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Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems R0776

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 investigation.

Notice: 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 personal protective equipment - Tyvek/goves/eye protection - will contiue to be provided by the National Fire Academy.

This 6-day, specialized course 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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Course Syllabus: PDF 445KB

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 - 2015 or later) course.

Incident Command System (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 the National Fire Academy’s (NFA's) "Fire Investigation: Essentials" (R0772 or R0206 - 2015 or later) course.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI®) or IAAI Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT®) or National Association of Fire Investigators Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI).
  • Successful completion (above 80%, 3.0 or B) of in-person and tested fire investigation-specific training which toals 80 hours. Applicants must provide documentation (certificates) to reach the 80-hour level. Hours credited toward State FIT or CFI certificates may count toward this requirement. ( courses do not count toward this requirement.)


Successful completion of the following CFI Trainer modules (transcript MUST be submitted with application):

  • Basic Electricity.
  • Residential Electrical Systems.
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Arc Mapping Basics.

Applicants must provide a copy of their transcript and documentation to support the prerequisite 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.

NoteAs a pre-course assignment, accepted students will be required to upload certificates of the above listed courses into the NFA's Learning Management System (LMS). For this pre-course assignment, the classes must have been taken or "refreshed" within a calendar year of the first day of class attendance. Certificates, dated within a calendar year of the start of class, must be uploaded to the LMS prior to arrival on campus. If you are selected for this class, you will receive instructions from the Training Specialist on when or how to upload those certificates into the LMS. Do not send these certificates to the Admissions Office. 

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
March 3 - 8, 2024 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 12 - 17, 2024 Apply between 12/15/2023 - 1/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024 Apply between 3/15/2024 - 4/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland