, 2014
Date:  Friday, June 20, 2014
Location:  Holiday Inn & Suites, Rosemont, Illinois
Sponsor:  American Society of Embalmers (ASE)
Event:  10th Annual Convention
Hours Approved:  seven (7) hours
To register contact:  Ms. Melissa Johnson Williams, CFSP, Executive Director, PO Box 685, Forest Park, IL 60130, webpage: www.amsocembalmers.org , email

ADDED 3/22/2014
Date:  June 26, 2014
Webinar/Teleconference
Time:  12 noon--1:00 p.m., CST
Program:  "Financial Forecast:  Where's Your Business Headed?"
Sponsor:  International Order of the Golden Rule
One (1) hour
To Register:  Ms. Jessica A. Smith, 1-800-637-8030, email: jsmith@ogr.org, web site:  ttp://www.ogr.org

ADDED 3/26/2014
Date: August 21-22, 2014 in Ashland, Virginia
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  "NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) Seminar"
Hours Approved:  6 hours
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

ADDED 3/22/2014
Date:  August 28, 2014
Webinar/Teleconference
Time:  12 noon--1:00 p.m., CST
Program:  "Health Fair for Death Care: Reaching Your Community One Event at a Time"
Sponsor:  International Order of the Golden Rule
One (1) hour
To Register:  Ms. Jessica A. Smith, 1-800-637-8030, email: jsmith@ogr.org, web site:  ttp://www.ogr.org

ADDED 4/8/2014
Date: October 11-12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at Music City
Sponsor:  National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event:  "2014 NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) Program"
Hours Approved:  6 hours
To register contact NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or online or write the NFDA, 13625 Bishop's Dr., Brookfield, WI 53005

Ongoing Programs (Please check with sponsors for availability):
The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, Texas has been approved for continuing education for Kansas licensees and offers the following programs.  These programs are ongoing Monday - Friday via video at the Dallas Institute, Dallas, Texas. They are  available from 8:00 A.M. to 4: 00 P.M. T register contact:  Charlie Fulton, The Dallas Institute, 1-800-235-5444

 
These programs have been approved for two (2) hours each:
 
"Improving Your Communication Skills"
"Preparation of the Organ Donation Case"
"The Right Approach to the Difficult Case"
"The Importance of Ethics in Funeral Service"
"Preparation of the Infant Case"

These programs have been approved for three (3) hours each:
"Improving Technical Skills as it Applies to Caring for the Dead" Part 1
"Improving Technical Skills as it Applies to Caring for the Dead" Part 2

These programs have been approved for three and one-half ( 3 1/2) hours each:
"The Funeral Professionals Role in a Mass Fatality"
"Personalizing Funeral Service and the Challenge That Presents"

"History of Funeral Service Tour" - at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas has been approved for one (1) hour of continuing education credit for Kansas licensees. For more information contact: The National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, Texas 77090 or call 1 (281) 876-3063.
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. No credit is given for repetitious presentations. All of theses 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!

Renewals not postmarked by their due dates are subject to late penalties and reinstatement fees. We mail them to you at least 45 days prior to the due date, and we also send a reminder notice to you two weeks prior to the due date. Please get them back to us on time. We don't like to charge late fees, and I'm sure you don't like to pay them! Late Embalmer and Funeral Director renewals involve double fees, while a late Assistant Funeral Director renewal requires a new application fee of $150 in addition to an appropriate pro-rated renewal.

It is your responsibility to notify the board if your address changes. Failure to do so could result in mailings not reaching you and could possibly lead to your renewal going unpaid and eventually dropped. Renewals not paid within six (6) months of their due date are automatically dropped! Reinstatement requires that you meet all current requirements, pay a reinstatement fee in addition to all unpaid back fees and submit all back continuing education hours within one year of returning to active status.



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