Certified Fire Investigator

Application Process

Effective July 1, 2017

Use the application below for the new CFI application process. The application is form fillable and can be saved and then emailed to monna.gillespie@ncdoi.gov

CFI Application

Effective January 14, 2020 There is no longer a NC FIT equivalency application process.

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission approved the new CFI recertification program at their January 11th Meeting. 

The moratorium for recertification will be lifted July 1, 2022.  All currently certified CFI’s will be required to follow the new recertification requirements.  All certified CFI’s will have five years from July 1, 2022 to complete the new requirements. 

CFI Recertification Policy

CFI Approved Training Classes

CFI Continuing Education Course Submittal Policy

Fire Arson Investigator Course Approval Form

Tier I Approved Courses

NC IAAI Advanced Investigative Approaches 
NC IAAI Fire Investigative Approaches 
NC Fire Inspector I 
NCETR Advanced Origin and Cause/Court Room Testimony 
NCJA Interview and Interrogation 
IAAI Expert Witness and Court Room Testimony 
NFA RO811 Fire Investigation for Company Officers 
NFA RO255 Fire Investigations: Electrical Systems  
NFA RO204 Fire Investigation: Fire Dynamics and Modeling 
NFA RO214 Fire Investigation Forensic Evidence 
NFA RO208 Fire Investigation: Interview and Testimony 

Tier II Approved Courses 

NC Hazardous Materials Technician 
NFA or Equivalent Chemistry of Hazardous Materials 
NCJA Chemical Processing and Advanced Photography 
NCJA Crime Scene Investigation 
NCJA General Criminal Investigations 
NCJA Recognizing Insurance Fraud  


NC FIT certification is a prerequisite for the NC Certified Fire Arson Investigator Certification and must be completed prior to applying for the NC Certified Fire Arson Investigator.