The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) has launched a new framework for its range of qualifications and training courses, which will be available for registration from the end of this year.
A new career pathway has been created for funeral professionals, some of which will be delivered online , in recognition of the challenges faced by students in studying while working at the same time.
The pathway begins with a brand new online induction course, a course specifically designed for funeral service operatives and a certificate of funeral arranging and administration – also delivered online.
NAFD said students will be able to progress to the diploma in funeral directing, which will continue to be delivered by the tutors, and will benefit from freshly updated content and assessments.
Students already enrolled on the existing diploma programmes will be able to complete their studies and, during 2021, the NAFD will also be introducing opportunities to amass continuous professional development (CPD) points, following completion of the courses, as well as new bite-size, stand-alone learning opportunities throughout the year.
NAFD past president Alison Crake, chair of the board of education, said: “The new suite of training and qualifications from the NAFD represents the very best in education for the funeral sector.
“The funeral sector is evolving and, although we could not have predicted current events when we first began the education review process, it was clear that there is a discernible need for training and qualifications that are accessible online.”
She added: “The ongoing pandemic, lockdown, social distancing and all that they have entailed has emphasised the need for a fast adaptation of our working lives.
“The NAFD remains committed to supporting its members by providing training and qualifications that are relevant, fit for purpose and which showcase best practice and the breadth and depth of knowledge required to excel.”
Crake concluded: “Training allows employees to acquire new skills, sharpen existing ones and to be the best they can be for your company and the families you care for.”