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This chapter sets forth specific criteria which an apprentice shall meet before becoming a licensed mortician or funeral director in Maryland.

10.29.09.01 Scope

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An individual licensed by the Board who assists and is employed at the same licensed Maryland establishment as the sponsor of the apprentice, and is under the direct supervision of a licensed Maryland mortician or funeral director.

Apprentice

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A mortician or funeral director who:

  • Has completed at least 20 services or embalmings;
  • Has been practicing mortuary science as a licensed mortician or funeral director in Maryland at least 1 year immediately beore accepting the apprentice;
  • Manages, owns, or is employed in one or more licensed funeral establishments in Maryland; and
  • May be employed by the sponsor or delegated by the sponsor to provide instruction to the sponsor's apprentice.

Apprentice Sponsor

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The State board of Morticians and Funeral Directors

Board

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A ritual conducted at the graveside or crematory following a funeral held at a location other than a cemetery or crematory.

Committal Services

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Any program or rituals conducted at the cemetery or crematory on behalf of a decedent instead of one conducted at a funeral home or place of worship.

Graveside Services

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An apprentice who is licensed by the Board to assist a licensed mortician or funeral director in the practice of mortuary science.

Licensed Apprentice

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A funeral director who is licensed by the Board to practice all aspects of mortuary science except embalming.

Licensed Funeral Director

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A mortician who is licensed by the Board to practice mortuary science.

Licensed Mortician

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To meet the apprentice requirements set forth in Health Occupations Article 7-306, Annotated Code of Maryland, an applicant for a mortician's or funeral director's license shall be employed in the same Maryland establishment as the applicant's sponsor and serve under the direct supervision of the applicant's sponsor.

10.29.09.03 Requirements of Apprenticeship- Funeral Service Arrangement

A.

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Applicants shall meet the educational requirements set forth in Health Occupations Article 7-306, Annotated Code of Maryland, provided that the required two-thirds of the academic credits include successful completion of:

  1. Embalming theory;
  2. The embalming practical experience; and
  3. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) course.

10.29.09.03 Requirements of Apprenticeship- Funeral Service Arrangement

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Applicants shall obtain practical experience in funeral service arrangements consisting of:

  1. Assisting the mortician or funeral director in:
    1. Preparing a car list;
    2. Seating arrangements;
    3. Counseling the family; and
    4. The use and care of physical equipment;
  2. Handling floral pieces, including:
    1. Receipt and proper arrangement;
    2. The proper listing of senders and kinds of flowers; and
    3. The proper care of floral pieces at the cemetery;
  3. Securing necessary certificates from physicians and medical examiners, and records incident to disposition;
  4. Removing the deceased to the funeral establishment;
  5. Making clothing arrangements;
  6. Assisting in the selection of the following:
    1. Casket
    2. Outer burial container; or
    3. Urn
  7. Assisting in the arrangement of the interment;
  8. Arranging the military or fraternal organization services; and
  9. Assisting in the arrangement of a cremation, including filling out and securing proper signatures on the:
    1. Authorization for Cremation form; and
    2. Identification form.

10.29.09.03 Requirements of Apprenticeship- Funeral Service Arrangement

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  1. Certified transcripts of completion of educational requirements as set forth in Health Occupations Aticle 7-306, Annotated Code of Maryland;
  2. On the mortician application form provided by the Board, evidence of participation in:
    1. 20 embalming assists with corresponding copies of the filed death certificates for the embalmed human remains; and
    2. 20 funeral assists with a corresponding published notice of the service for each of the 20 decedents;
  3. A notarized statement signed by the apprentice and the apprentice sponsor verifying the completion of 1,000 hours worked under the direct supervision of the apprentice sponsor; and
  4. Embalming reports signed by the apprentice and apprentice sponsor to document the apprentice's participation in 20 embalmings.

10.29.09.04 Documentation

A. An apprentice shall submit documentation to the Board of completion of the following requirements to be considered for a mortician's license:

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  1. Certified transcripts of completion of educational requirements as set forth in Health Occupations Article 7-306, Annotated Code of Maryland;
  2. On the funeral director application form provided by the Board, evidence of participation in 20 funeral assists; and
  3. A notarized statement signed by the apprentice and the apprentice sponsor verifying the completion of 1,000 hours worked under the direct supervision of the apprentice sponsor.

