We understand you might have a few questions. Below you will find answers to the questions most frequently asked by our members. Contact the Membership Services Office or call us at 1-877-506-NAFI if you have any additional questions.
The first time you visit the new NAFI.org you will set up your membership profile by logging in with your last name and the first 4 or 5 digits of your membership number (everything before the dash). After that you will log in with your email address and the password you chose.
No, NAFI does not have local chapters. The board of directors feels that the members of NAFI are best served with strong National Leadership, training with a single National Curriculum, and meetings and training programs with a diverse body of students and instructors. Other groups do have local chapter and we encourage our members to take advantage of both styles of associations.
A NAFI Membership is registered in the name of the member. Each member applying for membership needs to have their application individually reviewed and approved; therefore every new member must apply separately. Members often have certifications associated with their memberships and each of those achievements is held on an individual basis and follows the investigator throughout their career regardless of their employment.
Your renewal date is based on the date you joined NAFI. Our system does not allow for date changes at this time. If your employer can only pay invoices on a certain date make certain that you are paying ahead rather than after your expiration date to maintain your good standing.
We have found over the years that unfortunately a purchase order does not guarantee payment. It is not fair to the other members of NAFI for someone to get credit for a membership payment when the funds have not yet been received. We will sign a purchase order and return it to your department or company but you will not receive credit for a membership renewal until the funds reach the NAFI Membership Services Office.
At this time we cannot accept CFEI applications electronically. The National Certification Board requires a physical signature on the application. You must mail your application to the NAFI services office or present it in person at selected training programs.
Get training, schooling, experience, attend seminars, take classes, volunteer within your department, or find a good mentor. The CFEI designation is not for beginners-it is meant to recognize qualified fire and explosion investigators.
Designated proctors for the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) certification examination must be one of the following: faculty members of a private or public school system, private or public college or university; a government official; a member of the clergy; a testing center; or a current Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI). Designated proctors may not be a relative, supervisor, co-worker, or subordinate of the CFEI Applicant. It is your responsibility to find a proctor in your community.
Guidelines for Group testing: Appoint a leader who will collect all applications, review applications to make sure they are filled out completely and contain payment. All applications must be mailed together. Be sure to include your proposed testing date. Allow at least 4 weeks for NAFI to process applications, payments and send out exams. Only one proctor designation form is required.
No, The application fee is non-refundable. It is utilized to defray the associated costs of processing and reviewing the applicant’s application package, maintaining the records of the National Certification Board and administering the certification program.
Test results and membership certificates will arrive via mail in 4-6 weeks. You can follow the progess of your applications and exam by logging into your membership at NAFI.org. You will also be able to see unofficial results on the day your exam results are entered into our system.
Unfortunately, due to privacy issues we are unable to provide information on test results via phone or e-mail.
However, you can follow the progess of your applications and exam by logging into your membership at NAFI.org. You will also be able to see unofficial results on the day your exam results are entered into our system.
You will be eligible to retake the exam in six months. There is no additional cost for retesting and you may choose any proctor which meets the proctor requirements. When your six month waiting period has passed simply contact the NAFI office to make arrangements for your retest.
Don't panic. Re-read your form. The first notice of recertification is mailed out 1 Year in Advance. You will then receive a reminder 1 month prior to your due date. If you have all your training done go ahead and mail it in as soon as possible. If you have not completed your 40 hours of continuing education you have a year from the first notice to get it completed and mail in your form.
In order to ensure that persons holding the designation CFEI remain abreast of new developments in the Field of Fire Investigation, the general membership of NAFI voted in 1998 to require a minimum level of continuing professional education.
Re-certification dates are based on your original recertification date. Your recertification date is 5 years from your original date of certification. You can find your recertification status by logging into your membership here at NAFI.org
Any fire investigation related training with-in the five year period counts. Training can come from a variety of sources ... NAFI, IAAI, NFPA, Public Agency Training Council, Local Seminars, Organized Employer Sponsored Training Programs.
A good rule of thumb is a class counts if you ...
Get a certificate when it is concluded,
You take and pass a exam at the end of a class,
You receive a passing grade for it,
It counts as a CEU for another National, State or Local Certification,
It counts as a CEU for another Fire Investigation related professional organization, you are the instructor.
You must meet the minimum requirements. Once you have completed additional training to meet the requirements you may apply to have your certification re-instated. If you are unable to attend training you may be able to recertify by re-testing. Contact membership services for more details.
No. Hours must be earned within the 5 year period, they cannot be saved for a future Re-cert. If you are scheduled to Re-Certify in 2009, only courses taken between 2004 and 2009 count. When you re-certify again in 2014 only courses taken between 2009-2014 will be considered.
No. The National Certification board has decided that no one is exempt from re-certification. Regardless of much field experience you have; you must provide documentation of the appropriate amount of training.
No. You are responsible for keeping track of your own hours and submitting to completed Re-Certification form when it is sent to you. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff or the storage capabilities to track your hours for you. Items faxed or mailed without the proper recertification form will be discarded.
This certification is only offered in conjunction with the 8-hour CFII Program offered several times per year. The class contains valuable information assembled specifically for the test and its course materials are the only study materials for the exam. It is not offered by proctor or by credentials review.
The Board of Directors decided to make this a biennial program for two reasons…First, this program is a very complicated and time consuming to produce. Our staff and instructors put in many weeks of work prior to the program just getting all the arrangements together. Second, vehicle investigation is a specialized and advanced field and there just isn’t enough demand for a class every year.
In addition to our regularly scheduled National Training Programs, our NAFI instructors may occasionally teach our curriculum at programs put on by outside organizations. You must apply to the NAFI board of directors IN WRITING at least one year in advance of the date you would like to have training. You must outline the type of training you would like to hold, the number of students, the cost per student, the facility in which you’d like to have the program, and who would be coordinating the program on the local level. The program must not conflict with existing NAFI training programs or NFPA national and 921 Committee meetings. You would be responsible for all local arrangements and all travel and lodging costs for the instructors; NAFI will develop a custom curriculum, supply the course materials, at cost, and the instructor’s time.