Arson Investigator

An arson investigator examines fire-destroyed structures and evidence to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Several schools offer certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs to train students in arson investigation.

The certificate programs in arson investigations typically take 4-8 months to complete. We allow other school credits earned to be applied toward a diploma program. 

This program is intended for law enforcement or  fire fighting professionals seeking education or certification in the fire investigation.

Applicants are usually required to only possess a high school diploma, though some certificate programs require employment or experience in a fire-related occupation. Prior to enrolling in some courses, students might need to fulfill prerequisite coursework or certification training specific to fire investigation.

Program Coursework

Arson and fire investigation programs cover fire behavior, analysis techniques and documentation. Students learn how to conduct a comprehensive investigation using industry tools and technologies. Courses teach students how to prepare for and provide appropriate court testimony regarding investigation methods and findings. Some common course topics include:

  • Criminal investigation
  • Fires and explosions
  • Arson analysis and investigation
  • Hazardous materials
  • Electrical fires
  • Motor vehicle fires

The PITI Mission

The mission of the Private Investigator Training Institute is to educate and prepare students for employment in the investigative fields.