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.

BIFD President Address

The address by the 2015/16 President Clive Pearson to the annual conference in October 2015, is available here:

 President's Address 

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

2016 Conference

Details of the 2016 Conference, which will be held 4th-6th November, can be found here:

 Conference Details

The conference weekend includes a charity gala dinner dance on Saturday, in aid of the Children's Air Ambulance. More information about that is here:

 Charity Gala Dinner Dance

And the conference booking form here:

 Conference Booking Form