:   (CLEARINGHOUSE RULE 18-075)
A proposed order of the Funeral Directors Examining Board to repeal FD 6.02 (2) and (3); to renumber FD 2.02 (3), (4), and 4.02 (1), (3); to amend FD 1.01, 1.02 (4), 1.02 (5), 1.05, and 1.08 (note); and to create FD 1.013 (intro.), 1.015 (intro.), 1.015 (1), 1.055, 1.056, 1.075 (3), 1.075 (4), and 1.075 (5), 1.076, 1.077, and 3.015, relating to funeral director apprenticeship requirements.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Statutes interpreted: Sections 445.095 and 445.10, Stats.
Statutory authority: Sections 15.08 (5) (b) and 445.03 (2) (a), Stats.
Explanation of board authority:
Section 15.08 (5) (b), Stats. Each examining board “[s]hall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the trade or profession to which it pertains, and define and enforce professional conduct and unethical practices not inconsistent with the law relating to the particular trade or profession.
Section 445.03 (2) (a), Stats., allows the examining board to “[m]ake and enforce rules not inconsistent with this chapter establishing professional and business ethics for the profession of funeral directors and for the general conduct of the business of funeral directing, and for the examination and licensing of funeral directors and the registration of apprentices.
Related statute or rule:
Wisconsin funeral director licensing and apprenticeship requirements are found in ch. 445, Stats., the administrative code in chs. FD 1 to 4 and FD 6, and DSPS administrative code chs. SPS 1 to 9, which outlines the administrative procedures for issuing licenses.
Plain language analysis:
This rule amends the funeral director apprenticeship requirements and makes them consistent with changes provided in 2017 Wisconsin Act 304.
This rule requires an applicant for a funeral director’s license to complete a 16-hour certification class rather than completing one year of college work or equivalent education after completing the required nine months of instruction in mortuary science. The rule provides the class required instructional content and provides for a class exam as well as an exam passing standard.
This rule allows the Board to recognize two funeral director apprentices for each funeral establishment and also recognize additional funeral director apprentices as long as the funeral home employs at least one full-time licensed funeral director per funeral director apprentice.
This rule specifies that when an apprentice is in the preparation room the apprentice must be within the supervising funeral director’s line of sight.
This rule establishes that the Board must continue an apprenticeship for another four-year term after the registration or extension expires if the apprentice successfully retakes the 16-hour, Board approved, certification class.
Finally, this rule requires that apprentices applying for funeral director licensure must present affidavits from the licensed funeral directors under whom the apprentice worked to verify that the apprentice completed the practical apprenticeship work requirements.
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation:
Federal regulations do not govern requirements for funeral director apprentices.
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
Illinois: Illinois requires 30 semester hours of college credit plus Mortuary College or associate or bachelor's degree in mortuary science. Illinois has a funeral director internship which is considered a one-year apprenticeship. Interns must complete at least 24 funerals, and at least 24 preparations and embalmings. The intern must submit a report for each of the 24 funerals and each 24 body preparations. Reports are filed every three months.
Iowa: Iowa requires a student to have a minimum of 60 semester hours as indicated on the transcript from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 2.0 or "C" grade point and a course in mortuary science from a school accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. The 60 semester hours does not include any technical or vocational mortuary science courses. Iowa has a one-year funeral director internship program. Interns must perform 25 embalmings and assist in 25 funerals. Interns must report to the state at 6 months and again at 12 months.
Michigan: Applicants in Michigan for mortuary science licenses are required to have completed not less than 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours. Michigan’s program allows for a resident trainee. A resident trainee must complete a list of requirements which includes 25 embalmings. A residency is for one year and can be renewed up to two times. Reporting is required on a six-month interval.
Minnesota: Minnesota requires a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mortuary science received from an accredited school. Minnesota has an internship program. The internship can last between one and three years. A total of 25 embalmings and 25 funerals must be completed which is documented upon completion.
Summary of factual data and analytical methodologies:
This rule was developed using recommendations from the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Examining Board, technical colleges, the Funeral Service & Cremation Alliance of Wisconsin and other stakeholder groups. No other factual data or analytical methodologies were used.
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