The London Association of Funeral Directors actively supports the education of members’ staff and has an Education Sub-committee responsible for oversight of educational activity. The Association’s Charitable Fund may be used to facilitate a wide range of educational objectives.

Activities and initiatives include –

  • Launching the Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration (Cert FAA) in 2007.  
  • Holding periodic evening seminars on topical issues.
  • Awarding the Harold Rivett Award to the student, employed within the Association’s region, who attains the highest marks (gaining a distinction) in each exam of the National Diploma in Funeral Directing (DipFD).

Please contact the Secretary for information on current and future courses and evening seminars.

Note: As stated above, educational opportunities arranged by the Association are offered as a benefit of membership to member firms only. Registration is available only to staff of those firms and cannot be accepted from individual applicants.


 Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration 

Since its inception in 2007, over 300 candidates have gained this qualification, aimed at equipping frontline stafff with the knowledge and skills essential to assist the bereaved with all aspects of arranging a funeral.

The course is overseen by David Hall DipFD, an NAFD Approved Tutor with many years of funeral service experience, and Dr Brian Parsons, training consultant, researcher and acclaimed author of several books on the funeral industry and funeral practices, including The London Way of Death and The Evolution of the British Funeral Industry (


* NEW COURSES starting early 2022 *

The course is now offered either by classroom attendance or via fully interactive online seminars

choose either classroom based seminars in central London OR an interactive online class

Applications for upcoming and future courses now are being accepted

Download details of the course here

Download an Application Form here

completed applications should be sent to the Secretary

To learn more about education events, or for any other enquiry, please contact the Secretary



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