UK funeral firm membership

The National Association of Funeral Directors offers the best benefits package by far within the industry, but now those benefits have been proven to offer a significant financial advantage to members – particularly smaller independent firms – saving them up to £5,000 each year in essential business operating costs, a figure which dwarfs the costs of the NAFD membership subscription.

For small independent funeral directors the benefits are most striking.

Headline benefits include AUTOMATIC FREE £5m professional indemnity cover for each funeral firm member – which is unique in the industry.

To secure this professional indemnity insurance, which is essential for all funeral firms, would cost £1,500 a year if it was purchased directly. It costs NAFD members nothing.

The National Association of Funeral Directors offers the best benefits package by far within the industry, but now those benefits have been proven to offer a significant financial advantage to members..

Here is a selection of the other benefits of which Members can take advantage:

  • AUTOMATIC FREE legal cover in respect of employment claims up to £150,000
  • AUTOMATIC FREE legal cover in respect of health and safety prosecution up to £150,000
  • AUTOMATIC FREE financial support to cover HMRC and VAT investigations up to £150,000
  • AUTOMATIC ACCESS to a range of FREE business support helplines, including financial, legal and employment law, HR & repatriation
  • FREE PR Handbook and helpline
  • Access to the NAFD Energy Club – saving thousands of pounds on your business energy bills
  • Access to the NAFD Fast Track Debt recovery service
  • Outstanding professional qualifications, backed by respected academic bodies
  • A robust, client-facing Code of Practice and independent Funeral Arbitration Scheme
  • Perfect Choice funeral plans, with guaranteed returns and the ability to set your own price
  • Exclusive, negotiated rates on everything from website design and new vehicles to telecoms
  • Lowest card payment rates in the sector
  • Award-winning monthly magazine, the Funeral Director Monthly and monthly e-newsletter

As well as these operational business benefits, the NAFD’s size gives the Association a respected voice at the highest levels of Government, with the media and to your clients.

The NAFD is independent of any single funding body and campaigns on issues affecting all members equally.

What does being a member involve?

The conditions of membership are not onerous on any self respecting funeral directing business. The high standards and conditions attained and maintained by member firms are exactly those that reflect good professional practice expected by their clients.For this reason we do not levy a joining fee on applicants, preferring instead to qualify members on their standards of client service.

When applying, you will be required to submit supporting information with your application, such as relevant previous and current experience and any qualifications you hold. If you have been trading for less than twelve months you will also need to provide two written references.

As it is a requirement that NAFD members provide adequate premises to enable them to properly conduct their business, part of the application process will involve a pre-arranged inspection of your premises by one of the Association’s Standards & Quality Managers. Following this inspection, a report will be compiled in respect of the standards and suitability of those premises.

In addition, should no senior member of your firm hold the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, the Standards & Quality Manager will conduct an oral test and mock interview to confirm your competence in, and knowledge of, the funeral profession – including the provision of estimates, price lists and, in all other respects, compliance with the NAFD Code of Practice and Code of Professional Standards.

Once accepted, you will be randomly re-inspected within the first six months of membership and every two years thereafter. You will be required to comply with the NAFD Code of Practice, the NAFD Code of Professional Standards and to abide by the Rules of the Funeral Arbitration Scheme, all of which exist to protect the funeral director and their clients.

 

Supporting documentation required with your application form

For applicants that have been trading for less than twelve months in the sametrading name, the following supporting information will be required:-

  1. brief synopsis of previous experience within the funeral sector;
  2. details of professional qualifications (in and outside of the funeral sector);
  3. contact details for a minimum of two business referees, ie former employer, accountant, bank, clergy.

For applicants that have been trading for more than twelve months in the sametrading name, the following supporting information will be required:-

  1. brief synopsis of previous experience within the funeral sector;
  2. details of professional qualifications (in and outside of the funeral sector).

For NORTHERN IRELAND applicants, a copy of the planning permission as granted under the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 will be required.

No money is required with your application as, once your application has proved successful, you will be advised of the pro rata’d amount due to cover your subscription for the remainder of the calendar year.