Our 2019 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 2019!

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 Certification

NAFI is pleased to offer the CFEI exam at the conclusion of this training program to qualified applicants. This training program in not a CFEI test prep course and attendance at this program will not guarantee approval of your CFEI application. This training program is not required for approval of the CFEI application. For complete requirements please refer to the CFEI application.

CFEI Re-certification

This program completely satisfies the NAFI CFEI re-certification 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 19, 2019, may also be taken separately from the main four-day program.

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This schedule is subject to change

Conference Fees

A single $50.00 discount is available for early registration (before 04/01/2019), current NAFI Members or Multiple Registrations. Conference fees include all course materials on a thumb drive. Fees DO NOT include lodging.


Certification Exams



July 15 - Monday

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Welcoming Remarks and Introductions – Ronald Hopkins and Kathryn Smith
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Legal Considerations for Fire Investigations – Brian Henry  
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Fire Scene Documentation – Nick Smith
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch provided
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Fire Chemistry and Fire dynamics – Jason Sutula

July 16 - Tuesday

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fire Chemistry and Fire dynamics – Jason Sutula
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch provided
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Fire Scene Safety – Ronald Hopkins
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Appliance Failure Fires – Michael Beasley
6:30 PM Annual General Membership Meeting

July 17 - Wednesday

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Origin and Cause Determination – Ryan Cox
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch provided
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Explosion Dynamics – Ronald Hopkins

July 18 - Thursday

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

CFII One-Day Course - July 19 - Friday

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CFII course part 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch provided
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CFII course part 2 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, 2019; 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 attend the training program and/or transfer their registration by July 3, 2019, will be charged a $200 “No-Show” fee.

The training program will be held at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport. A special group block rate of $130 has been arranged with the hotel on a first come basis.

All invoices payments are due by July 3, 2019

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

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About the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport

Book online through the hotel's website or by phone at 410-694-0808 and use the discount code "IFIRE" to enjoy a special attendees-only room rate of $130.00

1739 W. Nursery Rd. | Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

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