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Fire Investigator Course

February 24 - February 28

Fire Investigator Class


The Division of Fire Safety developed the original Fire Investigator course and certification program in 1986 because of the devastating effects of fire and arson, along with the need for a comprehensive training program for individuals committed to determining fire cause. The current course, which is based on the NFPA 1033 standard, was designed to provide education in fire investigation, with various opportunities to combine experience with training obtained during the course. The course assists students with completing the relevant classroom exercises and practical skills, as well as preparing them to take the state Fire Investigator Certification Examination.


This 40-hour course is offered three times a year or as resources permit. Topics discussed include accidental and incendiary fire causes, juvenile firesetting, legal aspects, and interview and interrogation. Successful completion of the course and practical skills exam are required for eligibility to take the division’s Fire Investigator Certification Examination. The student must achieve a score of 70 percent on the exam to qualify for certification. The requirements for Fire Investigator I certification are based on NFPA 1033-2009.


Preregistration is required and must be submitted and approved prior to the start of the course. This course is open to interested individuals who have met all prerequisites and submitted completed applications with required documentation attached. Classes are limited to a maximum of 25 students. For course information and how to register for this course, refer to the Fire Investigator certification booklet and application (see Page 4 of the Fire Investigator booklet) or contact the division’s Training and Certification Unit at (573) 522-2426. Applicants will be notified prior to the course of their acceptance and any additional instructions.

As an approved provider of POST continuing education credit, the division has formatted this course to meet in-service continuing education hours for law enforcement representatives.

Fire Investigator Certification Exam
The written exam for this level consists of 100 multiple-choice questions referenced to the NFPA 1033-2009 standard and the Division of Fire Safety’s Investigator curriculum. Preparation for the exam should include a review of Fire Behavior, Building Construction, and Hazardous Materials Awareness curriculum. Students have two hours to complete the written exam. The student must achieve a score of 70 percent on the exam to qualify for certification. The practical skills exam is to be completed during the Fire Investigator Course.

Fire Investigator certification is internationally accredited by IFSAC and Pro Board.

To apply for this course, email ron.thompson@dfs.dps.mo.gov for a registration form.


Currently certified investigators may attend selected portions of the course in order to obtain recertification credit hours. Contact the division for more information on recertification course attendance.


 Completion of classes in the areas of Fire Behavior, Building Construction and Hazardous Material – Awareness, OR Division of Fire Safety’s Fire Inspector certification. Submit verification with application.

  • Equivalent training/experience (such as college or NFA classes) may be substituted at the discretion of the Division of Fire Safety. A minimum of 24 hours applicable to fire investigation and/or law enforcement will be considered for attendance to the course.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in some phase of fire service, fire prevention, fire investigation, or criminal investigation. Experience may be in public or private sector.
  • A letter of recommendation for course attendance and certification from the applicant’s supervisor listing applicant’s job description and length of service.
  • Applicant must be of good moral character and shall not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.

For more information please visit:  https://dfs.dps.mo.gov/programs/training/fire-investigator.php


February 24
February 28
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Missouri Division of Fire Safety Training and Certification Unit
(573) 522-2426


Columbia College
550 Blues Lake Pkwy
Rolla, MO 65401 United States
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