National Credential
Credential: Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Credentialing Agency: National Association of Fire Investigators

The focus of the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) is to provide a formal and standardized evaluation system for identifying and recognizing those individuals who have the minimum professional training, education and experience to investigate fire and explosion incidents and/or participate in the civil and criminal litigation which ensues from such investigations and analyses. Candidates must have a high school diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent and pass a written examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12M Firefighter MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Association of Fire Investigators
857 Tallevast Road
Sarasota, FL  34243
Phone: (877) 506-NAFI
Fax: (941) 351-5849
Email: membershipservices@nafi.org

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

The applicant must demonstrate that he/she has a high school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent certification.

The Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • The applicant must be a member in good standing of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI).
  • The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that he/she is of good moral character and will honor the principles set forth in the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI).
  • The applicant must demonstrate that he/she affirms the intent and objectives of the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) certification program as established by the National Certification Board.

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

  • Basic Methodology
  • Basic Fire Science
  • Fire Patterns
  • Building Systems
  • Electricity and Fire
  • Building Fuel Gas Systems
  • Fire-Related Human Behavior
  • Legal Considerations
  • Safety
  • Sources of Information
  • Planning the Investigation
  • Documentation of the Investigation
  • Physical Evidence
  • Origin Determination
  • Fire Cause Determination
  • Analyzing the Incident for Cause and Responsibility
  • Failure Analysis and Analytical Tools
  • Explosions
  • Incendiary Fires
  • Fire and Explosion Deaths and Injuries
  • Appliances
  • Motor Vehicle Fires
  • Wildfire Investigations
  • Marine Fire Investigations
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Classification of Fire Causes
  • Management of Complex Investigations

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) credential has the following recertification information:

Applicants must select one of the below options for recertification:

  • The applicant must have attended a minimum of one (1) NAFI Sponsored Training Program in its entirety, within the past five (5) years OR
  • The applicant must demonstrate that a minimum of forty (40) hours of additional professional education and training, which focuses on the field of fire and explosion investigation and analysis, was received within the past five (5) years OR
  • The applicant must demonstrate that a minimum of twenty (20) hours of instructing professional education and training, which focuses on the field of fire and explosion investigation and analysis, was completed within the past five (5) years.