A new partnership between the Independent Funeral Directors (IFD) college and the British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) has been established to create an “education pathway for the funeral profession”.
The partnership aims to provide both “aspiring and experienced” funeral directors with a “bespoke education pathway” and a “programme of continuous vocational and academic learning”.
The program will help people entering the profession to take advantage of the college’s level 2 and level 3 courses before progressing on to deeper learning through the institute’s level 4 diploma in Funeral Service.
Diploma holders are awarded a licence by the institute allowing them to practice as a member of the BIFD, providing reassurance to clients that they are being served by “the best in the sector”.
Christine Parker, director of Curriculum Development at the IFD College, said: “At a time when regulation is coming to funeral profession colleagues in Scotland and the Competition and Markets Authority is scrutinising the funeral market, there has never been a greater need for funeral directors to demonstrate an adherence to high standards. One of the best ways to do this is with education.
“Through this partnership, we will be offering both new entrants and experienced hands a comprehensive set of qualifications that promote personal development at all levels, whether they’re a driver bearer or a senior manager responsible for the smooth running of several funeral homes.”
BIFD director and tutor Clive Pearson, added: “This partnership is good news for the families that funeral directors care for, as it will mean more funeral directors will be in possession of the best possible skills and qualifications.”