First off, yes, I recognize the irony in the acronym for the IAAI's new Fire Investigation Technician program.

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The Fire Investigation Technician Program is designed to verify an applicant’s fundamental knowledge as measured against core job performance requirements of established professional qualification standards for fire investigators defined in NFPA 1021, NFPA 1033, and NFPA 1037.

The applicant must provide documentation of meeting minimum requirements including experience, training, and education. Upon approval they must successfully pass a comprehensive examination.

REQUIREMENTS

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 18 months of general experience in a fire investigation related agency or industry.

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Minimum of 44 hrs of tested training

Track A

Mandatory classes from CFITrainer.net:

Ethics Module (3 hours)

Fire and Explosives Investigation: Utilizing NFPA 1033 and 921 Module (4 hours)

Approved Comprehensive Fundamental Fire Investigations Course (40 hours)

OR

Track B

Mandatory classes from CFITrainer.net:

Ethics Module (3 hours)

Fire and Explosives Investigation: Utilizing NFPA 1033 and 921 Module (4 hours)

Scientific Method Module (3 hours)

Documenting the Event Module (4 hours)

General Tested Training: 30 Hours

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION: An examination that is based upon core job performance requirements outlined above. A score of 75% or above must be achieved to successfully pass the exam.

APPLICATION FEES:

Members: $90.00 USD (after 12/31/09)

Members, pay an introductory rate of $70.00 USD if you apply by 12/31/09!



Non-Members: $185.00 USD

Sign up for membership now and save!



http://www.firearson.com/membership/MemberBenefits.asp

RENEWAL: All holders of this professional designation must renew their designation every three years. Documentation of 18 months of general work experience and 48 additional hours of tested training must be provided. The renewal applicants will not be required to retake the exam.

This professional designation program is specifically designed to provide recognition for those who are at work in the field of fire investigation. A separate Certified Fire Investigator program (IAAI–CFI) is available through IAAI for those who are active as expert witnesses and have greater work experience. For information call the IAAI at 1-800-468-4224 or email iaaioffice@firearson.com.

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If you are a young guy looking to get a start on a career in fire investigation, this program is a great way to start. If you have questions, please PM me or email me at wendtcfi@optonline.net