Seminar Title

Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, NFPA 1033

Dates of Events

07/12/2022 through 07/13/2022

Last Updated: 05/24/2022
Instructor(s): Steve Riggs
Location: Sachse Fire-Rescue - 3815-D Sachse Road, Sachse, TX 75048
Hotel: Holiday Inn Dallas-Garland - 5110 N. President George Bush Highway, Garland, TX 75040
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Event Detail-2
Steve Riggs
Steve Riggs, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI & CFII Certified
State of Oklahoma (Retired)
Steve Riggs retired after twenty-two years of Law Enforcement, and Fire Service Experience in Oklahoma. Steve has been examining fire scenes for 40 years. Steve holds a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management, and has extensive training in Fire Cause Determination, Criminal Investigation, Arson Investigation, Evidence Processing, Interviewing Techniques, and Case Management. He is a Certified Police and Fire Instructor and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor. Mr. Riggs has successfully been involved in many Fire/Arson Prosecutions in Oklahoma and was involved in a Federal Prosecution. To date, he has never lost an Arson Case. Steve has authored and co-authored several fire training manuals and written “A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921 User’s Manual 2nd Edition”. Steve lectures nationally to Local, State, Federal Agencies, Insurance Companies, Private, and Military Investigators, Prosecutors, Vehicle Manufacture Represent-atives and their Engineers. Steve is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator
NFPA® Educational Requirements for 1033

Course Objectives:

Fire investigators have been familiar with NFPA® 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigators for many years. Today, as an investigator, the question must be asked, can I assure the court, opposing counsel, and my agency or company that I meet the requirements of NFPA® 1033, Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, especially in the area of the post-secondary education requirements.
During this two day training module, the investigator will be provided with the necessary information to assure he/she meets the requirements of the NFPA® 1033 standard.
During this training module, attendees will receive necessary information to assure compliance for the pertinent requirements, the sixteen (16) post-secondary education requirements as listed in section 1.3.7, an overview of job performance requirements, and proper documentation of training methods to assure compliance when asked to provide documentation.

Upon Successful Completion:

Attendees will have been provided the necessary skills and knowledge to:
Demonstrate the ability to complete various tasks involving the job performance requirements.
The documentation to assure other interested parties, the attendee has met the post-secondary education requirements.
The attendee will be able to demonstrate their documentation pertaining to their received education and training. How to transfer training documentation into his/her CV to assure compliance with the standard.
Demonstrate how the investigators superiors evaluate, test, or check the investigators compliance with the standard, by those who are qualified and approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
Demonstrate compliance with the listed ASTM standards referenced in the standard.
Demonstrate a proper use of the systematic approach and the application of the scientific method.
A link to download resource information will be supplied to each attendee, including but not limited to, check sheets to ensure compliance with the standard.

Do you meet the 16 post-secondary education requirements? How will you answer the question that will be ask of you? Have you documented your education in each of the listed areas? These are serious questions that each investigator must be prepared to answer during depositions, or court room challenges.
NFPA 1033 is smaller & sometimes an overlooked standard which discusses the professional qualifications for investigators.
The 2014 standard discusses various tasks, job performance requirements, and post secondary educational requirements the investigator should possess.
It may be necessary in the future to assure documentation and compliance with the standard if questioned. If you meet the requirements and are in compliance with the standard.
We will cover the secondary education requirements beyond high school currently listing (16) sixteen training subjects in the 2014 edition.
Important: This two (2) day training module is presented in a very user friendly and easy to understand method of instruction. You will be able to put into immediate practice the skills you learn in this training while meeting the requirements discussed in the standard.
For NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators, and IAAI-CFI certified investigators, a post test will provided at the end of the seminar for continuing education points and hours.
For I.A.A.I. Certified Fire Investigators or those considering challenging the C.F.I. test, testing will be provided at the end of the seminar providing 4 points toward
continuing education.
For N.A.F.I. Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators a post test will provided at the end of the seminar for continuing education hours.

The Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.) Examination”
(National Association of Fire Investigators)

Certifications will be granted to those whose applications are accepted and pass the examination.
Applications for membership and certification will be available at the class.
For additional information, call the NAFI office (877) 506-NAFI or visit the Website at Membership fee is $55.00 per year and Certification cost is $125.00. You must be a member of NAFI to be eligible to take the certification test. The NAFI membership application can be completed and turned in with the certification test. You must remain an active NAFI member to maintain your certification status.
“Certification testing will be offered immediately following the first day of training”
Please go to to download the CFEI application and have completed prior to class. Bring completed application to the class.

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