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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/gloves/eye protection - will continue 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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter and Instructions to Download Student Manual: PDF 190KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 445KB

Priority will be reserved for federal, state and local fire service, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors with full-time fire/arson/explosion investigation responsibility and/or prosecution. These personnel include fire/arson investigators, state fire marshals, law enforcement personnel, criminal investigators, district attorney's staff, and members of arson task forces. This course uses a learning management system for content delivery, assignments, and examinations - a laptop or tablet is required to attend this course.

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 federal, state or tribal arson laws, if any.

ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. 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" course (R0772 or R0206 - certificate dated after October 1, 2017).
  • 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-CFEI).
  • Successful completion (above 80%, 3.0 or B) of in-person, tested 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 toward this requirement. (CFI Trainers may not count toward this requirement.)


Successful completion of the following (4) modules (transcript MUST be submitted with application):

  1. Arc Mapping Basics.
  2. Basic Electricity.
  3. Electrical Safety.
  4. Residential Electrical Systems.

Applicants must provide a copy of their 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.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 13 - 18, 2024 Apply by 7/15 Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 13 - 18, 2025 Apply between 12/15/2024 - 1/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 15 - 20, 2025 Apply between 12/15/2024 - 1/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 24 - 29, 2025 NEW Apply between 3/15/2025 - 4/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland