THE IAAI-CFI PROGRAM
The Virginia Chapter – IAAI has supported the IAAI – Certified Fire Investigator program for more than twenty years. We are not the certifying body, but we do have instructors and proctors to facilitate the preparation and administration of exams to obtain the IAAI-CFI certification.
For more information on assistance available for the VA IAAI, contact Bob Henderson at (540) 256-1575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Certified Fire Investigator Program of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) has the following objectives:
Recognition of Professional Standards of Achievement in Fire Investigation Theory and Practice by Government and Private Sector Fire Investigators.
Encouragement of Continued Education and Training in the Field of Fire Investigation.
Increased Professional standing in the Fire Investigation Field.
Identification of the sources of Professional Knowledge for the Theory and Practice of Fire Investigation, Related Fields and the Laws and Regulations governing or affecting Fire Investigation.
The International Association of Arson Investigators seeks to acknowledge demonstrated competence in all phases of fire investigation, as held by numerous individuals from many fields, both public and private. This goal is accomplished by awarding points for achievements in Education, Training and Experience as they relate to Fire Investigation. These point totals are subject to maximums in each of these areas, which further assure substantial field experience as opposed to a primarily academic or theoretical background.
A test has been developed covering the various job requirements for fire investigators, as identified in NFPA Document 1033. An applicant must achieve minimum levels of Education, Training and Experience in fire investigation to be eligible to challenge the examination. Recertification opportunities are provided for CFIs who demonstrate continued Education, Training and Experience.
Membership in the IAAI and/or a state or provincial chapter of the IAAI is not required to become an IAAI CFI or to recertify.
Certification as a Fire Investigator by the IAAI does not determine whom shall engage in the practice of the investigation of fires and explosions, nor does it substitute for any licensing or registration required by law. The IAAI has no intention of determining who shall engage in the practice and profession of Fire Investigation. That a person is not certified does not indicate that he or she is unqualified to perform fire investigations, only that such person may have not fulfilled the requirements, or has not applied, for Certification.
The official mailing address of the Investigator Certification Program is:
International Association of Arson Investigators
Certified Fire Investigator Program
2111 Baldwin Avenue, Suite 203
Crofton, Maryland 21114
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