The Colorado Funeral Service Board (CFSB) is a certification program developed and administered by the Colorado Funeral Directors Association for the advancement of professionalism within the funeral service industry in Colorado.
Previously called the "Mortuary Science Commission", the CFSB was created in 1982 by the funeral service industry to promote professionalism under a voluntary system of certification, registration and the development and maintenance of standards.
Individuals who practice as Funeral Directors, Embalmers, Mortuary Science Practitioners, and Cremationists must be employed by a licensed Funeral Establishment or Crematory.
Practitioners are subject to Title Protection requirements administered through the licensed funeral home or crematory so you will be required to provide evidence of practical experience to your employer.
How to Apply for CFSB Certification
Individuals may apply for certification in four categories based on sufficient education, training and experience and must agree to maintain the standards and ethics of the CFSB.
Since the certification program is voluntary and is not mandated by the State of Colorado, the Colorado Funeral Service Board has no enforcement authority over legal or regulatory violations.
The CFSB's certification standards are equivalent or higher than the state's title protection requirements.
For more than 25 years, CFDA has actively promoted legislation that would restore licensing for funeral professionals in Colorado.
The state legislature has repeatedly voted down these measures because there are relatively few complaints by Colorado consumers about funeral service providers in the state.
In 2009, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 09-1202 that restored regulation for funeral establishments and crematories. This act created a new licensing system for funeral homes and crematories in Colorado, administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Colorado's consumer protection agency. This legislation also:
While there is still no licensing for individual funeral directors and embalmers, state laws govern funeral service practices through licensed funeral establishments and crematories.
The Colorado Funeral Service Board is a voluntary certification program developed, owned and administered by the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. The CFSB operates as a standing committee within the association.
The CFSB Board meets on a quarterly basis to review certification applications. CFSB Board representatives do not speak on behalf of the Association and do not set policy for the Association.
The following individuals represent the Colorado Funeral Service Board for 2016:
CFSB Board Representatives
|Jesse Arthurs, CMSP, Craig|
|Adam Findley, CFD-CET, Loveland
|Rayanne Mori, CMSP, Denver
|Joseph Walsh, CMSP, Aurora|
|Laura Zabel, CMSP/CFSP, Wheat Ridge|
|Deborah Lawrence, Denver
Alex Quintana, Denver
|CFDA Immediate Past President: Stacey Kleinman, CMSP, Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, Wheat Ridge|
Steffani G. Blackstock, CMP, Executive Director, CFDA