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Fire Inspection Principles I R0390

Fundamental level course
Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Technical
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 science.

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.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 451KB
Welcome Letter and Precourse Assignment PDF 90KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

  • 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 their personnel involved in full-time code enforcement activities.
  • Suppression Company Officers responsible for in-service fire code enforcement.
  • 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.


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.

Required precourse work available through NFA Online:

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

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
Apply August 14 - 19, 2022 Wait List Opportunity Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 23 - 28, 2022 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
December 11 - 16, 2022 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 5 - 10, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 2 - 7, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 7 - 12, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 11 - 16, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 10 - 15, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

This course does a good job explaining the fundamentals of fire inspections and code research.