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Accreditation/Approvals

Accreditation & Approvals

Accredited and Approved in Texas and Beyond

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas, is devoted to raising the standards of the funeral service profession by preparing students as funeral directors and embalmers.

American Board of Funeral Service Education

The Associates in Applied Science in Funeral Service program and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ, 08097.  Phone: (816) 233-3747.  Web:  www.abfse.org.

PROGRAM INFORMATION – Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service

Year Total enrolled # of New Students # of Grads Timely Grad* Graduation Rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed In Funeral Service
2018 311 197 64 58/64 32% 94 89% 67%
2017 361 210 135 134/135 64% 112 65% 65%
2016 350 238 129 127/128 81% 93 76% 64%

*Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.
**Left before completing the program; did not finish.

NATIONAL BOARD STATISTICS – Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service

3 year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2016 – 2018 81% 79%
2015 – 2017 86% 88%
2014 – 2016 87% 88%
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2018 Arts 77 61
2018 Sciences 79 58

Accreditation:

Program and Institution Accredited by ABFSE: Associate of Applied Science – Funeral Service
Initial Accreditation 1988/Last Comprehensive review 2017/Next comprehensive review 2024
Re-accreditation: April 2018 for period of 7 years
Most recent Accreditation decision: April 2018 re-accreditation with no stipulations.

Please Note:

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, (beginning in 2015) and employment rates (beginning in 2015) for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org. To request a printed copy of this program’s pass rates and rates, go to CIFS Administrative Office, 415 Barren Springs Dr., Houston, TX 77090 or by e-mail at information@commonwealth.edu, or by telephone (281) 873-0262.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is authorized to grant the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Approvals

Texas Workforce Commission

The Commonwealth Institute is approved for the education and training of veterans, disabled persons and rehabilitation trainers and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Proprietary Schools and Veterans Education Dept., 101 E. 15th St., Austin, TX 78778-0001, (512) 936-3100.

Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges

The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges.

 Texas Funeral Service Commission

The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is licensed by the Texas Funeral Service Commission as a funeral establishment.

Memberships

The Commonwealth Institute’s commitment to the community and the profession is illustrated by membership in the following:

  • 100 Black Women of Funeral Service
  • International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA)
  • National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFDMA)
  • National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
  • Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Houston Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association
  • Houston Funeral Directors and Morticians Association
  • Texas Funeral Directors Association (TFDA)
  • Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
  • Cremation Association of North America (CANA)
  • International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc (ICFSEB)
  • National Associated of Colleges of Mortuary Science (NACMS)
  • National Counsel for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
  • WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)
  • Library & Information Resources Network (LIRN)
  • Veterans Administration
  • Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST)

Documents

You may download the following documents:

TWC-THECB Complaint Policies

Main Campus

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
415 Barren Springs Drive
Houston, Texas 77090
Office Telephone: (281) 873-0262
Toll Free: (800) 628-1580
Fax: (281) 873-5232
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