National Association of Fire Investigators

September 18-21, 2023 in Lexington, KY 2023 Vehicle Fire Investigation Training Program


Registration for this program will open March 1, 2023

The 13th Vehicle Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Science and Technology Seminar is designed to meet the training requirements for the Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator Certification Program established by the National Certification Board. The investigation of fires and explosions in motor vehicles is a specialized aspect of fire investigation requiring specific knowledge and expertise. Our panel of NAFI instructors will present illustrated lectures covering such topics as:

  • Basic Vehicle Operation
  • Vehicle Research
  • Information Sources
  • Electrical Systems
  • Scene Documentation
  • Vehicle Documentation
  • Fuel Systems
  • Vehicle Fuels
  • Vehicle Accident Documentation
  • Use of Computer Programs
  • Post-crash Fuel Fed Fires
  • FMVSS Standards
  • SAE Standards
  • “Black Box” Crash Data Retrieval
  • “Hands-On” Field Examinations
  • Staged Vehicles & Live Burns
  • Case Evaluation of Stage Vehicles
  • Vehicle Recalls - Service Bulletins
  • Vehicle Products Liability

This program’s focus is on proper investigation techniques for motor vehicles as outlined in the Motor Vehicle Fires chapter of NFPA 921 - Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

Electronic Seminar Handouts

No more heavy books. The seminar materials will be distributed on a Thumb Drive only.

This year's program is Organized by Investigations Institute and Sponsored by NAFI.

CFEI and CVFI Examinations

The CFEI examination will be offered on September 19, 2023 in conjunction with this NAFI sponsored training program. In order to take the examination, the applicant must be a member of NAFI and should submit a completed CFEI application to the NAFI office. Every applicant must meet the requirements of the National Certification Board and must pay an additional $75.00* fee. (This is a $50 discount off the regular fee).

The CVFI examination will be offered on September 21, 2023. In order to take the examination, the applicant must be a member of NAFI and a CFEI and should submit a completed CVFI application to the NAFI office. Every applicant must meet the requirements of the National Certification Board and must pay an additional $75.00* fee.

Registrants may sit for both exams at the training program.

 Health and Safety Measures

The health and safety of all involved are of the utmost importance at NAFI training programs. NAFI  will be following the CDC and local recommendations/safety guidelines by limiting the number of registrations, following social distancing during classroom activities, and having disposable masks and hand sanitizer available. NAFI will also be working closely with the hotel in regards to housekeeping and sanitizing issues. Please understand that these measures may change.

Conference Fees

$825 - A single discount is available per registration. For NAFI Members ($100) or Multiple Registrations ($50). Conference fees include all course materials on a Thumb-drive. Fees DO NOT include lodging.


Certification Exams

During this conference the following certification exams will be offered.


Conference Details

This year's training program will be held at the Hilton Lexington. All field day activities will be held at the Scott County Fire Department Training Grounds. Transportation will be provided to and from the training grounds.

All invoices are due upon receipt. Prepaid fees are fully refundable until August 17, 2023; thereafter, individual registrants may be substituted, but refunds will not be made. Your registration is NOT a reservation but a commitment to attend and pay for the Training Program. Registrants who carry a balance due may have their registration cancelled if we go on a Waiting List after being sold out.

Special room rates of $145.00 per night (single or double) have been arranged at the Hilton Lexington. This rate is on a first come basis and the hotel will likely sell out. The special room rate is available until August 17, 2023 or until sold out, which ever comes first. Hotel reservations should be made by calling 1-859-231-9000.

*By Submitting your registration you agree to be included in the training program participant list.

About the Hilton Lexington

Book by phone at 859-231-9000 to enjoy a special attendees-only room rate of $145.00

369 West Vine St. | Lexington, KY 40507

Optional Materials

The following supplemental material are available for pre-order. You may select these items on your registration form.

  • CFEI Practice Exam & Study Guide - Prepare for the CFEI Exam $14.00
  • NFPA 1033 - 2022 Edition - The newest edition of NFPA 1033! $55.00
  • NFPA 921 - 2021 Edition - The newest edition of NFPA 921! $110.00

Conference Forms