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NAFD Qualifications and Training
Designed to expand the knowledge of funeral sector employees and inspire excellence in their work to care for bereaved families and those that have died, the NAFD offers a range of quality-assured funeral service qualifications.
Our two respected Diploma courses provide comprehensive training for funeral service professionals and are considered the ‘gold standard’ qualifications for the sector. The funeral awareness course, delivered online, offers an introduction to the profession, and a range of training workshops and courses support NAFD member firms in developing the experience and strengths of employees, further enhancing knowledge, skills and expertise.
Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration
The Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration (DipFAA) is designed for anyone who has been working in the funeral service for six months or more as a funeral arranger and administrator or funeral director.
It is bench marked to National Standards of learning for a funeral arranger and is worth 47 credits.
It can be taken as a stand-alone award, or as a prerequisite qualification prior to registering to study for the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing. There are five mandatory modules within the qualification, designed to equip funeral arrangers and administrators with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to perform effectively in the role.
This qualification offers acquisition of the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for funeral arranging and administration, and can be achieved within a period of 9 – 12 months. Registration is restricted to existing employees within the funeral service working in related roles.
Holders of the previous NAFD Foundation Certificate in Funeral Service are required to register and achieve the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration prior to registration for the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing.
Diploma in Funeral Directing
The NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing (DipFD) qualification is bench marked to Level 3 National Standards of learning and assessment. This aligns directly to the level and breadth of responsibilities performed by a funeral director and is worth 49 credits.
The Diploma in Funeral Directing is aimed at employees within the funeral service working in an associated funeral directing role who have successfully achieved, and been awarded, the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration.
The DipFD also enables career progression for funeral arrangers and administrators wishing to progress into funeral directing, although funeral arrangers must be able to provide evidence of workplace experience of a range of funeral directing responsibilities, including the experience of conducting a funeral within the period of study to enable achievement of the qualification.
The Diploma in Funeral Directing can be taken as a stand-alone qualification following achievement of the Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration, or as a prerequisite qualification prior to studying for a future Birmingham City University Management and Leadership qualification aligned to meet the needs of the funeral service.
This qualification offers acquisition of the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for directing, and can be achieved within a period of 12 – 15 months. Registration is restricted to existing employees within the funeral service working in related roles, and students must be able to provide workplace evidence of funeral directing responsibilities, including the conducting of a number of funerals prior to full achievement of the Diploma.
Funeral Service Awareness training
The NAFD’s Funeral Service Awareness training programme is designed to support anyone considering a career in the funeral profession or anyone who would like a better understanding of the profession, including new starters within funeral service businesses.
Delivered online, the training has been designed to introduce the funeral profession. For job applicants, this taster course offers vital basic knowledge about the funeral service to prepare for applying for a job and help them gain an understanding of whether a career in funeral service is right for them.
For allied professionals, including the emergency services and caring professions, the Funeral Service Awareness course offers a great introduction to the profession to assist in building strong working relationships.
Application pack downloads
- Cat A – Prospective New Member Letter
- Introduction to Perfect Choice Funeral Plans
- Prospective Member Application Pack
- Application Form
- GDPR Consent Form
- Code of Practice Leaflet rev May 2014 Rebranded Version 2 Dec 2016
- Code of Professional Standards Leaflet 2014
- Funeral Arbitration Scheme Leaflet
- NAFD Rules Rev 15 May 2015
- NAFD Guidelines Rev 24 January 2018
NAFD members can also benefit from a series of cost-effective one-day training workshops – Vehicle First, Creating Client Confidence and Client Excellence – as well as accredited First Aid training – which are suitable for employees currently working in the funeral service, irrespective of their length of service.
The training workshops offer the opportunity to build on the experience and strengths of funeral directors and their teams, further enhancing knowledge, skills and expertise.
NAFD Training is delivered by experienced and qualified training professionals.
The face-to-face training sessions involve a high degree of participation and interaction with other members of the group and with the trainer – something that can’t be achieved through online learning alone.
The NAFD has been assessed and approved by “One Awards” to deliver and assess the invaluable three day ‘Practical First Aid’ course, which includes life-support and the use of an automated external defibrillator. One Awards offers accreditation services and training to learning providers and is licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
All course details, venues and fees can be obtained from the NAFD Education Team.