10.29.09.04 Documentation

B. An apprentice shall submit documentation to the Board of completion of the following requirements to be considered for a funeral director's license:

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  1. Theoretical and practical aspects of the following:
    1. Anatomy
    2. Sanitation
    3. Disinfection; and
    4. Embalming
  2. Methods for the care and preparation of dead human bodies for final disposition; and
  3. The laws and regulations on infectious diseases.

10.29.09.05 Embalming Requirements for Mortuary Science Apprenticeship

A. Applicants for an apprenticeship who are studying to be a mortician shall obtain experience in the embalming of dead human bodies which include training in:

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An apprentice shall submit documentation signed by the sponsor on the form required by the Board of the apprentice's participation of at least 20 embalmings.

10.29.09.05 Embalming Requirements for Mortuary Science Apprenticeship

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If the apprentice sponsor has more than one apprentice, unless otherwise approved by the Board, only one apprentice may receive credit on the same body if more than one apprentice assisted the apprentice sponsor.

10.29.09.05 Embalming Requirements for Mortuary Science Apprenticeship

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Applicants for an apprenticeship who are studying to be funeral directors are exempt from the practical aspects of embalming.

10.29.09.05 Embalming Requirements for Mortuary Science Apprenticeship

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The apprentice and the apprentice sponsor shall appear before the Board and receive the Board's approval if the apprenticeship before the apprenticeship commences.

10.29.09.06 Commencement of Apprenticeship

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The apprentice and the apprentice sponsor shall sign an agreement with the Board to adhere to the conditions and requirements of apprenticeship before the apprenticeship commences.

10.29.09.06 Commencement of Apprenticeship

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The apprentice sponsor shall submit proof of completion of 20 embalmings or services.

10.29.09.06 Commencement of Apprenticeship

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  1. Name of each decedent for whom a funeral arrangement was conducted in which the apprentice assisted;
  2. Date of each assisted funeral arrangement;
  3. Name of each decedent for whom an embalming was conducted in which the apprentice who is studying to be a mortician assisted; and
  4. Date of each assisted embalming.

10.29.09.07 Termination of Apprenticeship

A. The sponsor and the apprentice shall submit a notarized statement indicating the:

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In order for an apprentice to receive credit for the required funeral assists and embalmings, the apprentice shall submit a notarized statement to the Board which reflects the number of assisted funeral arrangements and assisted embalmings completed within 30 days of termination of the apprenticeship to the Board.

10.29.09.07 Termination of Apprenticeship

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In order for the apprentice studying to be a funeral director to receive credit for the required funeral assists, the apprentice shall submit a notarized statement to the Board which reflects the number of assisted funeral arrangements completed within 30 days of termination of the apprenticeship.

10.29.09.07 Termination of Apprenticeship

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Documentation by the apprentice and apprentice sponsor shall be independently submitted to the Board within 30 days of the date of termination of the apprentice sponsor and apprentice relationship as noted in Health Occupations Article 7-306(c)(4), Annotated Code of Maryland.

10.29.09.07 Termination of Apprenticeship

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The Board shall maintain the documentation of apprenticeship requirements for 3 years after the date of termination as noted in B of this regulation and apply the apprenticeship requirements to the individual seeking a mortician's license.

10.29.09.07 Termination of Apprenticeship

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After 3 years from the date of submission of the documentation by the apprentice to the Board, the Board may not apply credit for the apprenticeship unless an individual petitions the Board to do so citing unusual circumstances which the Board may decide on a case-by-case basis.

10.29.09.07 Termination of Apprenticeship

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All licensed apprentices shall become competent in the knowledge of Maryland and federal laws and regulations as they apply to the funeral profession.

10.29.09.08 Laws and Regulations

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A mortician or funeral director who is licensed by another state and who is in good standing with teh state of licensure may apply in writing to the Board for a waiver of the examination and apprenticeship requirements under Health Occupations Article 7-303, Annotated Code of Maryland.

10.29.09.09 Waiver of Apprenticeship Requirements

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  1. Is a licensed mortician, funeral director, or other equivalent health care occupation in good standing and has practices continuously in the state of licensure as a mortician for at least 5 years preceding the waiver request;
  2. Serves an apprenticeship consisting of at least 1,000 hours in Maryland and documents that apprenticeship to the Board, or has served an apprenticeship of at least 1,000 hours in the applicant's state of initial licensure;
  3. Passes the Maryland law portion of the written examination administered by the Board; and
  4. Pays the fees required as specified in COMAR 10.29.04

10.29.09.09 Waiver of Apprenticeship Requirements

B. The Board may issue a mortician or funeral director license to an applicant who is licensed to practice mortuary science or funeral direction in any other state if the applicant: