American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation (ABFSE)

American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation provides accreditation to colleges that give programs on funeral service and mortuary services to students.

Posted by Ankita Paul on 14th May 2018

American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation (ABFSE)

American Board of Funeral Service Education Committee on Accreditation is a self-governing organization which is the national accreditation establishment which offers accreditation to schools and college programs occupied with Funeral Service Education.

Despite the fact that it establishes back someplace in the 1940s yet it really turned into a self-ruling organization in 1962.

This certifying office is approved by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher instruction Accreditation (CHEA).  


Eligibility requirements for ABFSE accreditation

To be eligible for accreditation by the ABFSE, the institutions should go fulfill these requirements

  • They offer a program of at least 60 semesters or 90 quarter credit hours leading to a degree or diploma in funeral service education

  • The institution has a license or charter from the appropriate governmental agency to operate and award a degree or diploma

  • They submit a feasibility study which includes all documentation and information required by the Committee on Accreditation of the ABFSE

  • They meet or exceed the published accreditation standards of the ABFSE

  • They have achieved Candidacy Status which means they meet all the standards of ABFSE in the judgment of the Committee on Accreditation

  • The institutions/programs in candidacy status must have at least one class of students taking the second half of the program and enrolled in clinical embalming

  • They have a governing board which shall exercise all powers that may be performed by the institution under the license or charter above

  • They have a chief executive officer directly accountable to the governing board

  • It ensures that its program director has attended the Self Study Workshop (workshops are offered twice a year).


ABFSE values and guiding principles

  • Continuous program improvement

  • Fairness

  • Consistency

  • Integrity in all actions

  • Professionalism

  • Innovation

  • Inclusiveness


 ABFSE Decision Making Bodies

 The Committee on Accreditation is a standing council of the American Board of Funeral Service Education. It works self-ruling and freely of the American Board. The Committee has the sole expert to affirm and reexamine principles, allow office, grant or deny accreditation, and take every single other activity identified with a candidate's accreditation status.

 The Committee consists of twelve members, including two public members.

 Executive Committee

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary/Treasurer

  • NFDA Representative

  • ICCFA Representative

  • Past President

 Non-voting Ex Officio Committee Chairs

  • Scholarship Chair

  • National Board Exam Liaison Chair

  • Curriculum Chair

  • Program Chair

  • Constitution Chair

  • Accreditation Chair

  • College and University Council Chair

 Non-Voting (Staff)

  • ABFSE Executive Director

 ABFSE’s strategic directions for students’ success

 ABFSE gives two grants to undergraduates to the motivation behind money related help to the undergraduates and different elements.

  • The National Scholarship Program of the American Board of Funeral Service Education was set up to give budgetary honors to undergraduates enlisted in memorial service or morgue science projects to help them in acquiring their expert instructions.

  • The above grant is given to the undergraduates running from $500-$2500 for a scholastic year and it is specifically charged from the educational cost expenses.

  • The Post-Graduate Scholarship Program of the American Board of Funeral Service Education additionally gives money related honors to the dynamic workforce of burial service or morgue science projects to help them in assisting their expert training.


 Accredited Colleges and Universities under ABFSE

 The colleges that come under ABFSE accreditation

Arkansas State University Southern Illinois University Carbondale
IVY Tech Community College Vincennes University
Des Moines Area Community College Saint Louis University

 Conclusion

 The American Board of Funeral Service Education is an agency that prepares practitioners to provide dignified death care experiences through quality higher education. They wish to collaborate with all agencies or institutions that want to increase their principles and standards of funeral service education and provide high-quality education.