Funeral Service Education

The funeral service department has been an integral part of the Fayetteville Technical Community College campus since 1974. Students may graduate from the Funeral Directing diploma program or the Funeral Service associate degree program. Funeral directing does not include embalming while funeral service combines funeral directing and embalming.

The funeral service profession consists of caregivers that recognize that they are members of a human services profession as well as contributing and accountable stewards and protectors of the public health and sentiments of the communities where they reside.  Funeral professionals are vested with the responsibility of complying with all state, federal, and local regulations that affect their profession.  Recognizing the brief nature of human life and the unique and precious relationship that families have with their loved ones, funeral professionals are sensitive to death and end-of-life issues and are empathetic to the needs and desires of the surviving family members.  Funeral directors assist funeral consumers to design a service that is meaningful to represent the life of the deceased and to provide the bereaved with a means of participation and grief resolution.

The Funeral Service Education program has its central aim recognition of the funeral service personnel as:

  1. Members of a human services profession.
  2. Members of the community in which they serve.
  3. Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession.
  4. Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area whre they practice as well as:
  5. Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

The Objectives of the Funeral Service Program are:

  1. To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession.
  2. To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession.
  3. To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large.
  4. To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct.
  5. To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction.
  6. To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.

The NC Board of Funeral Service may refuse to issue or renew a license to an individual with a conviction of a felony or a crime involving fraud or moral turpitude.

After January 1, 2004, each accredited program of funeral service education must require that each funeral service education student take the National Board Examination (NBE) as a requirement for graduation.


The Funeral Service program at Fayetteville Technical Community College is accredited by the

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G
St. Joseph, Missouri  64506, (816) 223-3747. 
The North Carolina State Board of Funeral Service
1033 Wade Avenue
Suite 108
Raleigh, North Carolina 27605

Additional information regarding the ABFSE and the review process is available on the organization's web site or may be obtained from the organization by phone (816.233.3747) or e-mail ( A link to the standards can be found on the ABFSE website home page, ( as is a link to the survey.  

Fayetteville Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Fayetteville Technical Community College. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.