In an important step for continuous professional development within the funeral sector, the National Association of Funeral Directors’ qualifications has achieved both Birmingham City University endorsement and Open College Network (OCN) approval.

This means that the National Diploma in Funeral Directing and the current National Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration (together with their associated learning materials, systems and processes) are deemed to meet a recognised quality standard acceptable by the University and the awarding body and, as such, they ‘endorse’ and ‘approve’ the organisation (The NAFD) and the NAFD’s qualifications.

Over the past twelve months, the NAFD’s education team has undergone a robust process to evidence governance and due diligence. It has also provided evidence that the NAFD has an education system that is fit for purpose and meets national standards of learning and assessment.

To achieve this, the NAFD has had  to provide evidence of  all qualification-related documentation – including policies, procedures, delivery and assessment processes, monitoring and management systems, including evidence  that all approved tutors, examiners and NAFD National Office staff involved  are qualified and trained to national standards,  appropriate to their own role in the education system.

Martin Reynolds, Head of Birmingham City University’s Centre of Leadership and Management said: “Birmingham City University, working in partnership with the National Association of Funeral Directors, has reviewed and evaluated the quality and excellence of the learning and development practice at the National Association of Funeral Directors and specifically for the following learning programmes: Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration; National Diploma in Funeral Directing.

“Birmingham City University is proud to Quality Endorse the National Association of Funeral Director’s learning and development practice and its designated learning programmes for their quality and excellence and as an exemplar of outstanding and innovative learning and development practice.”

The outcome of achieving approval from the open College Network means that the NAFD can award the current National Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration (NCFAA) as a Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration (equivalent to a Level 2 qualification consisting of 47 Credits), and the Diploma in Funeral Directing (equivalent to a Level 3 qualification consisting of 49 Credits). Both qualifications are recognised as Diplomas but have different levels of learning and assessment criteria incorporated into the syllabus.

Students who are currently registered for the National Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration (NCFAA) will be awarded a Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration upon successful completion.  This qualification will still be essential to achieve as a pre-requisite award prior to registration for the Diploma in Funeral Directing.

The outcome of the work undertaken with OCN also has a further benefit. The credits achieved from both qualifications are acknowledged by Birmingham City University and will count towards entry into a Management and Leadership post-graduate qualification offered by the University, offering logical career progression to those who have an interest in furthering their education.