Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems R0255

R0255 is being replaced by R0776. Interested students should apply for R0776 during the April 15-June 15, 2019 open application period.
Curriculum: Fire Investigation
Training Specialist

Lester Rich

Delivery type
6-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, three semester hours in fire investigation, fire science, or fire service.

This six-day specialized course addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical fire causes through the use of current techniques, practices, protocols, and standards to assist investigators in the evaluation of electrical systems and associated components.

Students will:

  • Be provided with a basic knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and distribution systems, and common electrical faults and failures.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the National Electrical Code® and how it applies to fire investigations.
  • Learn to apply arc mapping theory that will effectively assist in fire origin determination.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of electricity by building electrical circuits and systems through a series of instructor-led “hands-on” practical activities.

Note: This course requires participation in a series of practical activities that involve working with tools and electrical test equipment conducted at the Fire Science Training Complex outdoor classrooms. Appropriate work clothing (jumpsuit, work shoes and gloves) in addition to appropriate clothing for inclement weather is required.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

Priority will be reserved for federal, state and local fire service, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors with full-time fire/arson and explosion investigation responsibility and/or prosecution. These personnel include:

  • Fire/arson investigators,
  • State fire marshals,
  • Law enforcement personnel,
  • Criminal investigators,
  • District attorney’s staff.
  • Members of arson task forces.

Applicants who are not employed full time in the fire investigation field may be eligible. Applicants must submit a detailed letter from the chief of the department attesting to their position, duties, and responsibilities as related to fire investigation and involvement with the prosecution of state arson laws, if any.


1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

2.  Applicants must meet ONE of the following:

  • Successful completion of National Fire Academy’s "Fire Investigations: Essentials" or “Fire/Arson Origin-and-Cause Investigations” course (both R0206).
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI®) or IAAI Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT®) or National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) Certified Fire Investigator (NAFI-CFI).
  • Successful completion (above 80%, 3.0 or B) of federal, tribal, state or territory sponsored fire investigation specific training which totals 80 hours. Applicants must provide documentation (certificates) to reach the 80 hour level. Multiple courses can be combined to reach the 80 hour threshold (CFI Trainers may not count toward this requirement).
  • State awarded and state Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) designations are acceptable (must provide certificate with certification number).
  • State level Fire Investigation Technician (FIT) are NOT acceptable (exception North Carolina NC-FIT, must provide certificate)
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in fire science, fire protection engineering, or fire, arson or explosion investigation from an accredited college or university.

3.  Successful completion of the following Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) Trainer modules (transcript MUST be submitted with application) through the CFI Trainer website (There are no costs or membership requirements to access these modules.)

  • Basic Electricity.
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Arc Mapping Basics.

Applicants must provide a copy of their CFI Trainer transcript and documentation to support the pre-requisite requirements at the time of application. Documentation (certificates, transcripts, certifications, and letters) must be clear, readable, concise and attached to the application at time of submission.

Post-course requirements