Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators
Scott McDowell, IAAI-CFI®
Goshen Fire Department
Introduction | Certification and Testing
| IN-IAAI Certified Members
The IAAI Certified
Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI®) is the only accredited certification for Fire
Investigators. The Indiana Chapter promotes this Certification with diligence.
Deputy State Fire
Marshal Investigator Fred Sumpter, with the support of Chief Investigator Tom
Hinkle, and State Fire Marshal Tracy Boatright, challenged all Indiana fire
investigators to achieve this Certification. On August 21, 2002 the
Investigation Division of the Indiana State Fire Marshal became the first
agency internationally to have all fire investigators certified by the
The Certified Fire
Investigator Program of the International Association of Arson Investigators
(IAAI) has the following objectives:
professional standards of achievement in fire investigation theory and practice
by government and private sector fire investigators.
continued education and training in the field of fire investigation.
professional standing in the fire investigation field.
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.
More information on the IAAI-CFI® program
can be found on the CFI Trainer website.
For information on Certified Fire Investigation Technician, IAAI-FIT®, click here.
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.
The CFI program
awards 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 assures 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 before becoming
eligible to take the examination.
examinations are administered here in Indiana EVERY OTHER MONTH. Please
contact the IN-IAAI to be notified about upcoming
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.
Click here for complete information on the IAAI-CFI© Program
a Fire Investigator by the IAAI does not determine who 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.
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