Virginia Laws and Regulations for the Funeral Services Industry


An important part of a funeral service professional’s duties is to ensure that he or she is familiar with all laws and administrative regulations that apply to the licenses the professional holds. In Virginia, funeral professionals must comply with portions of Virginia funeral service law (Code Chapter 28, Title 54.1) and regulations set forth by the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers (18 VAC 65-20).

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the laws and regulations that govern the practice of licensed funeral directors who conduct business in the state of Virginia, as well as the laws that pertain to licensed funeral establishments and licensed cremation establishments.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the rules for renewal and reinstatement of funeral service licenses
  • explain the standards for embalming and preparation room requirements
  • identify the disclosure statements required by the Federal Trade Commission
  • understand the rules governing disposal of waste materials and the disposition of cremains
  • recognize the rules governing the registration of surface transportation and removal services
  • identify the laws governing preneed contracts, including trust fund requirements
  • describe the reasons why disciplinary action may be taken against licensees

Designed For

VA funeral professionals at all stages in their careers


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