Continuing Education Requirements
The State of Colorado does not license individual practitioners and therefore the state does not require continuing education for funeral service practitioners.
The Colorado Funeral Service Board requires six (6) contact hours per year for individuals who maintain certification as a CMSP, CFD, CET and INT.
For Sponsoring Organizations
2017 CE Approval Application Fee: $100 per program
The CFSB will accept applications to approve programs for CE credit for certified professionals with the following details:
- Name or title of the event
- Name of event sponsor and contact information
- Event date(s) and time(s)
- Event location
- Agenda that outlines the program and presentation times, breaks, etc.
- Brief description for each session that explains the general content of presentation.
- List of presenters with job title, company, credentials, experience, etc.
An approval letter will be sent to event sponsor via email after application has been reviewed. Credit will be applied based on one contact hour per 50 minutes of actual presentation time.
For live events, the event sponsor will be required to provide evidence of participation by both of the following methods:
- Provide each participant with an attendance certificate confirming participation for the duration of this program. The CFSB certificant may include
- this program(s) on their annual Continuing Education Activity Report and submit with copy of attendance certificate;
- Return a validated CFSB Continuing Education Sign-In sheet as confirmation of actual attendance at the program. Please return the sign-in sheet to the CFSB office within 30 days after the program.
For Certified ProfessionalsContinuing education credit may be earned each year through active participation in a variety of programs, such as (A) Professional Activities; (B) Academic Activity; and (C) Public Education & Service.
Credits earned after October 1, 2015 may be applied toward 2017 renewal if those credits were not applied to your last renewal. Documentation such as a certificate of attendance, letter from a public service organization, statement or transcript from academic institution, etc., must be provided as evidence for the corresponding credit.
CE evidence should only be returned with your annual certification renewal; do not send CE documentation to CFSB without your accompanying renewal notice.
Active Status: Evidence for a minimum of six (6) contact hours of continuing education credit must be provided to maintain Active Status as CMSP, CFD, CET and INT certification. A minimum of four (4) contact hours from those activities must come from Category A or Category B activities. The CE Activity Report and documentation must be included with your annual renewal to support Active Status.
If no CE evidence or insufficient documentation of continuing education is provided with annual renewal, certification may be renewed at Inactive Status.
Retired Status*: Certified funeral service professionals over the age of 65 are eligible for Retired Status and will be required to provide evidence of three (3) contact hours of continuing education earned each year.
Emeritus Status*: Certified funeral service professionals over the age of 70 are eligible for Emeritus Status and will not be required to prove continuing education credit.
Inactive Status: Inactive Status individuals are not required to provide evidence of continuing education credit to maintain certification. Return to Active status will require evidence of six (6) contact hours per year of Inactive certification, up to maximum of twelve (12) contact hours (minimum of 8 hours from Category A or B).
*If you are 65 or older and eligible for Retired or Emeritus status, please include note and your birthdate on your annual renewal notice so we can adjust your certification status.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don't have enough CE hours to renew by certification. What can I do?
CFSB certifications must be renewed and paid each year to maintain the credential, regardless of whether CE hours are reported. The CE requirement dictates whether your certification will be renewed at Active or Inactive status. Six hours are needed for Active status; no hours are needed for Inactive status.
My certification status was Inactive last year; how can I restore to Active status?
Twelve (12) hours of CE credit must be reported to change from Inactive to Active status.
I only earned 4 CE hours this year but last year earned 10; can any CE hours be carried over?
CE hours may be carried over from the previous year under the following conditions:
- Credits were earned after October 1st of the last calendar year;
- Credits were not applied to satisfy your last renewal.
I forgot to renew my certification last year; how can I reinstate?
If your certification has lapsed more than 2 years, you will need to reapply for certification under the criteria in effect at the time of new application.