Joining the BIFD

Full membership of the BIFD is restricted to those who have obtained:

  • The BIFD Diploma in Funeral Service.
  • The NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing.
  • An NVQ or VQ in Funeral Directing at Level 4.
  • An equivalent qualification subject to approval.

The Institute has also developed a scheme to encourage good practice within the profession - our 'Licence to Practice'. This is issued on an annual basis to those Members of the Institute who have committed to approved Continuous Professional Development throughout each year.

Through this scheme and our 'Look for the Licence' logo, the BIFD aims to offer a reassurance of professionalism to the public, and promote its Members' businesses.

Additional Membership Levels

In addition to our full membership and annual Licence to Practice, the following types of membership are also available. In all instances, for more information please contact us.

Associate membership

This is available to persons who are either engaged in an occupation in connection with or ancillary to funeral directing, or have been awarded a qualification in funeral directing, which is not equivalent to the Diploma, on the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Student membership

This is for individuals who are at least 16 years of age and are currently studying or seeking to study on an approved course, with the intention of gaining full membership, on completion and successfully passing the required examinations.

Honorary membership

The BIFD may award the honour of membership to professionals who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors have, by reason of their position have rendered significant service to the Institute or to funeral directing.

Retired membership

There are two types of 'retired' membership:

Voting - Open to any Full Member or Fellow who is no longer in full-time employment but has been a full member for 3 years or more and wishes to retain their voting rights.

Non-Voting - Open to any Full Member or Fellow, having been so for at least 3 years, but no longer working within the profession, and wishing to relinquish their voting rights.


A Fellow may be conferred on those Members who the Board of Directors deem to have carried out distinguished work within the profession, service to the Institute or some educational distinction worthy of recognition.