American Board of Funeral Service Education



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 1940s, 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 (CHEA). CHEA describes "Accreditation" as a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and educational programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. In the United States, accreditation is carried out by private, non-profit organizations designed for this specific purpose.  Institutions and educational programs seek accredited status as a means of demonstrating their academic quality to students and the public and to be eligible for federal funds.

Our Vision:
"Preparing funeral service practitioners to provide dignified death care experiences through quality higher education."

Our Mission:
The American Board of Funeral Service Education is organized for educational purposes in the interests of the public and of the funeral service profession. Our Mission is to advance funeral service education and practice through high standards that prepare students for careers.

Our Values and Guiding Principles:

  • Continuous program improvement
  • Fairness
  • Consistency
  • Integrity in all actions
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness

The American Board of Funeral Service Education shall accredit the institutions or programs of funeral service education in accordance with regulations and procedures as set forth in its Manual of Criteria and Procedures for Accreditation and Policy [Manual]. Such accreditation is recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFDMA) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB), most state licensing agencies, and the accredited institutions.

The membership of ABFSE consists of professional organizations and the funeral service education programs and colleges. Membership includes the following:

ABFSE Executive Committee

ABFSE Committee Structure & Responsibilities


Learn about our Committees and Membership

ABFSE Strategic Plan

Learn more about Accreditation and Degree Mills

Contact ABFSE
American Board of Funeral Service Education
Executive Director
Robert C. Smith III

992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Office: (816) 233-3747
Cell: (816) 262-0711
FAX: (856) 579-7354


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