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Colorado Funeral Service Board

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.

In a state that does not license practitioners, CFSB Certification is an important distinction and credential that identifies individuals who have committed to a professional career in funeral service. Applications are reviewed by a board of peers to consider qualifications, professional education, on-the-job training, supervised internship, and satisfactory completion of defined skills.  

Individuals must apply for certification and provide evidence of formal education,training, internship, and complete a defined skill set to be considered for CFSB certification. 
    • Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner (CMSP)
    • Certified Funeral Director (CFD)
    • Certified Embalming Technician (CET)
    • Certified Intern/Trainee (INT)
To hold CFSB certification, applicants must adhere to CFDA's code of ethics and commit to upholding the integrity and respect of the funeral service profession through formal education, supervised training and internship, ongoing professional development, community involvement.

Once approved, continuing education credit is required and certification must be renewed each calendar year to remain in good standing with the Colorado Funeral Service Board. 

Although CFSB's standards are comparable to other states' licensing requirements, CFSB's certification program is not administered by a regulatory agency.

Certified Professionals for calendar year 2018


  • Recognition of an individual who has demonstrated through a standardized assessment that they meet defined qualifications within a profession.
  • May be issued by a public or private agency.
  • Presumes that working the field is a right. Certification may be withdrawn at any time by the issuing agency, but does not prevent practice.
  • Preserves and enhances the power of the individual consumer to decide upon the practitioner of his choice. 
  • The purpose is mainly to inform and educate the public about individuals who have successfully completed the certification process.


  • The purpose is to restrict entry and strictly control practice within a profession or activity.
  • A mandatory permission to practice for a limited period of time.
  • Enforced by governmental agency.
  • Presumes that working in the particular field of activity is a privilege. 
  • The privilege is given and may be withdrawn at any time by the issuing agency. 
  • Increases the power of government and reduces the power of the individual consumer.

The State of Colorado requires an annual registration for all Funeral Establishments and Crematories.

  • There is NO state license for funeral service practitioners in Colorado. 
  • There is NO state-mandated board in Colorado in which to transfer a license from another state.

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.

  • Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner (CMSP)
  • Certified Funeral Director (CFD)
  • Certified Embalming Technician (CET)
  • Certified Intern/Trainee (INT)

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.

Colorado Laws & Regulations

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:

  • Requires that all funeral establishments and crematories register annually with DORA and provide information about name(s) of the business(es), ownership, location(s), and type of services provided.
  • Creates regulations that specifically address cremation which are not found in other Colorado statutes.
  • Requires that all establishments and crematories comply with basic Standards of Practice for embalming, cremating and transporting. 
  • Institutes "title protection" for the positions of "Funeral Director", "Embalmer", "Mortuary Science Practitioner", and "Cremationist", to ensure consumers that their funeral service provider has basic education and training requirements.
  • Provides an agency responsible for the oversight of registrations, to receive and investigate complaints, and to administer disciplinary measures for violation of state laws.

While there is still no licensing for individual funeral directors and embalmers, state laws govern funeral service practices through licensed funeral establishments and crematories.

CFSB Board Representatives

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

Citizens Representatives

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

Colorado Funeral Directors Association,  P O Box 631664, Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1664 U.S.A. 

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