STAKEHOLDER MEETING - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2017
TFSC held a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss changes to the following rules on Friday, February 10th. The links below show the updated draft rules for discussion.
- Continuing education – 22 Tex. Admin. Code. Chp 203.8 proposal - 2nd Draft
- Display of license – 22 Tex. Admin. Code. Chp 203.24 proposal - 2nd Draft
- Score needed to Pass NBE/SBE/MLE – 22 Tex. Admin. Code. Chp. 203.5 proposal - NOTE: This proposal will be tabled while the Commission explores all options for developing and administering an exam to measure competency.
- Digital copies of Facts about Funerals – 22 Tex. Admin. Code. Chp 203.26 proposal - 2nd Draft
Please feel free to share your thoughts and/or concerns via email to the Executive Director.
MORTUARY LAW EXAM
Each individual who takes the online Mortuary Law Exam must accept the Legal Attestation under penalties of law and Commission action. If evidence is presented of cheating, Commission action could include the loss of a license or the refusal to issue a license.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMINING BOARDS EXAMINATION CHANGES
The Conference Board of Directors met on September 19, 2016 and approved updates to the examination program. Beginning January 1, 2017, the fee for the SBE Arts and Sciences will be $250 for each section. Additionally, the Board voted to allow candidates to submit an official transcript in addition to the faculty submitting the “Verification of Graduation” form as a means of eligibility to sit for the National Board Exam (NBE). More on these changes can be found at https://theconferenceonline.org/press-release-examination-program-updates/
REACHING TFSC STAFF
When a person calls the main line he/she will hear a recorded message which states "You have reached TFSC, please wait while I transfer your call." At that point the call is transferred to licensing staff. The agency has three people responsible for answering the phone. If those three people are on the phone or away from their desks, the call then transfers to the agency voice mail.
A person can also send an email to any of TFSC staff. All direct lines and email addresses are on the Staff Contacts page.
The TFSC does not staff the online renewal center and online helpdesk. The HPC help-desk states it can take multiple days to respond to a help ticket, especially near the end of the month. The help-desk only responds to emailed help requests. As of September, TFSC licensing staff is able to help with resetting passwords or emails for the online renewal system. Contact Nikki Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The TFSC meets quarterly - usually on the second Tuesday of every third month (March, June, September, December). Meetings are held in Austin, Texas, at the Hobby Building. Once posted, TFSC meeting agendas may be found by clicking on the following website: Texas Secretary of State Open Meetings. Type in Texas Funeral Service Commission in the “Agency Name” field and hit “Find.”
The next Commission meeting will be held on March 21, 2017, in Room 2-225 of the William P. Hobby Building in Austin, Texas.
Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows (subject to change):
- June 20, 2017
- September 12, 2017
- December 12, 2017
TFSC FEE SCHEDULE
ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY AND SANCTION SCHEDULE
The TFSC has no job openings at this time.