Welcome to the British Institute of Funeral Directors

It is a little known - and quite shocking - fact that anyone in the UK can set themselves up as a Funeral Director without any previous experience, training or qualifications. No licence is necessary.

The British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) is aiming to end this state of affairs. We are the pre-eminent provider of education within the funeral profession; all BIFD members have achieved an appropriate level of professional training, and our Licence to Practice is only granted to professionals who follow the Institute's requirements for annual Continuous Professional Development.

Choose a BIFD member

By choosing a funeral professional who is a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors, you can be certain that you are choosing a competent and qualified practitioner - the best qualified professional in your area.


 Contact The National President 

Joining the BIFD

For funeral professionals, membership of the BIFD is a reassurance to your clients of your training and ongoing commitment to providing the best quality service.

BIFD training courses are accredited with the University of Greenwich, gaining 60 Credits at Level 4 (the highest level for this type of course). These are the only funeral profession training courses in the UK whose credits can be used towards a full degree course, either at the University of Greenwich or one of their partner Universities.

Information on becoming a member can be found here:

 Joining the BIFD 

and information on BIFD training programmes is here:

 Education & Training 

2014/15 BIFD National President David Gresty, would like Members, Students and Guests to read his Institute Address, which will be changed seasonally, by clicking on the Presidential Address link below. He is also delighted to announce his National Conference at the Urban Village Resorts in Warrington, 23rd - 25th October 2015. Details of this can be found on the Conference 2015 link below.

 Presidential Address 

 Conference 2015