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Become a Member

Brad Henson is the Director of Membership.

To become a member of the Chapter download the application below and email or mail it to the address listed on the application.

 If you have questions about membership you can contact Brad.

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Alex Koenen
John Mattox
Richard Oglesby
Chuck Jacobs
Dennis Cranor
Joe Rich
Mike Schlatman
Bruce Brazzle
James Jimerson
William Harper III

George Gurley
Donald Kimsey
Vern McNatt
Ed Redmon
George Rogge
Dean Price
Charles Shrader
Bill Kegin
Paul Markley


All active Chapter members are eligible for education scholarships to attend Chapter sponsored trainings. The scholarship only covers the cost of the training itself and not travel, food or lodging.

Once you are approved for a scholarship, you can enroll and pay for a training event. Once you successfully complete the training, you will receive the scholarship reimbursement.

Get Certified.


To become an IAAI-CFI®, the applicant must:

  • Attain at least 150 points on the IAAI-CFI® application through documented achievements in education, training, and experience. Every point claimed on the application must be documented by certificate, diploma, reference letter, transcript, or other acceptable method.
  • Earn a 70% passing grade on a comprehensive, “closed book,” proctored examination that is based on every job performance requirement in NFPA 1033: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator. The application must be approved prior to sitting for the examination.

Investigators who hold the IAAI-CFI® certification are required to re-certify every five years by completing a Recertification Application. A minimum of fifty (50) points must be obtained since the last certification date. Twenty (20) points must come from work experience and twenty (20) points from training (includes two® modules). The renewal applicants are not required to retake the exam if they send in their applications before the expiration date.


To apply for the IAAI-FIT® designation, complete the IAAI-FIT® application and return it to IAAI as directed, with the application fee. To become an IAAI-FIT®, the applicant must:

  • Have a minimum of 18 months of general experience in a fire investigation-related agency or industry.
  • Have completed a minimum of 44 hours of tested training.
  • Provide documentation of meeting minimum requirements including experience, training, and education.
  • Pass a comprehensive examination with a score of 75% or above, once the application has been approved.

The minimum 44 hours of tested training must be obtained via either Track A or Track B.


To apply for the IAAI-ECT designation, complete the IAAI-ECT application and return it to IAAI as directed, with the application fee. To become an IAAI-ECT, the applicant must meet the following requirements within the five years preceding the application:

  • Have a minimum of 18 months of general experience in a fire investigation related industry
  • Have collected 12 items of forensic evidence (must be supported with documentation)
  • Complete a minimum of 29 hours of tested training, including the following mandatory classes from CFITrainer.Net®:
    • DNA (3 hours)
    • Documenting the Event (4 hours)
    • Ethics and the Fire Investigator (3 hours)
    • Evidence Examination: What Happens at the Lab? (4 hours)
    • Introduction to Evidence (4 hours)
    • NFPA 1033 and Your Career (2 hours)
    • Physical Evidence at the Fire Scene (4 hours)
    • The Practical Application of the Relationship Between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921 (2 hours)
    • The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation (3 hours)
  • Pass all critical elements and achieve a minimum score of 70% on each of the 10 components of a practical exam. Practical examinations are scheduled periodically throughout the year and will be listed on the training page.

To apply for the IAAI-CI designation, complete the IAAI-CI application and return it to IAAI as directed, with the application fee. To become an IAAI-CI, the applicant must:

  • Complete an extensive application that includes providing documentation of meeting the minimum program requirements of 150 points including minimum point thresholds in education and work experience; training (required and elective), and practical teaching/facilitation experience. With the exception of education and work experience and instructor training courses, all material submitted for credit should be for teaching/training completed within the five year period immediately preceding the application. The specific requirements are as follows.
    • Education and Experience: (Minimum of 30 points)
    • Training: (Minimum of 70 points, one point per hour of testing), including required training:
      • Instructor Training Course (minimum of 24 contact hours)
      • CFITrainer.Net® – “Ethics and the Fire Investigator” Module (3 hours)
      • CFITrainer.Net® – “The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation” Module (3 hours)
    • Practical Teaching Experience: (Minimum 30 points)
    • Reference Evaluation: (Minimum 10 points)
  • Achieve a passing score of 75% on the comprehensive examination as established by the IAAI.