Why not add an NAFD qualification to your professional achievements in 2018? The Association’s two Diploma courses provide comprehensive training for funeral service professionals and are considered the gold standard qualifications for the sector.

The Diploma in Funeral Arranging & Administration (Dip FAA) and the Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD) are studied for across a period of between 9-15 months (dependent upon the qualification) and are delivered by a team of highly qualified NAFD approved tutors and assessed by the NAFD Board of Examiners.

There are qualified NAFD tutors based in NAFD-member funeral businesses across the UK, from Southampton to up to Dundee, and from Belfast in Northern Ireland over to Norwich in the East of England, with numerous member firms not only focusing on their own employees’ professional development but supporting other member firms too.

To find your nearest tutor, visit nafdqualifications.com and follow the simple registration process.

As well as the two diplomas, the Association is also supported in delivery of its education programme by the London Association of Funeral Directors, which operates the LAFD Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration. Launched in 2007, the twelve-week LAFD Certificate in Funeral Arranging & Administration course has been designed specifically as a qualification for those in the frontline of funeral service. Course alumni have been drawn from a variety of funeral service backgrounds: from those with several years of experience to relatively new staff and from the smallest to the largest member firms.

With both the diplomas and LAFD certificate, graduates are entitled to use a post nominal after their name to indicate their successful completion of the qualification.

  • For further information about NAFD Qualifications, please contact the NAFD Education team on trainingadministration@nafd.org.uk, call 0121 711 1343, ext. 1005, or visit http://nafdqualifications.org.uk. Full details of the courses and all fees can be found on this site.
  • For further information about the LAFD Certificate, please contact the course administrator, LAFD Secretary Judith Williams on secretary@lafd.org.uk, call 07776 995335, or visit www.lafd.org.uk.

Train to teach

The National Association of Funeral Directors is a training centre approved by One awards for the delivery of the Certificate in Education and Training and the Award in Education and Training. The programme provides funeral directors with a knowledge of teaching and enhancement of skills to enable them to tutor students on behalf of the NAFD.

This is an integrated teacher training programme, based on the development of tutoring skills to national qualification standards and integrated with the knowledge required to deliver NAFD qualifications.

There are six units of learning:


  • Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
  • Delivering Education and Training
  • Using Resources for Education and Training
  • Assessing learners in Education and Training
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners in Education and Training.
  • Teaching in a Specialist Area

The training is delivered through ten workshops, with additional self-guided personal learning and independent research, with regular assessments and submission of written work. Students also need to deliver at least 30 hours of teaching practice.

Course content doesn’t just cover how to funeral professionals, but also how to support students through the learning process too. Nick Round, the NAFD’s Training and Professional Support Manger, is passionate about the standard of tutoring NAFD approved tutors are able to provide. He says: “We have taken an extra step to ensure that not only are we able to provide rigorous training for prospective tutors to achieve the recognised national teaching qualification standards, but that tutors understand about the hard and soft skills required for learning and student development too.”

“In addition, the NAFD is aware that there may be prospective tutors who may benefit from receiving additional support to improve their key skills in English and Maths. There may be others who experience the impact of Dyslexia or other related conditions. For this reason, we are able to support tutors and offer access to a range of resources and tools available.”