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Student Services

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Student Assistance Resources

Job Information

Funeral service can be one of the most rewarding of careers. Our students have the unique opportunity to help families who have experienced a loss and to be able to ensure them that their loved one will be cared for in a professional, dignified way.

The Commonwealth Institute maintains a list of prospective employers concerning job positions for students and graduates, for both full and part-time employment. Additionally, prospective employers are invited to attend the open house held at Commonwealth Institute approximately one month before each enrollment and conduct interviews at that time. Many requests for employment are filled each year. If you would like assistance in obtaining employment please send a one-page résumé to Commonwealth Institute. Your résumé will be maintained for thirty days and sent to prospective employers. Commonwealth Institute does not guarantee employment to any student or graduate, as this is a decision which must always be made between employer and prospective employee.


Commonwealth Institute does not provide housing, either on or off campus. Students must make their own arrangements for housing. Commonwealth assumes no responsibility for any problems between landlord and student.


Health services are not provided by the Institute; however, students are encouraged to seek immunization assistance from the Texas Department of Health Services (www.dshs.state.tx.us), Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (www.dshs.state.tx.us) or any local immunization clinic.  Harris County Clinics in our area are as follows:

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Clinic Names & Locations

Humble Health Clinic 
1730 Humble Place Drive
Phone: (281) 446-4222
Hours:  Mon – 7:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00 -6:00 p.m.
Tues – Thu 7:30am- 4:00pm
Fri – 8:00am – 11:00am
Antoine Health Clinic
5815 Antoine, Suite A
Phone: (713) 602-3300
Hours:  Mon-Wed-Thurs. & Fri. – 7:30am – 5:00pm
Tue- 8:00am-6:00pm

We have available upon request an educational pamphlet on HIV and Aids developed by the Texas Department of Health.

Commonwealth Institute recognizes the importance of meeting the guidelines set forth by OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with regard to Universal Precautions, and endeavors to comply with all regulations. These regulations are intended to keep individuals as safe as possible from infections resulting from the handling of remains.  Therefore, all human remains shall be handled as if they were infectious cases, and Universal Precautions are to be practiced on all cases.

Students are advised to consult their personal physician concerning preventative vaccination and susceptibility testing.  Ask your physician about the HBV vaccine to protect you against infection by the Hepatitis B virus.  The vaccine is available for individuals who might come into direct contact with blood or body fluids.  This vaccine, administered prior to exposure to the virus, consists of a series of three injections given over a six-month period.  See recommendations at www.commonwealth.edu.  Also please refer to the timeframe or sign a wavier for the HBV vaccination at the time of enrollment.

Student Organizations

The National Funeral Service Honor Society offers service and leadership to Commonwealth Institute and promotes academics and fellowship among all students enrolled at the school.

Honor Society members sponsor study groups, assist as hosts at graduation and other college functions and assist Commonwealth Institute’s recruiting efforts. Membership, by invitation, is open to both men and women with a GPA of 3.5 or higher for any grading period. Dues and other criteria are set by the honor society.

A faculty member is assigned as an advisor to the Honor Society. Activities vary from year to year. Events are planned with the student body’s interests and schedules in mind. All activities planned by the Honor Society are to be coordinated through the faculty sponsor, with approval from the administration.

The McEnany & Moen Academic Achievement Award is presented to the Honor Society member who has shown the greatest improvement in grade point average during the academic year. The award is named in honor of the charter President and Dean of Commonwealth Institute.

All CIFS students have the ability to participate in campus-wide activities and events.  Student representatives will be selected for the CIFS Advisory Board at the beginning of each enrollment quarter.  All campus events are open to currently enrolled CIFS students.  CIFS Advisory meetings are also open to all currently enrolled CIFS students.

National Board Exam Statistics

The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site (www.abfse.org).

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