Fire Investigation: Case Preparation and Testimony P0790

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 course is an intense, interactive, and realistic experience providing students with case development, case review, and the knowledge and skills to prepare to testify as an expert.

This course is offered in a blended format; students are assigned a cold case file 2 weeks prior to arrival with corresponding course work.  Once students arrive on campus, they will use the case file to complete an expert origin and cause report, from which, the student will provide testimony in a courtroom setting. NOTE: Students who fail to complete the pre-arrival, distance learning activities will be removed from the residence portion of the course and forfeit stipend reimbursement.

This course is designed to prepare individuals to present a case in a courtroom setting; appropriate courtroom attire is required.

Successful completion of this course satisfies the requirements of the International Association of Arson Investigators for Expert Testimony. This course expands upon concepts presented in Fire Investigation: Essentials (R0772).

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.

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.

It is recommended that Fire Investigation: Essentials graduates complete Fire Investigation: Technical Report Writing (M0774; and Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems (R0255/R0776); and Fire Investigation: Technical Aspects (R0778) prior to enrolling for this course.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following SECTIONS:
Successful completion of National Fire Academy‚Äôs "Fire Investigations: Essentials" (R0772) or R0206.
Additionally, successful completion (above 80%) of fire investigation training which totals 80 hours. (NFA courses R0204, R0205, R0206, R0214, R0255, may be counted toward this requirement.)
Successful completion (above 80%, 3.0 or B) of fire investigation specific training which totals 150 hours. Applicants must provide documentation (certificates) to reach the 150 hour level. (CFI Trainers may not count toward this requirement.)
Successful completion of the following CFI Trainer modules (transcript MUST be submitted with application):
- Ethics and the Fire Investigator
- Magnetek:  A Case Study in the Daubert Challenge
- Fundamentals of Interviewing
- Effective Investigation and Testimony
- Critical Thinking Solves Cases

Applicants must provide a copy of their CFITrainer.Net transcript and all 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