National Association of Fire Investigators

July 16-19, 2018 in Charlotte, NC 2018 Advanced Fire Investigation Training Program

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Our 2018 International Advanced Fire Investigation Training Program explores the relationship between the requirements of NFPA 1033 and the science of NFPA 921. For more than 25 years, NAFI has been there since day one at the forefront of the development of NFPA 921. Look to NAFI for superior training and technical resources.

The Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, NFPA 1033, mandates that an investigator have up-to-date training in 16 areas. This International Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Training Program hits all 16 and how they relate to NFPA 921, This program features advanced lectures in Applied Fire Dynamics, Electrical, Interview Techniques and many others. Lectures are dynamic, compelling and USEFUL. Students are presented a mix of both advanced theory and its practical applications.

Again For 2018!

Electronic Seminar Handouts No more heavy books. The seminar materials will be distributed on a Flash Drive. Printed handouts are available for $50 (pre-order) or $100 (at the conference). Printed books will be distributed on the first day of class.

CFEI Recertification

This program completely satisfies the NAFI CFEI recertification requirements. No need to sit for the CFEI exam again, unless you are more then one year past due on your Re-cert

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

Special 1-Day Post-Program Advanced Course $250.00

Certified Fire Investigation Instructor (CFII)
This course centers on instructor methodology as it relates to the field of fire investigation.

The certification examination will be held at the end of this one-day training program. .

The special one-day post-program seminar, offered on July 20, 2018, may also be taken separately from the main four-day program.

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The CFEI exam will be offered to approved applicants on Thursday afternoon.

Conference Fees

A single $50.00 discount is available for early registration, NAFI Members or Multiple Registrations. 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.


Monday, July 16, 2018

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Welcoming Remarks – Ronald Hopkins
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Fire Scene Safety – Ronald Hopkins
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Fire Scene Documentation – Nick Smith
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Fire Chemistry and Fire Dynamics – Jason Sutula

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 AM Fire Chemistry and Fire Dynamics – Jason Sutula
12:00 PM -1:30 PM Lunch on your own
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM – Expert Testimony and Report Writing – Randy Watson
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM – Appliance Failure Fires – Michael Beasley
6:30 PM - Annual General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Origin and Cause Determination – Randy Watson
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch on your own
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Explosion Dynamics – Ronald Hopkins
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM CFEI Study Session – Kathryn Smith

Thursday, July 19, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Basic Electricity - Thomas Bajzek
12:00 PM Closing Remarks – Ronald Hopkins and Kathryn Smith
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CFEI Exam

Friday, July 20, 2018

CFII One Day Course

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Part I
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Part II and CFII Exam


Conference Details

Fees for the Training Program should be prepaid by check, or credit card. Prepaid fees are fully refundable up until June 14, 2018; thereafter, individual registrants may be substituted, but refunds will not be made.

This registration is NOT a reservation but a commitment to attend and pay for the training program. Registrants who do not cancel or transfer their registration by July 6, 2018, will be charged a $200 “No-Show” fee.

The training program will be held at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park. A special group block rate of $129 has been arranged with the hotel on a first come basis.

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

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About the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park

Book online through the hotel's website or by phone at 704-527-8000 and use the discount code "FIRE" to enjoy a special attendees-only room rate of $129.00

5624 Westpark Dr. | Charlotte, NC 28217

Optional Textbooks

For advanced shipment of these materials please order them directly from the NAFI store.

        NFPA 921 - Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2017 ed. (available for pick up only unless ordered through the NAFI store)
        NFPA 1033 - Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators, 2014 ed. (available for pick up only unless ordered through the NAFI store)
        CFEI Study Guide - PDF Format (will be emailed)
        Printed Course Materials (no advanced shipment available)


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: 2014 Edition - A must for your library. $35.00
  • NFPA 921 - Edition 2017 - Newest Edition of NFPA 921 $100.00
  • Printed Program Materials - For Conference Attendees Only $50.00

Conference Forms