How to Apply to become a Certified Memorialist

The first step to becoming a Certified Memorialist® is to complete the CM Application, which includes the initial participation activity form, and return it to MBNA Headquarters along with a signed Code of Good Practice form and a $250 USD processing and examination fee ($450 for non-members) at least 30 days prior to intended examination date.  It is also highly recommended to order the CM Manual to prepare for the examination.

The CM Examination is given at every MBNA Annual Convention and can be taken at MBNA Headquarters.

Every effort is made to provide individuals with the opportunity to take the exam at State, Regional, or Provincial Association meetings. However, the exam must be proctored by a MBNA staff member, members of the Board of Trustees or Past Presidents Committee that are Certified Memorialists®, or by the current Chairman of the Certification Committee. If the exam is to be taken at a State, Regional, or Provincial Association meeting, it is the association's responsibility to provide a meeting room and adequate examination time.

Upon satisfactory completion of the exam, a Certified Memorialist® will be entitled to use the CM initials after their name on all forms of business correspondence.  Recognition will also be given at MBNA's Annual Convention Awards Luncheon, where each CM will be given a lapel pin and a plaque.

Full Certification Packet

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