IFDA Membership Information
Whether you serve as a funeral director, own a funeral home, or you are with a funeral service related business, we understand the dedication and effort you invest in achieving success. Established in 1881, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association has been tirelessly working to advance the funeral service profession through advocacy and value.
As the largest association exclusively serving licensed funeral service professionals in Illinois, IFDA has a membership of over 1,300 and continues to grow. When you join the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, you will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of passionate individuals who share a common goal of serving families while upholding the highest ethical standards in the funeral service profession. Whether it is through our regular meetings, or events, we encourage you to take full advantage of the resources and connections available to you.
Who is eligible to become a member of IFDA?
- Funeral director and/or embalmer currently licensed with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
- Funeral director and embalmer intern currently licensed with IDFPR.
- A student currently enrolled in an ABFSE-accredited mortuary science program.
- A supplier of goods and/or services to the funeral service profession.
IFDA Member Benefits
Being a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association means being a part of the largest network of funeral directors in the state of Illinois. You gain access to leaders of the funeral service profession that can help you solve problems or offer a timely referral. IFDA maintains relationships with IDFPR, IDPH, and other state agencies to serve as your voice on new policies and regulatory initiatives.
The IFDA website and member community is available to members 24/7. Take advantage of the resources available to you to stay abreast of current trends and news that affects you or your business, including the Illinois Director, the Friday Follow-up, special notices, and IFDA social media. In the event of the death of an IFDA member or their immediate family, an employee of a member firm, or a funeral service provider or merchandiser, IFDA will distribute a Death Notice on their behalf to all other IFDA members.
IFDA Membership offers you the opportunity to help lead your colleagues. Be a part of leadership for the Association and join an IFDA Committee, or even apply for a board position! There are yearly opportunities to become involved with others sharing your common interests and enthusiasm for funeral service. Help us make a difference!
Annual Convention & Seminars
The IFDA Annual Convention is the largest gathering of funeral professionals in the state of Illinois. Our goal is to present new ideas from innovators, new products, and services offered by suppliers, and create a network of valuable resources for you to take advantage of. Along with the classes offered at Convention, our seminars provide educational opportunities across the state. Best of all, IFDA members receive steep discounts on attending all IFDA events!
Do you prefer to learn in the classroom, with live online webinars, or with home-study books? IFDA’s flexible and affordable lineup of continuing education programs will help you stay on track with your license requirements. . IFDA will manage and maintain all of your IFDA CE credits, and you can view them anytime in your website profile.
Preferred Providers & Discounts
IFDA Preferred Providers offer service discounts specially available to IFDA Members. Additionally, the Preferred Providers & Discounts program provides valuable savings on products and services that funeral homes can use every day.
The IFDA website is a treasure trove of knowledge and resources. Whether you need to find a commonly used form in our forms library, need to clarify continuing education requirements, or view an archived Illinois Director, the members-only resources on the website can save you a lot of time and headaches.
The Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction was instituted by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association to recognize IFDA members for their outstanding contributions and achievements in select areas, and to promote initiatives in social and educational areas. IFDA members are eligible to apply for award consideration, allowing you to showcase your funeral home's success in your community.
IFDA members qualify for our health insurance whether you are an individual or funeral home owner. Options include individual and group plans, and group plans are open to those with as few as two individuals from the same organization.
Are you looking to make a change for yourself or your business? Find your next great career opportunity or hire the missing piece for your funeral home using IFDA's Career Center
Our political advocacy team looks out for the best interests of the funeral service profession across Illinois by maintaining a presence at the State Capitol, while federal issues are tackled in Washington D.C. in partnership with NFDA. Our strong political voice allows us to prevent bad bills from progressing, while avoiding changes in regulation that would add more red tape to funeral service. Together with members, we participate in calls to action to stop bad policy from affecting our profession. Our efforts help maintain one of the strongest funeral director licenses in the country.
The IFDA Legal Advice Program provides members the opportunity to answer legal questions when a concern arises by putting you in touch with a licensed attorney. Be sure and take advantage of your one-on-one legal consultation offered during each year of your IFDA membership.
Ethical Practice Mediation
Members are able to take advantage of IFDA’s Ethical Practice Mediation, a member-to-member dispute resolution process, fairly resolving grievances before they escalate to formal complaints to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
Ready to sign up? If you have any questions, please contact Ashli Turner, IFDA Executive Director.