Accreditation, Certification, and Certificates
This program provides a primer on accreditation, certification, and certificates for fire investigation training.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard in the spring of 2020, training opportunities in fire investigation were significantly impacted. The conferences and in-person classes that many professionals rely on to build their knowledge, remain in compliance with NFPA 1033, and maintain their credentials were cancelled. Because CFITrainer.Net has been delivering training online for twenty years, we were able to fill some of that gap immediately and are grateful to have had that role. Fire investigation organizations quickly explored ways to take their in-person classes virtual and existing platforms like Zoom took off in an instant. Demand for training on CFITrainer.Net has never been stronger and we are always humbled by the trust the profession places in us for quality, vetted, accessible training.
Over the last year, the IAAI has had tremendous success offering its in-person classes virtually. Offering this live instruction with a recorded version has made the training accessible to a wider range of professionals who previously weren't able to travel to in-person classes and has decreased the cost of attending classes for those who had come in person in the past. Moving forward, IAAI is resuming its live in-person classes as COVID restrictions in local jurisdictions permit. But it's also become clear that continuing to offer live classes virtually so anyone, anywhere can attend from their computer benefits the fire investigation profession, IAAI membership, and the wider community of professionals who work in the investigation of fires.
To that end, the IAAI has built out a new capability on CFITrainer.Net to deliver virtual live classes and events permanently. Previously, virtual live classes and events were done as one-offs on Zoom with a separate testing component on the CFITrainer platform. Now, the live classes and events are being delivered through CFITrainer.Net, integrated with Zoom for delivery and IAAI's FireArson.com portal for registration, with certificate testing, post-event resources, and class replays all available on CFITrainer.Net.Everything is now accessed through CFITrainer.Net using your existing login. As virtual live classes and events become available for registration, you will see them added to your Available Programs list.
When you attend a virtual live class and pass the Skills Challenge test to earn your certificate of completion, that class is automatically added to your CFITrainer.Net transcript. If you register but have to miss the class, you simply log in after the class to watch the recorded version, then take the certificate test and access the post-event resources. Bringing live classes and events under the CFITrainer.Net umbrella gives you one central place to access all your online training, whether it's pre-recorded modules, live classes and events, resources, or this podcast. It also makes replays and post-event resources easily available. And, you'll have the certificate and transcript entry to prove your completion of the live class and event alongside everything else you have taken at CFITrainer.Net.
You must be registered with CFITrainer.Net to access the live classes and events you have registered for. If you have not previously registered for a class from the IAAI, you will have to create an account in the IAAI FireArson.com portal the first time you register for a class. You will also need a Zoom account (the free one is fine) to attend the virtual live class sessions.
If you are an IAAI member with both a firearson.com login and a CFITrainer.Net login, the email address you use to log into both platforms must match for you to be able to use the new live classes and events feature. In April 2021, IAAI emailed instructions on how to make these emails match to all active IAAI members. If you did not receive those instructions or are having problems registering for live classes and events, please file a support ticket.News Archive
This program provides a primer on accreditation, certification, and certificates for fire investigation training.
This module covers how CNG, LNG, LPG, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles work and their implications for fire investigation.
A fire occurred on the night of Feb. 20, 2003, in The Station nightclub at 211 Cowesett Avenue, West Warwick, Rhode Island.
Arc Mapping, or Arc Fault Circuit Analysis, uses the electrical system to help reconstruct a scene, providing investigators with a means of determining the area of a fire’s origin.
This module introduces basic electrical concepts, including: terminology, atomic theory and electricity, Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law, AC and DC power.
A fire occurred on the evening of June 18, 2007, in the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC that resulted in the deaths of nine fire fighters.
This module looks at the many ways fire investigators enter and grow in the profession through academia, the fire service, law enforcement, insurance, and engineering.
This module will present a description of the IAAI organization.
This module looks at four of the most commonly-reported accidental fire causes: cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical distribution, and smoking materials.
This program brings three highly experienced fire investigators and an attorney with experience as a prosecutor and civil litigator together for a round table discussion.
This module introduces the elements of a deposition, discusses typical lines of questioning, and describes how to prepare for a deposition.
This module proposes effective ways to respond to the most common questioning tactics employed by opposing counsel in a deposition.
The program discusses the basics of digital photography for fire investigators as well as software and editing procedures for digital images intended as evidence.
This self-paced program is an introduction to discovery in civil proceedings such as fire loss claims and product defect lawsuits.
This self-paced program is an introduction to discovery in criminal proceedings.
This module covers the foundation of DNA evidence: defining, recognizing, collecting, and testing.
This program provides a practical overview of how to perform the baseline documentation tasks that occur at every scene.
This module will discuss the techniques and strategies for conducting a proper science-based fire scene investigation and effectively presenting an investigator’s findings in court as an expert witness.
This program explains the basic principles of how electric and hybrid vehicles are designed and work, including major systems and typical components.
This program discusses common failure modes, evidence handling procedures, and safety protocols for electric and hybrid vehicles.
This module presents critical electrical safety practices that every fire investigator should implement at every scene, every time.
In this program, we will look at emerging technologies that fire investigators are integrating into their daily investigative work with great success.
This self-paced program examines the fire investigator's ethical duties beyond the fire scene.
This module discusses the intersection of social media, ethics, and the relationship of what’s legal to what’s ethical in decision-making.
Should you work for a private lab as a consultant if you are on an Arson Task Force? How about accepting discounts from the local hardware store as a “thanks” for a job well done on a fire they had last year?
This module takes investigators into the forensic laboratory and shows them what happens to the different types of fire scene evidence that are typically submitted for testing.
This module teaches the foundational knowledge of explosion dynamics, which is a necessary precursor to investigating an explosion scene.
This module addresses the foundations of fire chemistry and places it within the context of fire scene investigations.
The program is designed to introduce a new Palm/Pocket PC application called CFI Calculator to users and provide examples of how it can be used by fire investigators in the field.
This module discusses the mass loss and deformation effects of heat on fuels. Each fire effect is defined, explained, described in the context of a fire scene, and related to implications for fire pattern analysis that informs origin and cause determination.
This module discusses the fire effects of combustion by-products that cause discoloration and smoke deposition on surfaces. Each fire effect is defined, explained, described in the context of a fire scene, and related to implications for fire pattern analysis that informs origin and cause determination.
This module explains fire flow path and discusses the effects of ventilation, fuel availability, and the modern fire environment on that flow path.
This module provides a road map for fire officers to integrate and navigate their fire investigation duty with all their other responsibilities and describes where to obtain specific training in fire investigation.
The evaluation of hazards and the assessment of the relative risks associated with the investigation of fires and explosions are critical factors in the management of any investigation.
This module will describe the most commonly encountered fire protection systems.
This module presents best practices in preparing for and conducting the informational interview with witnesses in the fire investigation case.
This module provides instruction on the fundamentals of residential building construction with an eye toward how building construction affects fire development.
This module provides introductory information on the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard – 29 CFR 1910.120.
This module teaches first responders, including fire, police and EMS, how to make critical observations.
This module helps the investigator understand how IGL canine teams are trained and worked so investigators can work in partnership with the handler to conduct a search successfully and safely in accordance with best practices.
The program examines the importance of assessing the impact of ventilation on a fire.
This program discusses how to access insurance information, understand insurance documents, ask key questions of witnesses, and apply the information learned.
This module offers a basic introduction about how some selected major appliances operate.
This program introduces the fire investigator to the issues related to the collection, handling and use of evidence related to a fire investigation.
This program takes you inside the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) archives of some of the most interesting and instructive test burns and fire model simulations they have ever conducted.
This program describes the scope of the youth-set fire problem, how fire investigation addresses it, and the fire investigator’s responsibilities in a youth-set fire case.
This module provides a thorough understanding of the ways an investigation changes when a fire-related death occurs.
This self-paced program will help you understand what to expect at a fire where an LODD has occurred, what your role is, how to interact with others, and how to handle special circumstances at the scene.
This program will introduce the fire investigator to the basic methodologies use to investigate vehicle fires.
This module discusses investigating a fire when natural gas is present, including natural gas as an ignition and fire spread source, documentation, and system testing.
This module discusses the juvenile justice system, legalities of interviews and interrogations, arson statutes, search and seizure, and confidentiality.
This program explains what lithium-ion batteries are, how they are constructed, where they are used, safety concerns, and how they can cause fires and explosions.
This program discusses the latest developments in expert testimony under the Daubert standard, including the MagneTek case decided in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals.
This module focuses on how to manage investigations that have “complicating” factors.
This module uses the Motive, Means, and Opportunity case study to demonstrate how responsibility is determined in an arson case.
This program covers the general anatomy of a motor vehicle and a description of typical components of the engine, electrical, ignition, and fuel systems.
This program describes the function and major components of a motor vehicle’s transmission, exhaust, brake, and accessory systems.
The 2022 edition of NFPA 1033 and the 2021 edition of NFPA 921 contain changes from their previous editions that are critical to the practice of fire investigation. This module discusses the highlights of those changes and their implications for fire investigation.
This module educates the investigator about NFPA 1033’s importance, its requirements, and how those requirements impact the fire investigator’s professional development.
This module discusses how photovoltaic systems work, how they are designed and installed, and how to safely interact with them when investigating a fire scene.
The program illustrates for the fire investigator, how non-traditional fire scene evidence can be helpful during an investigation.
This module describes ventilation-controlled fire flow and interpretation of postflashover fire damage patterns.
This module demonstrates the investigative potential of information stored on electronic devices.
This module explains the relationship between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921
This module lays the groundwork for understanding marine fires by covering four basic concepts that the investigator must understand before investigating a marine fire.
In this module, you will learn more about how cancer develops, what occupational exposure risks to carcinogens exist at fire scenes, and how to better protect yourself against those exposures.
The use of the process of elimination in the determination of a fire cause is a topic that has generated significant discussion and controversy in the fire investigation profession.
This module teaches the basics of the electrical power generation, distribution, and transmission system.
This module presents the basics of natural gas and its uses and system components in a residence.
The basics of the scientific method are deceptively simple: observe, hypothesize, test, and conclude.
This module explains the principles of search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, as contained in the amendment and according to subsequent case law, and applies them to typical fire scene scenarios.
This module describes how to conduct a site safety assessment, identify potential hazards, craft a plan to mitigate risks, and act so you do not bring the hazards home.
This module addresses the foundations of thermometry, including the definition of temperature, the scales used to measure temperature and much more.
This program presents the results of flame experiments conducted with a candle.
This self-paced program explains to non-investigators the role of the fire investigator, what the fire investigator does, how the fire investigator is trained, what qualifications the fire investigator must meet.
This program untangles the meanings of “undetermined,” explains its correct usage, and describes how to properly report “undetermined” fire cause and classification.
This module will advise fire investigators on how to approach the fact-finding procedures necessary and validate a hypothesis.
This module provides an overview on how structures can become vacant and eventually abandoned.
This self-paced program provides a basic framework for structuring the management of fire cases and fire investigators.
This module illustrates how wildland fires spread, explains how to interpret burn patterns unique to these types of fires.
This module presents the key elements of the initial origin and cause report and methods of clearly presenting findings in a professional manner.