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Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems R0776

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

Keith Heckler

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

This 6-day, specialized course that addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical fire causes. Students will demonstrate current techniques, practices, protocols and standards that assist investigators in the evaluation of electrical systems and associated components.

Outdoor activities will require students to have work clothes and boots, participate in a series of practical activities that involve working with tools and electrical test equipment,  and be capable of processing a fire scene (bending, kneeling, and lifting up to 50 pounds).

R0776 expands upon concepts presented in R0772 - Fire Investigation: Essentials. R0776 is NOT recommended for the entry level student.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

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

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.

Priority will be reserved for students who have successfully completed the NFA's Fire Investigation: Essentials (R0772 or R0206).


ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed required training.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following:

  • Successful completion of National Fire Academy’s "Fire Investigations: Essentials" (R0206 or R0772).
  • 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 fire investigation specific training which totals 80 hours. Applicants must provide documentation (certificates) to reach the 80 hour level. State FIT or CFI certificates may count towards this requirement. (CFI Trainers may not count toward this requirement).
  • AND

Successful completion of the following CFI Trainer modules (transcript MUST be submitted with application):
- Basic Electricity
- Electrical Safety
- Arc Mapping Basics

Applicants must provide a copy of their CFITrainer.Net 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

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
March 28, 2021 - April 2, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply April 25 - 30, 2021 Immediate vacancy Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 9 - 14, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 13 - 18, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 11 - 16, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland