American Board of Funeral Service Education


ABFSE 2018 OfficersThe American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education.  Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Find an ABFSE Accredited Program or School


ABFSE Officers Installed at 56th Annual Conference (above)
Pictured left to right:
Karl Kann, Immediate Past-President; Jzyk Ennis, President ;
Jolena Grande, Vice-President; David Martin, Secretary/Treasurer.

blueshadow ABFSE 56th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA
        ABFSE met in Anaheim, CA for its annual meeting which included committee meetings and professional development sessions. Cypress College, Cypress, CA served as the host institution.

ABFSE 56th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CAAnnual Conference Highlights

What did you miss?

Dr. Janet Stephens leads professional development session (above)

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     2018 Hilgenfeld Curriculum Workshop
The ABFSE Hilgenfeld Curriculum Workshop was held in Kissimmee Florida August 3 - 4, 2018.

ABFSE Hilgenfeld Curriculum WorkshopThe ABFSE curriculum is reviewed annually on a prescribed rotation. The workshop was held immediately prior to the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association National Convention and Exposition. Pictured are attendees of the workshop.



blueshadowMeet the Scholarship Recipients

ABFSE Scholarship Committee made 4 scholarship awards totaling $7,000 in April 2018. 45 application inquiries were received and 11 complete applications were considered.

    Meet our Scholarship recipients:

    Joseph Greenfield - Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

    Katelyn Carrigan - Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

    Lucia Dickinson - Post-graduate Scholarship Recipient

    Joseph Greenfield
    Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
    Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient
    View bio here

    Katelyn Carrigan
    Carl Sandburg College
    Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient
    View bio here

    Lucia Dickinson
    Univ. of Oklahoma
    Post-graduate Scholarship Recipient
    View bio here







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    Giselle Wynia - Post-graduate Scholarship Recipient

    Chelsea Farmer
    Gupton-Jones College
    Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient


    Julie Prout
    Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

    Giselle Wynia
    Univ. of Minnesota
    Post-graduate Scholarship Recipient
    View bio here


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ABFSE/COA Fall Meeting
October 11-13, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

ABFSE 57th Annual Conference
April 10-13, 2019
Miami, FL

More meeting info

Review of Standards

Review Of Standards
In 2017 ABFSE initiated the process for review of the standards used to accredit programs in funeral service/mortuary science.

Comments from  individual practitioners, educators, students, funeral service professional groups and members of the public were  utilized to create the proposed standards.

Please take this opportunity to participate in the final review of the proposed standards.

Click here to participate.

Click here for a brief summary of the review process.


cfda-gradcap02The National
Scholarship Program

of the American
Board of Funeral Service Education provides financial awards to students enrolled in funeral service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education.

Apply for your Scholarship Online!


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Scholarship Sponsors

                                           Answering Service for Directors - ASD                                Jim Augustine Memorial Fund                         Bass-Mollett Publishers Inc.   

The Champion Company                                                Church & Chapel Arts                                             Dodge         

Heritage Club of NFDA             Inman - Shipping Worldwide                     National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science                 National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club                  National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association

 NMS - National Mortuary Shipping                      NOMIS Publications                  SC Funeral Directors Association                      University Mortuary Science Education Association         


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