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 2016/17 President Darren Carpenter to the annual conference in November 2016, is available here:
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:
and information on BIFD training programmes is here:
2017 AGM & Conference
Advance notice for your diary: the 2017 AGM and Conference will be held at Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone, on 20-22 October.
More information can be found here: