Fire Investigation: Technical Aspects R0778

Future students: The Fire Investigation curriculum is changing. Please review the (revised) course prerequisites on this page to make sure that you are qualified to apply for this course.
Curriculum: Fire Investigation
Training Specialist

Lester Rich

Delivery type
6-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
There is not an American Council on Education credit recommendation for this course.

Critical skills essential to fire investigation include the effective identification, collection, packaging, preservation, processing and testing of evidence from a fire and/or crime scene. This course provides students with applied knowledge of fire dynamics and forensic evidence concepts for determining a competent ignition source, what needs to be documented at the fire scene to conduct a fire dynamics bases analyses, understanding the capabilities and limitation of both physical and computer modeling and how they can apply this information to an investigation.

Outdoor activities require students to have work clothes and boots and be capable of processing a fire scene (bending, kneeling, and lifting up to 50 pounds).

Successful completion of this course satisfies the training and education requirements for International Association of Arson Investigators Evidence Collection Technician (ECT) certification.

This course expands upon concepts presented in Fire Investigation: Essentials (R0772). R0778 is NOT recommended for the entry level student.

Selection criteria

The target audience is full-time public service personnel tasked with fire investigative duties.

Successful completion of Fire Investigation: Essentials R0772 or R0206 (R0206 certificate dated AFTER October 1, 2017).

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.


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.

This course uses the learning management system (Desire to Learn D2L) for content delivery, assignments, and examinations, a laptop or tablet is required to attend this course. This course will require pre-course work within D2L, prior to arrival on campus.

Successful completion of Fire Investigation: Essentials R0772 or R0206 (R0206 certificate dated AFTER October 1, 2017).

Successful completion of the following CFI Trainer modules. (The below listed modules, in addition to those completed for R0206/772, will satisfy CFI Trainer requirements of IAAI to obtain Evidence Collection Technician (ECT) certification upon successful completion of this course.)
- Ethics and the Fire Investigator
- Evidence Examination: What Happens at the Lab
- NFPA 1033 and Your Career
- Practical Application of the Relationship between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921.

Applicants must provide a copy of their R0206 or R0772 certificate AND CFI Trainer.Net transcript along with their admissions application verifying that they have successfully completed the requisite training modules listed above.

Post-course requirements

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
February 23 - 28, 2020 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply June 21 - 26, 2020 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply August 2 - 7, 2020 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland