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Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems R0776

Notice: Effective April 2021, any student attending Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems (R0776) MUST bring their own respiratory protection for use during the class. Minimum acceptable protection is an N-95 disposable respirator. A reusable/elastomeric respirator (full or half face) is acceptable. Other PPE, Tyvek/gloves/eye protection will continue to be provided by NFA.
Curriculum: Fire Investigation
Training Specialist

Kevin Oliver

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science.

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.

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

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 (3) 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
December 12 - 17, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 23 - 28, 2022 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply NEW February 27, 2022 - March 4, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply September 25 - 30, 2022 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland