State of Kansas Board of Mortuary Arts

APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Last Updated: January 26, 2015


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 six (6) hour course marked as eligible for crematory operator credit (highlighted yellow), 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.


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 12/9/2014
Date:  January 27, 2015
Location: Salina Ambassador Hotel, Salina, KS
Sponsor:   Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA)

Event: "KFDA Embalming Seminar"

Hours approved: 4 hours

To register contact: phone KFDA : 785-232-7789 or write KFDA, PO Box 1904, Topeka, KS  66601

ADDED 12/8/2014
Date:  January 31, 2015
Location: San Antonio College Campus, 1300 San Pedro Ave; San Antonio, TX
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or go to  www.nfda.org

ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  February 2, 2015
Location:  Columbia Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332


ADDED 12/4/2014
Date:  February 3, 2015
Location:  Las Vegas, NV
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA)

Event: "Crematory Operations Certification Program"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   phone: 312-245-1077; fax: 312-321-4098; email: nanette@cremationassociation.org ; webpage: http://www.cremationassociation.org

ADDED 12/9/2014 updated 1/16/2015
Date:  February 4-5, 2015
Location:  Las Vegas, NV
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA) &
National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Event: "2015 CANA & NFDA Cremation Symposium: Going Beyond the Box"
Hours approved: nine and one quarter (7.75) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators
NOTE: the workshops: "Hiring for Greatness" and "The Power of Email Marketing, Google Benefits to Yuor Business...and More" are not approved for CE hours
To register contact: NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332 

ADDED 1/15/2015
Date:  February 8-9, 2015
Location: Holiday Inn, Atlanta, Georgia
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc.

Event:
2015 - 40 & Under Funeral Directors Enrichment & Leadership Summit
Hours approved: two (2) hours

To register contact: NFD&MA at (770) 969-0064


ADDED 11/25/2014
Date:  February 8-10, 2015
Location: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay, Downtown San Diego, CA
Sponsor: 
Dodge Institute for Advanced Mortuary Studies
Event:  Dodge Sunshine Seminar: "Embalming- The Challenges & The Rewards"
Hours approved: nine (9) hours
To register: online : https://shop.dodgeco.com/seminars.aspx

ADDED 1/9/2015
Date:  February 10-11, 2015
Location: Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Ave. Overland Park, KS
Sponsor: Whitaker Funeral Support Services, LLC and Overland Park Chapel 

Event: "Funeral Director and Embalmer Training Seminar"

Hours approved: twelve (12) hours

To register contact  Pat Traffas: phone:913-648-6224; fax: 913-708-8044; email: ptraffas@opchapel.com


ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  February 19, 2015
Webinar at 12:00- 1:00 PM CST
Sponsor:   International Order of the Golden Rule

Topic:  "Making Aftercare Work for You: Strategic Steps to a More Successful Program"

Hours approved: 1 hour

To register contact: Jessica A. Smith phone: 512-334-5504; fax: 512-334-5514; email: jsmith@ogr.org or online: http://www.ogr.org/webinars 

ADDED 1/23/2015
Date:  February 23-25, 2015
Location: Westin Riverfront, Beaver Creek, CO
Sponsor:    MKJ Marketing

Event:
Stategies for a Declining Industry
Hours approved: nine (9) hours

To register contact: call Erica Heuer @ 1-888-655-1566 or write: 1501 Belcher Road S, Bldg. B, Largo, FL. 33771


ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  February 26, 2015
Webinar at 1 PM-2:30 PM CST
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Topic:  "Can Your Funeral Home Pass OSHA Scrutiny this Year? 2015 OSHA Update"

Hours approved: 1.5 hours

To register contact:   NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332; fax: 262-789-6977; online:  www.nfda.org/webinars

ADDED 1/26/2015
Date:  March 3-5, 2015
Location : Mayflower Renaissance, Washington, D.C.
Event: NFDA Advocacy Summit
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Topics: "How We Help Veterans"; "Mass Fatality in a High Threat Environment; "Mass Fatality Panel"

Hours approved: three (3) hours

To register contact:   NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332


ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  March 6, 2015
Location:  Community College of Baltimore County, Cantonsville, MD
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332

ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  March 11, 2015
Location:  Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332


ADDED 1/20/2015
Date:  March 12, 2015
Webinar at 1 PM-2 PM CST
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Topic:  "Diversity Awareness: Exploring The Positive Nature of Workplace Diversity"

Hours approved: 1 hour

To register contact:   NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332; online: www.nfda.org/webinars


ADDED 12/4/2014
Date:  March 13, 2015
Location:  Wheeling, IL
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA)

Event: "Crematory Operations Certification Program"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   phone: 312-245-1077; fax: 312-321-4098; email: nanette@cremationassociation.org ; webpage: http://www.cremationassociation.org

ADDED 1/26/2015
Date:  March 17-19, 2015
Location : Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Event: Interactive Seminar: NFDA "Meet the Mentors Program"
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Hours approved: six (6) hours

To register contact:   NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332


ADDED 12/4/2014
Date:  March 19, 2015
Location:  Fairfax, WV
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA)

Event: "Crematory Operations Certification Program"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   phone: 312-245-1077; fax: 312-321-4098; email: nanette@cremationassociation.org ; webpage: http://www.cremationassociation.org

ADDED 1/22/2015
Date:  March 19, 2015
Location:  Wages & Sons- Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, GA
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332; online:  www.nfda.org/cco ; fax: 262-789-6977

ADDED 1/22/2015
Date:  March 26, 2015
Webinar : 1PM-2PM CST
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Topic:  "Effective Community Outreach on a Budget"

Hours approved: 1 hour

To register contact:   NFDA Member Service Representative at 1-800-228-6332; fax: 262-789-6977; online:  www.nfda.org/webinars



ADDED 12/4/2014
Date:  April 16, 2015
Location:  Little Rock, AR
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA)

Event: "Crematory Operations Certification Program"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   phone: 312-245-1077; fax: 312-321-4098; email: nanette@cremationassociation.org ; webpage: http://www.cremationassociation.org

ADDED 9/22/2014
Date:  Begins April 22, 2015 through April 22, 2016
Location:   Webinar and/or DVD, as well as on-site group viewings nationwide
Sponsor:  
Hospice Foundation of America
Program:    "The Longest Loss: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia"
Hours approved: 3 hours

To register contact: Kristen Nanjundaram by phone: 202-457-5811, ext. 1005; by email: educate@hospicefoundation.org

ADDED 1/22/2015
Date:  April 24, 2015
Location:  Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science , Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332; online:  www.nfda.org/cco ; fax: 262-789-6977

ADDED 1/22/2015
Date:  April 29, 2015
Location:  Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, CO
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332; online:  www.nfda.org/cco ; fax: 262-789-6977


ADDED 1/5/2015
Date:  April 29-May 1, 2015
Location: Denver, CO
Sponsor:   Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Event: "
Selected Independent Funeral Homes 2015 Spring Management Summit"
Hours approved: 7.5 hours

To register contact: Amy Hunt or Stefanie Favia by phone at 847-236-9401;
or write: Selected Ind. Funeral Homes, ATTN: Amy Hunt/Stefanie Favia, 500 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 205, Deerfield, IL 60015


ADDED 12/4/2014
Date:  May 1, 2015
Location:  Providence, RI
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA)

Event: "Crematory Operations Certification Program"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   phone: 312-245-1077; fax: 312-321-4098; email: nanette@cremationassociation.org ; webpage: http://www.cremationassociation.org

ADDED 12/17/2014
Date:  June 15, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay, WI;  hosted by Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or go to  www.nfda.org

ADDED 12/17/2014
Date:  June 17, 2015
Location: Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA; hosted by Virginia Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332 or go to  www.nfda.org


ADDED 11/20/2014
Date:  June 25, 2015
Location:  Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette, 501 Main St., Peoria Illinois
Sponsor:   National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

Event:    "NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program Seminar"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   NFDA Representative at 1-800-228-6332

ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  July 9, 2015
Webinar at 12:00- 1:00 PM CST
Sponsor:   International Order of the Golden Rule

Topic:  "Customization-Unlimited Choices for Families"

Hours approved: 1 hour

To register contact: Jessica A. Smith phone: 512-334-5504; fax: 512-334-5514; email: jsmith@ogr.org or online: http://www.ogr.org/webinars 


ADDED 12/4/2014
Date:  July 29, 2015
Location:  San Diego, CA
Sponsor:   Cremation Association of North America (CANA)

Event: "Crematory Operations Certification Program"
Hours approved: six (6) hours for licensed embalmers, funeral directors and crematory operators

To register contact:   phone: 312-245-1077; fax: 312-321-4098; email: nanette@cremationassociation.org ; webpage: http://www.cremationassociation.org

ADDED 12/30/2014
Date:  September 24, 2015
Webinar at 12:00- 1:00 PM CST
Sponsor:   International Order of the Golden Rule

Topic:  "Beyond the Basics of Facebook Advertising- All You Need to Know to Reach Your Families"

Hours approved: 1 hour

To register contact: Jessica A. Smith phone: 512-334-5504; fax: 512-334-5514; email: jsmith@ogr.org or online: http://www.ogr.org/webinars


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. To 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 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!

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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