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Fire Inspection Principles I R0390

Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type

6-day on-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire inspection.

Fundamental-level course

This 6-day, fundamental-level course introduces the student to the fundamental methodology for application of fire and life safety codes and standards. Although it contains many of the basic principles of code enforcement, more experienced code inspectors and officials might find it useful as a review of essential methodologies and as a useful update to current code enforcement applications.

It is not the intent of this course to present specific code requirements; however, this course focuses more on the methodology of the use of these requirements.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter and Precourse Assignment: PDF 451KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 90KB

  • Individuals whose primary duties are those of a full-time code enforcement inspector/officer with at least six months experience.
  • Municipal fire department instructors or senior inspectors who have the responsibility to train/mentor their personnel involved in full-time code enforcement activities.
  • Suppression Company Officers responsible for in-service fire code enforcement activities.
  • Fire investigation personnel involved in post-fire code studies and analysis.

Note: Special consideration will be given to individuals and departments starting new fire prevention bureaus or preparing an individual as an instructor for a code enforcement training program within their department.

ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Required pre-course work available through NFA Online:

  • Q0751 - Principles of Building Construction
  • Q0368 - Introduction to Fire Behavior in a Single-Family Dwelling.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
March 3 - 8, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 7 - 12, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024 Apply between 3/15/2024 - 4/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland