American Board of Funeral Service Education



ABFSE Self Study workshops are held in April and October and are scheduled in connection with other American Board of Funeral Service Education committee meetings.  The April workshop is part of the ABFSE Annual Conference and the October workshop is scheduled so that attendees might also participate in the NFDA International Expo.

Workshops are open to all educators and comprehensive visit team members.  Program Directors with a comprehensive review approaching are urged to attend a workshop prior to beginning work on their self study.  There is no limit to the number of times you may attend a self study workshop.

The purpose of the ABFSE Self Study workshop is three-fold:


Provide institutions/programs with information that will assist in conducting a successful Self-Study.


Produce a Self-Study Report that will effectively represent the institution/program and be of optimum value to the ABFSE Visiting Team in its preparation for the on-site visit.


Include instructions provided in the American Board of Funeral Service Education Manual on Accreditation and practical suggestions that will help ensure a productive and successful visit.

The workshop is free; pre-registration is required.  Attendees are requested to notify the ABFSE office, by email, that they will be attending the workshop.  Attendees are asked to bring their own printed copy of the Standards of Accreditation (Chapter IX of the ABFSE Accreditation and Policy Manual) as copies will not be distributed at the workshop.  It would also be beneficial for participants to bring with them the complete ABFSE Accreditation and Policy Manual (or be prepared to access an electronic copy [saved to your laptop or tablet] during the session, if that is your preference.  Wi-fi access is not guaranteed). At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees receive a Certificate of Participation.

Workshop schedule:

    Saturday, April 22, 2017;  8:30 - 11:30 am at the Double Tree by Hilton, Myrtle Beach, SC
    October 2017;  Boston, MA,
    details to be announced


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