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NFPA 1033 FAQs

  • Is accreditation available?
    1. Yes, Pro-Board accreditation is provided by the College of the Rockies to candidates that successfully complete a practical and written examination. There is a fee for the certificate which is normally included in the course registration fee.
  • After successful completion, how long does it take to receive the Pro-Board accreditation certificate?
    1. The College of the Rockies issues the Pro-Board completion certificates three or four times a year so it depends where they are in their cycle. It can take up to four months after the completion of the course but normally certificates are delivered within 90 days. The certificates are sent to students via registered mail. All students receive an attendance certificate during the classroom portion of the course.
  • Is there an online learning component and approximately how many hours does it take?
    1.  There is an online portion that should be completed before the start of the classroom instruction. The online material takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete, with an exam after each unit. Access to this online portion is provided to registered students approximately four weeks prior to the start of the classroom instruction.
  • What is the format of the five days of classroom instruction?
    1. Students receive three days of classroom instruction. This is followed by a two day practical component where they are divided into smaller groups to set a fire and then investigate the cause of another cubicle fire. Students then complete a report and present their findings, which is the practical examination component. The written exam is 100 multiple choice questions that is completed after the classroom portion of the course.
  • What materials/supplies do students need to bring to the course?
    1. We’ll advise all students about the supplies they are required to bring approximately six weeks before the start of the course. These supplies usually include the following:
      1. Textbook/reference materials
      2. Laptop
      3. Camera
      4. Suitable personal protective clothinbg for a fire investigation (steel toe boots, hard hat, gloves and eye protection, etc.)
      5. Half mask respirator with cartridge filters is the minimum requirement; however, a full-face respirator is preferred if available
  • What is the textbook for the course?
    1. NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations and Kirk’s Fire Investigation by Dr. John DeHaan were used in the development of this course and should be referenced in preparation for the course. These resources should also be available to you when conducting fire investigations.
    2. Jones and Bartlett NFPA 1033 Fire Investigation, 4th Edition was used in addition to the above noted in development of the online material.
    3. Manuals can be purchased through the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association Bookstore at https://afca.ca/book-store or by calling 1-866-457-9011. 

Students should have as a minimum technical resource NFPA 921.

  • How can we host a course at our fire department?
    1. If your fire department is interested in working in association with FireWise to host an NFPA 1033 Fire Investigation course in your area, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Successful completion of this course is the first step in becoming a Certified Fire Explosion Investigator.  More information on this can be found at https://www.nafi.org/certification/CFEI