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.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 ABFSE Annual Conference
ABFSE Officers and Committee members will continue to serve
in their existing roles through the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Pictured left to right:
Karl Kann, Immediate Past-President; Jzyk Ennis, President ;
Jolena Grande, Vice-President; David Martin, Secretary/Treasurer.

blueshadow ABFSE 57th Annual Conference in Miami, FL

 ABFSE met in Miami, FL for its annual meeting which included committee meetings and professional development sessions.

ABFSE 57th Annual Conference in Miami, FLAnnual Conference Highlights

What did you miss?

   Professional development
     - Assessment

     - Embalming
       Textbook Update

    Executive Director’s report

    COA decisions - April 2019



    Debra (Bitsy) Cohn leads ‘Prior Learning Assessment’ workshop (above)


blueshadow Annual ABFSE Curriculum Review - 2019

The annual curriculum review workshop sponsored by the Hilgenfeld Foundation for Mortuary Education was held in conjunction with the CANA convention in Louisville, KY. Twenty-five educators and practitioners worked at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN on August 2-3, 2019 to review the curriculum for Cremation, Funeral Home Management, Microbiology and Restorative Art.

Curriculum Workshop presented at Mid-America College

ABFSE Curriculum Workshop 2019



blueshadow Meet the Scholarship Recipients

In the past academic year, ABFSE received 26 scholarship inquiries and awarded 10 scholarships for a total of $20,000 (9 undergrad & 1 post-grad) in April 2021.  Meet our recipients.  Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Gregory Backer

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Mariah Banks

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Samantha Bullock

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Scott Frushon

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Matthew Martin

Gregory Backer
Mercer County Community College

View bio here

Mariah Banks
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science

View bio here

Samantha Bullock
Northwest Mississippi Community College

View bio here

Chris Frushon
Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
View bio here

Matthew Martin
Worsham College of Mortuary Science
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.

San Antonio College receives Aspen Institute prize for 2021 Community College Excellence.

President of AAMI discusses nationwide enrollment trends
Connick discusses declining enrollment in

President of CCMS Inducted into US Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame
Lechner Induction Hall of Fame 2019

American River College

San Antonio College

University of District of Columbia Community College


Message from ABFSE’s President to the ABFSE Community


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Funeral Service Profession

Where are the accredited programs?


Questions for COA

Degree Mills

Resource Links

Contact Us

COA and Executive Committee meetings
October 14-16, 2021
Nashville, TN
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ABFSE fall committee meetings
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Professional Development Sessions
October 7, 2021
November 18, 2021
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Town Hall and Professional Development notes
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Coronavirus Precautions and Policy Considerations


Review of Standards

Review Of Standards

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Summary of the review process
Standards approved for Jan.1, 2020 implementation


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.

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Complaint Procedures

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Scholarship Sponsors

 Answering Service for Directors - ASD                Jim Augustine Memorial Fund             Bass-Mollett Publishers Inc.              Cremation Association of North America

   The Champion Company                          Church & Chapel Arts                                  Smart Director by Continental Computers, Inc.

      Dodge                                   Eagle's Wings Air - EWA                                          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                 Travel Plan by Inman                  Tuesday Evening Publications                   University Mortuary Science Education Association               


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