The purpose of the National Board Examination (NBE) is
to provide official licensing agencies with a national
evaluation of an applicant for licensure in the diverse
areas of competency required for the field of funeral service.
The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining
Boards develops, administers and provides score reporting
services to the state licensure boards.
The NBE is used in all 50 states and the
District of Columbia as an assessment of content knowledge
needed to practice as a licensed Funeral Director or Embalmer.
The exam contains two separate sections, a 170-item Arts
section and a 170-item Sciences section. Each of these
examinations covers the following topics.
As of September 1, 2012
|NBE Arts Section
|Funeral Service Marketing/Merchandising
|Funeral Service Counseling
|Cemetery & Crematory Operations
|NBE Science Section
|Preparation for Disposition
|Funeral Service Sciences
BASIS FOR NBE CONTENT
The NBE is one of the elements used by regulatory boards in making licensing decisions. The examination itself was developed from a task analysis performed in 2011 utilizing a diverse group of practitioners from across the nation. A task analysis is performed by The Conference every 5-7 years. This "task inventory" is used to determine the significance/importance of the various activities performed by current practitioners. From the analysis of data, a new content outline was developed. This job analysis produces a practioner-oriented outline, which is the basis for an examination possessing substantial content validity. The examination is highly representative of the content/knowledge domain that it intends to measure.
This content validity
approach (domain sampling and expert review of the questions
by practicing professionals and educators) resulting from
the job analysis conducted by The Conference
is recommended by the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection
Procedures and the Standards for Educational and Psychological
The results of these surveys shape not only the actual questions that appear on the examinations, but the very need for a particular examination within a specific scope of practice. The examinations are carefully developed and maintained by The Conference and its Examination Committee.
Examination policy is established by the elected Board
of Directors and the National Board Examination Committee. The National Board Examination
is reported on and discussed with the total membership
at each annual meeting.
Please contact The Conference at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479.442.7076 for