As a funeral practitioner in the state of Colorado, who is licensed in two other states, I welcome regulation to weed out the shady dealers. However, the CoFDA has stepped into absurdity with many of these stipulations. Of the criticisms noted, I disagree with the idea that an apprenticeship does not serve consumers. 1 year of supervised practice is a standard for many trades. I served an apprenticeship for my original license, and most other states require this, as well. You do not want to have someone right out of mortuary school, who thinks they know everything, practicing without oversight. When I first started embalming, I needed some help, the schools only teach book knowledge, not practical experience.