Arson Investigation Level 1

Course Hours: 80.0 Hours

Course Description

This course instructs students on the fundamental aspects of arson investigation. Topics include behavior of fire, motivation of the fire setter, photography, evidence collection, point of origin, and interview/interrogation techniques. Taught by experienced arson investigators, this program is one of the most comprehensive arson investigation courses available and is recognized by the National Fire Academy.


1.) Law enforcement students must have completed basic mandate and are certified as peace officers. Fire service students must be certified as a Firefighter 1 by either Georgia Fire Standards and Training Council or by the National Professional Qualifications Pro Board. 2.) The students must present a letter of recommendation from their agency head or supervisor stating the following: (1) the applicant will be responsible for investigating fire scenes for cause and origin and determination of accidental or intentional fire, (2) the applicant is an employee of the agency and has at least six months experience on the job, and (3) an attached copy of the applicant's NCIC/GCIC criminal history dated within the last 12 months prior to application that verifies they do not have a criminal record. 

Who Should Attend

Students who are, or will be, assigned to investigate the cause and origin of fires, and who will be responsible for determining if the fire was accidental or intentional in nature are eligible to attend this course after verification of their prerequisites.

Special Notes

This course is required for state and national certifications.

The letter of recommendation and criminal history must be forwarded to course coordinator, prior to the first day of class, via email at 

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
08/03/2020 08/14/2020 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
02/01/2021 02/12/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
07/26/2021 08/06/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon