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NFPA 1033 – Fire Investigator

This course covers all of the required investigative competencies associated with NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, 2022 Edition. The course content covers all aspects of performing a fire investigation in accordance with NFPA 1033 including the Scientific Method, origin and cause determination, scene documentation, Fire scene safety, the chemistry of fire, building construction types, and fire scene reconstructions. This course also provides in-depth instruction in all aspects of assessing and investigating fire scenes relevant to fire protection services and adheres to the NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2014 Edition, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation.


Recommended: NFPA 921 – Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

What we offer

The purpose of this course is to specify, in terms of performance objectives, the minimum requirements for Fire and Explosion Investigators as set forth in the NFPA 1033 Standard. It’s aimed at fire department personnel, forensic identification personnel, explosive disposal personnel, insurance adjusters, provincial fire investigators, and CIB detectives, and graduates pursuing a career in the fire services.

The course content is presented in in a lecture format followed by practical evolutions required to assess candidate performance and competency sign-offs performed in a state-of-the-art training facility, for those participants looking to certify their investigative knowledge in the fire investigative field.

This course shall cover the requirements as stipulated in NFPA 1033 and includes the processes set forth in NFPA 921 and includes:

  • The legal requirements to conduct a scene examination
  • Understanding the basic principles of combustion
  • The scientific method
  • Burn pattern analysis
  • The processes for collecting physical evidence
  • Cause Determination
  • Explosion investigations
  • Vehicle fire investigations

The program examines  NFPA 921  theoretical components, which will be implemented and applied by the participant when he/she investigates a fire scene. In teams, participants will attend a fire scene and demonstrate knowledge when documenting, examining, sifting, reconstructing, and determining the cause of fire scenarios. Each team will present the cause of the fire scene investigation to their peers at the conclusion of the burn scenarios.

Course includes

  • Lunch daily
  • Practical investigation experience
  • Training in a state-of-the-art classroom
  • Reduced hotel rates
  • Central training location
  • Exam (optional)

Course duration

 5 days

Course hours 

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Payment must be made when registering for courses. We reserve the right to cancel seven days prior to any course in which the minimum registration is not achieved.

Students must bring

  • CSA steel-toed boots
  • Change of clothes for a practical training session
  • Laptop computer
  • Coveralls or turn-out gear is preferred
  • Digital camera and USB card
  • NFPA 1033 – 2022 Edition – Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator


$1,482.93 plus HST

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