Priority will be reserved for federal, state and local fire service, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors who are primarily responsible for fire/arson and explosion investigation and/or prosecution. These personnel include:
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, if any.
1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
2. Successful completion of the following Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) Trainer modules (transcript MUST be submitted with application) through the CFI Trainer website (There are no costs or membership requirements to access these modules.)
Applicants must provide a copy of their CFI Trainer 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.
It's reportedly the best class of its kind in the country and I believe it. I felt I gained a really solid foundation for initiating and carrying out a fire scene investigation.