Funeral Director Training.

Funeral Directors Training


As we all know, funerals these days are tending to become less and less religious. In the event that someone requests a non-religious funeral service, it is important to be able to call upon a celebrant who can be trusted. Since August 2014, here at the NFFD, we have been training budding funeral celebrants in the art of working with families, understanding their needs, creating individual eulogies and delivering professional services. Many of our trained celebrants are now working regularly and many of our courses are fully booked well in advance.

Our very own Dr Geoff “as seen on TV” Gardner ( ), was an original student on our very first course and now teaches what he has learned to groups of new celebrants most months and conducts his own funeral services regularly. Geoff’s enigmatic style and carefully considered course content has become widely discussed and NFFD members can now join us.

Everything about the course shouted professionalism. Hotel Conference style amenities to Geoff's live-wire presentation Your attention to detail is awesome!

Steve Gray


Benefits to you:

  • Saves paying an external Celebrant to conduct services on your behalf allowing you to reduce your charges.
  • Gains more access to your families to allow you to fully understand their needs and wants and perform a much more personal funeral for them now, and for generations to come.
  • Ability to conduct other services in your local area or beyond to earn an additional income

Geoff Gardner - Celebrant Gardner

Geoff holds the Certificate in Funeral Celebrancy through the National Federation of Funeral Directors.

Previously in Her Majesties Armed Forces with 23 years’ service, Geoff has been connected to the industry since 2006 when he became a Will Writer through The Society of Will Writers and Estate Planning Practitioners and he is the Managing Director of Reid Wills North based in Doncaster. The area which he normally covers is all of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Northern Nottinghamshire. Geoff is a compassionate, emphatic, confident, smart and an extremely disciplined man. A father of five children and grandfather to nine who can give comfort to a grieving family just by his presence. A Celebrant is the leader of a liturgy or ceremony who is empowered to perform it by qualification to present the Eulogy at a burial or cremation.

In this day and age so many of us believe in the Almighty but choose not to go to church on Sunday. We feel that when we die we still want to have a service with some prayers or not but would also feel hypocritical to have our service held by a Priest or Vicar. These people chose a Celebrant like Geoff. A Celebrant can conduct their service in the way the family wish it to be conducted. If they would wish for a few prayers, it would happen. It they don’t want any prayers, then that’s fine also.A Celebrant would conduct their service in the way the deceased would what it to be conducted.

Geoff as a Funeral Celebrant is a person who can help plan, write and lead a Funeral service. Many people from all walks of life choose to become a celebrant but all are motivated by a strong desire to help families give the person who has died a good send-off, one that honours, gives thanks for, and, even, celebrates their life taking in all that this person has done in their lives, their achievements, fun times, family times and even to the point of their low times.

Some Celebrants are introduced to families by a Funeral Director, others are approached directly. Either way, all will work closely with the family and the funeral director to ensure everything goes to plan. The plan of the deceased and their family. Celebrants that have already been trained by the NFFD have come from Funeral Industry but also, retired teachers, actors, writers, builders, police service and many more.

Join an industry that will give you complete job satisfaction and through your natural talents and the extra skills we give you, become an asset in your community.


Funeral Services and Administration NVQ Level 2 & 3:

NFFD have built up a national network of qualified assessors who are out and about offering NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Funeral Services and Administration. This 13-week, on-site course will ensure that you and/or your staff understand the basic principles of arranging funerals in accordance with approved national curriculum.


The assessment will include:

  • Care of Deceased
  • Preparation for viewing
  • Health & Safety procedures
  • Arranging the funeral
  • Administration protocol

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Benefits to our members:

  • Most training is conducted free of charge
  • Allows you to improve your staff’s knowledge
  • Makes you more appealing to future recruits
  • Gives the public confidence that you and your team know what you’re doing
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We Endorse

  • Funeral Directors Register
  • Fair Price Charter
  • Gone too Soon Online Memorial Website
  • Safe Hands Funeral Plans


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