The Independent Funeral Directors (IFD) College was founded in November 1995. This virtual college was born from a need to provide basic vocational training to those employed in the Independent sector of the Funeral profession, and who were members of the National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). 

At the time the only access to training for those in the Independent sector was via the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) Diploma course. Although a good course, it is relatively lengthy, expensive and not appropriate for all staff employed in the profession.SAIF set about providing training that was appropriate for all and of a practical nature, hence the foundation of the IFD College.

The first courses to be provided were very basic and were little more than a series of lectures which students attended in order to gain a certificate. It was clear that we needed a more formal approach to training. 

Christine Parker, a Funeral Director from Tonbridge, and SAIF  member had experience in adult education and the preparation of training courses. Chris wrote 14 training units complete with learning outcomes and assessment criteria which were suitable as NVQ training units. After much hard work Chris obtained accreditation for these units via Open College Network. (Now re-named One Awards ). Continuing the growth of this, now, accredited NVQ training centre, Chris then mentored a dozed trainers through city and Guilds assessor and verifier training. Chris, herself was our first qualified NVQ assessor and trainer and later became an accredited moderator and our first Director of Education. Chris is also the curriculum development director and has most recently written a new training unit around infant & child funerals resulting from the Scottish Government enquiry conducted by Lord Bonomy. This unit will be available to funeral directors and their staff from autumn 2018. The unit has been accredited by one awards as a level 3 with 6 credits.

The IFD College now has its own identity acting as an educational source for all within the funeral profession.

You will find on this site details of the courses which are now available.