Virginia Fire Marshal Academy (VFMA)

The VFMA is a branch within the Virginia Department of Fire Programs responsible for the delivery of professional courses and development for public educators, fire inspectors, and fire investigators. Our branch delivers approximately 20 courses per year throughout the Commonwealth, including basic courses and professional development. The VFMA also is the approval conduit to certificate maintenance for NFPA 1031 and 1033 continuing education.

To register for any of the courses below, please find the course in Cornerstone OnDemand. Note: Review the course details when registering because there may be additional requirements beyond registering in Cornerstone OnDemand.

Please send all general correspondence, including course applications, course requests and transcript audit requests to FMA@vdfp.virginia.gov.

VFMA School Schedule 2024

Topic Location Class Starts Class Ends Registration Open Registration Closes
NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator Suffolk February 26, 2024 March 15, 2024 January 17, 2024 February 5, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1033

This 160-hour ProBoard certified course targets fire investigators, police officers, and company-level officers with a desire to learn more about determining the origin and cause of fire. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Determining the Point of Origin, Burn Patterns, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Interviewing Techniques, and Court Procedure and Testifying.  The Fire Investigator course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Virginia recognized Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry
Testing: Students must successfully complete written and practical skills testing. Details of the testing process will be provided on the first day of class.
Texts:  NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation

Required Equipment:  Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment, long sleeve shirt and pants, steel toe shoes / boots, leather gloves, hard hat and respiratory protection (N95, N100, or filter mask approved for carbon and asbestos), flashlight, notebook, pen / pencil, digital camera.
Hours: 160
Cost:   Priority 1: $100

NPFA 1031 – Fire Inspector Danville March 25, 2024 April 12, 2024 February 1, 2024 February 29, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1031

This 120-hour ProBoard certified course is designed for fire investigators and company-level officers who be responsible for conducting fire inspections, life safety surveys/inspection, and fire code enforcement for multi-occupancy structures. The Fire Inspector II course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1031 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, Chapter 5 “Fire Inspector II.” It is designed around classroom lectures and individual activities to provide the student the needed skills and knowledge to conduct multiple occupancy fire inspections.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry Process Certification
Requirements: Students must complete written and practical skills testing, homework assignments and participate in all practical exercises / activities.
Text: 2018 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, 2018 Virginia Building Construction Manual, Fire Prevention Inspection & Code Enforcement 4th Edition, David Diamantes
Hours: 120 hours
Cost: Priority 1 – $100

NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator Bedford April 15, 2024 May 3, 2024 February 1, 2024 March 1, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1033

This 160-hour ProBoard certified course targets fire investigators, police officers, and company-level officers with a desire to learn more about determining the origin and cause of fire. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Determining the Point of Origin, Burn Patterns, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Interviewing Techniques, and Court Procedure and Testifying.  The Fire Investigator course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Virginia recognized Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry
Testing: Students must successfully complete written and practical skills testing. Details of the testing process will be provided on the first day of class.
Texts:  NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation

Required Equipment:  Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment, long sleeve shirt and pants, steel toe shoes / boots, leather gloves, hard hat and respiratory protection (N95, N100, or filter mask approved for carbon and asbestos), flashlight, notebook, pen / pencil, digital camera.
Hours: 160
Cost:   Priority 1: $100

NPFA 1031 – Fire Inspector Loudoun May 6, 2024 May 24, 2024 March 1, 2024 April 1, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1031

This 120-hour ProBoard certified course is designed for fire investigators and company-level officers who be responsible for conducting fire inspections, life safety surveys/inspection, and fire code enforcement for multi-occupancy structures. The Fire Inspector II course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1031 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, Chapter 5 “Fire Inspector II.” It is designed around classroom lectures and individual activities to provide the student the needed skills and knowledge to conduct multiple occupancy fire inspections.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry Process Certification
Requirements: Students must complete written and practical skills testing, homework assignments and participate in all practical exercises / activities.
Text: 2018 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, 2018 Virginia Building Construction Manual, Fire Prevention Inspection & Code Enforcement 4th Edition, David Diamantes
Hours: 120 hours
Cost: Priority 1 – $100

NPFA 1031 – Fire Inspector VPSTC June 10, 2024 June 28, 2024 April 1, 2024 May 1, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1031

This 120-hour ProBoard certified course is designed for fire investigators and company-level officers who be responsible for conducting fire inspections, life safety surveys/inspection, and fire code enforcement for multi-occupancy structures. The Fire Inspector II course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1031 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, Chapter 5 “Fire Inspector II.” It is designed around classroom lectures and individual activities to provide the student the needed skills and knowledge to conduct multiple occupancy fire inspections.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry Process Certification
Requirements: Students must complete written and practical skills testing, homework assignments and participate in all practical exercises / activities.
Text: 2018 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, 2018 Virginia Building Construction Manual, Fire Prevention Inspection & Code Enforcement 4th Edition, David Diamantes
Hours: 120 hours
Cost: Priority 1 – $100

NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator VPSTC July 15, 2024 August 2, 2024 May 1, 2024 June 1, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1033

This 160-hour ProBoard certified course targets fire investigators, police officers, and company-level officers with a desire to learn more about determining the origin and cause of fire. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Determining the Point of Origin, Burn Patterns, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Interviewing Techniques, and Court Procedure and Testifying.  The Fire Investigator course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Virginia recognized Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry
Testing: Students must successfully complete written and practical skills testing. Details of the testing process will be provided on the first day of class.
Texts:  NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation

Required Equipment:  Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment, long sleeve shirt and pants, steel toe shoes / boots, leather gloves, hard hat and respiratory protection (N95, N100, or filter mask approved for carbon and asbestos), flashlight, notebook, pen / pencil, digital camera.
Hours: 160
Cost:   Priority 1: $100

NPFA 1031 – Fire Inspector Chesapeake August 12, 2024 August 30, 2024 June 1, 2024 July 11, 2024
Course Description

NFPA 1031

This 120-hour ProBoard certified course is designed for fire investigators and company-level officers who be responsible for conducting fire inspections, life safety surveys/inspection, and fire code enforcement for multi-occupancy structures. The Fire Inspector II course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1031 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner, Chapter 5 “Fire Inspector II.” It is designed around classroom lectures and individual activities to provide the student the needed skills and knowledge to conduct multiple occupancy fire inspections.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry Process Certification
Requirements: Students must complete written and practical skills testing, homework assignments and participate in all practical exercises / activities.
Text: 2018 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, 2018 Virginia Building Construction Manual, Fire Prevention Inspection & Code Enforcement 4th Edition, David Diamantes
Hours: 120 hours
Cost: Priority 1 – $100

Basic Law Enforcement Academy for Fire Marshals VPSTC August 19, 2024 November 8, 2024 June 1, 2024 July 15, 2024
Course Description

This advanced course is designed to develop current Fire Marshals within the guidelines outlined in §27-34.2:1. Police powers of fire marshals. Over the period of instruction, students will be exposed to a variety of classroom, field exercises, practicals, and examinations.

Prerequisites:     NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator 1033
Equipment:         A detailed list of equipment will be provided to confirmed students.
Hours:                 Approx. 400 hours
Cost:                   $300 – Includes the cost of a VFMA uniform, books, handouts, and forensic supplies.

NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator Dulles Area November 12, 2024 December 6, 2024 TBA  
Course Description

NFPA 1033

This 160-hour ProBoard certified course targets fire investigators, police officers, and company-level officers with a desire to learn more about determining the origin and cause of fire. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Determining the Point of Origin, Burn Patterns, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Interviewing Techniques, and Court Procedure and Testifying.  The Fire Investigator course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.

Prerequisites: Firefighter Level II and Virginia recognized Hazardous Materials Awareness OR VFMA Civilian Entry
Testing: Students must successfully complete written and practical skills testing. Details of the testing process will be provided on the first day of class.
Texts:  NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation

Required Equipment:  Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment, long sleeve shirt and pants, steel toe shoes / boots, leather gloves, hard hat and respiratory protection (N95, N100, or filter mask approved for carbon and asbestos), flashlight, notebook, pen / pencil, digital camera.
Hours: 160
Cost:   Priority 1: $100

Environmental Investigations Division 1 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

Environmental Investigations Division 2 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

Environmental Investigations Division 3 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

Environmental Investigations Division 4 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

Environmental Investigations Division 5 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

Environmental Investigations Division 6 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

Environmental Investigations Division 7 TBA
Course Description

A one week school designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility to investigate (by state or local authority) environmental situations, including illegal dumping or disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

Prerequisites:     Hazmat Awareness. Student must be 18 years of age.
Equipment:         SCBA, mask, and one spare bottle.
Hours:                 40
Cost:                   $25

1031 Bridge Re-Entry Class TBA TBA
Course Description

This program is intended for 1031 Fire Inspector accredited certificate holders seeking reciprocity to satisfy the requirements of Section 27.34-2 of the Code of Virginia regarding the authority to arrest, to procure and serve warrants of arrest and to issue summons or certificate holders that are classified as lapsed according to Virginia Certification Standard, Section 12VAC5-21-51 regarding issuance and maintenance of certificates.

Refer to the 1031 Bridge Flowchart for more information