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.

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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.




blueshadow Meet the Scholarship Recipients

ABFSE Scholarship Committee made 5 scholarship awards totaling $8,500 in October 2018. 74 application inquiries were received and 18 complete applications were considered.

    Meet our Scholarship recipients:

    Wylie Halferty Scholarship Recipient


    Other Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients

    • Holly Herrera: Cypress College
    • Rachel Metzger: Arapahoe College
    • Alexander Mock: Worsham College
    • Taylor Slone: Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science

    Wylie Halferty
    Carl Sandburg College
    View bio here





blueshadow Colleagues in the News

Activity abounds at the ABFSE accredited schools and programs.
Click the links below to read more about special events and announcements.

American River College

San Antonio College

University of District of Columbia Community College


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

More meeting info

Annual Report and Cohort Tracking 2019

Program Directors should access the 'For Educators' tab for more information on the Annual Report and Cohort Tracking.

Annual Report is due on
February 15, 2019.


Review of Standards

Review Of Standards

In 2017 ABFSE initiated the process to review the standards used to accredit programs in funeral service/mortuary science education.

Click here for:
Summary of the review process
Proposed standards (with updates)

COA will submit a Notice of Motion for the updated Standards to be considered at the April 2019 Annual Meeting (1:30 PM Friday, April 12, 2019)

Final comments on the proposal received in the ABFSE office by February 28, 2019 will be considered.


National Scholarship ProgramThe 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           PRECOA         SC Funeral Directors Association           University Mortuary Science Education Association      


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