NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector II Certificate

Compliance

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) requires continuing education as a component of maintaining compliance with state regulations relative to the NFPA 1031 and other certifications. All regulatory requirements, compliance, and verification are conducted by the Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy.

Maintenance

Compliance for adhering to continuing education requirements shall be tracked, documented, and maintained by the individual and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Furthermore, documented compliance with the continuing education requirements should be uploaded within the DHCD electronic database and the Cornerstone on Demand for retention, which is available for viewing through each user profile.

A minimum of 16 hours of continuing education shall be obtained every 24 months, in accordance with DHCD Continuing Education Policy. Refer to the “Acceptable Programs, Courses, and Activities” section for further guidance.

Courses must be approved by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) Virginia Fire Marshal Academy (VFMA) using the following process:

  1. Complete the online Continuing Education Request Form.
  2. The VFMA will assign a Cornerstone on Demand Session (CSOD) Number and respond to you via email within three business days.
  3. Upon completion of the course, email the completed roster and any additional documentation to the VFMA (FMA@vdfp.virginia.gov).
  4. Complete the DHCD Continuing Education Application for Certified Code Officials and Technical Assistants form and follow submission instructions.

NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator Certificate

Compliance

VDFP, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), has the authority to design, establish and maintain the required courses of instruction.

Maintenance

Continuing education requirements shall be tracked, documented, and maintained by the individual and the AHJ. Furthermore, documented compliance with the continuing education requirements should be uploaded within the Cornerstone on Demand for individual record retention, which is available for viewing through each user profile.

Accordingly, NFPA 1033 mandates that the fire investigator remain current in a variety of subject areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Acts of the Virginia General Assembly/ Legal Update
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Juvenile/Domestic Relations
  • Search and Seizure
  • Evidence Collection/Storage
  • Fire Science
  • Fire Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics/Thermometry
  • Fire Dynamics/Modeling
  • Explosion Dynamics
  • Fire Investigation Methodology
  • Fire Analysis
  • Hazardous Materials

Additional topics are available to localities to meet or exceed the minimum requirements. Courses must be approved by the VDFP VFMA using the following process:

  1. Complete the online Continuing Education Request Form.
  2. The VFMA will assign a Cornerstone on Demand Session (CSOD) Number and respond to you via email within three business days.
  3. Upon completion of the course, email the completed roster and any additional documentation to the VFMA (FMA@vdfp.virginia.gov).

Reciprocity

The VDFP will continue to assist agencies with obtaining reciprocity for individuals that have PROBOARD or IFSAC Fire Inspector and/or Fire Investigator certifications. Refer to the VDFP reciprocity policy.

Fire Investigators with Law Enforcement Powers

Compliance & Maintenance

Firearms qualification and requalification requirements shall be established by the AHJ and, after qualification through the VFMA, requalification should be consistent with DCJS requirements. A minimum of 40 hours of continuing education shall be obtained every 24 months from the date of certification that meets or exceeds the compulsory in-service training standards.

Reciprocity

The AHJ has the authority to determine reciprocity requirements and standards.

Reference Legislation

27-34.2. Power to arrest, to procure and serve warrants and to issue summons; limitation on authority.

27-34.2:1. Police powers of fire marshals.

6VAC20-30-30. Compulsory in-service training standards.