This multi-program certificate helps both new and experienced investigators to improve essential knowledge and skills that are necessary to form a strong foundation of fire investigation knowledge by completing twenty required online modules. To complete each program required for the “Principles of Fire Investigation” multi-program certificate, view all the sections of each required module, complete the required readings, and pass the Skills Challenge test. Once all modules have been completed, a downloadable certificate will become available in the User Console, on the user's Completed Programs page, and on the certificate's main page. The multi-program certificate, once completed, is also added to the transcript.
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 looks at four of the most commonly-reported accidental fire causes: cooking equipment, heating equipment, electrical distribution, and smoking materials.
This program untangles the meanings of “undetermined,” explains its correct usage, and describes how to properly report “undetermined” fire cause and classification.
This module explains fire flow path and discusses the effects of ventilation, fuel availability, and the modern fire environment on that flow path.
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 educates the investigator about NFPA 1033’s importance, its requirements, and how those requirements impact the fire investigator’s professional development.
This module addresses the foundations of fire chemistry and places it within the context of fire scene investigations.
This module teaches the foundational knowledge of explosion dynamics, which is a necessary precursor to investigating an explosion scene.
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.
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 program provides a practical overview of how to perform the baseline documentation tasks that occur at every scene.
This module presents best practices in preparing for and conducting the informational interview with witnesses in the fire investigation case.
This program introduces the fire investigator to the issues related to the collection, handling and use of evidence related to a fire investigation.
The program illustrates for the fire investigator, how non-traditional fire scene evidence can be helpful during an investigation.
This program discusses how to access insurance information, understand insurance documents, ask key questions of witnesses, and apply the information learned.
This module presents the key elements of the initial origin and cause report and methods of clearly presenting findings in a professional manner.
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.