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Advanced Diploma of Public Safety Fire Investigation PUA60913

Overview

This program has been developed in conjunction with Fire and Police agencies in Australasia and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC). This program provides accredited training in critical areas of fire investigation.

Qualification: Advanced Diploma of Public Safety Fire Investigation PUA60913
Program No: AD-FE29
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: Part-time delivery (approximately 2 days per week) over a two year period. The majority of this program will be delivered online (via CIT's online platform eLearn). Attendance at residential workshops may also be required.
Likely Job Outcome: Specialist fire scene investigators with technical expertise to undertake high complexity investigations.
Application Type: Register Your Interest
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Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To enter this program you must:
- be a member of an Australasian Fire or Police agency or an agency that has representation on the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
AND
- be working in an Emergency Services or Policing related agency and have support from your host organisation.

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Transition Information

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Subject Cancellations/Changes

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Subject Information

Core - Complete 12

  • PUAFIR605A  Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE146
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to manage, inspect and assess a mobile property fire to determine the origin and the cause. It includes identifying, collecting, preserving and securing evidence relevant to the investigation; conducting a thorough
      Prerequisites: FOSC207 PUALAW002B CONDUCT INITIAL INVESTIGATION AT INCIDENT SCENE
      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR606A  Apply principles of combustion and fire dynamics to fire scene investigation
    • CIT Code: FIRE147
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to apply the principles of fire science and fire dynamics to a fire scene investigation. It includes chemistry of combustion, fire physics and behaviour.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR607A  Apply electrical/electronic knowledge to fire investigations
    • CIT Code: FIRE148
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to inspect and assess a fire scene to determine whether the origin and possible cause of fire is related to the presence of electrical installations and appliances, in accordance with agency procedures.
      Prerequisites: FIRE146 PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B CONDUCT INITIAL INVESTIGATION AT INCIDENT SCENE
      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR609A  Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
    • CIT Code: FIRE150
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to record and document physical evidence collected at a fire scene and to coordinate the analysis process in line with agency requirements. This unit does not address the technical and forensic analysis of evidence
      Prerequisites: LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR610A  Manage imaging and electronic data
    • CIT Code: FIRE151
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to electronically record evidence at a fire investigation scene. It includes the use, collection and selection of media, and the analysis and management of associated data. "
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW003B  Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • CIT Code: FOSC136
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW004B  Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • CIT Code: LEGL147
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAOHS002B  Maintain safety at an incident scene
    • CIT Code: OHSS432
      Cost: $50.00
      Description:
      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR215B Prevent injury
  • CPPSEC3028A  Compile investigative report
    • CIT Code: FOSC323
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to organise and present information gathered by surveillance or factual investigation. It requires the ability to organise and evaluate gathered information and data and prepare and present reports a
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG411A  Gather information through interviews
    • CIT Code: PSAD252
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit covers gathering information through interviews that do not result in a formal record of interview in the legal sense.  Interviews may be conducted in a range of locations for a range of reasons. They may be overt or covert. The unit includes preparing for the interview, conducting the interview, and reviewing and correlating interview information.  Verbal questioning and other interactions undertaken outside a formal interview structure are not addressed in this unit as these are covered in other communication units in the Training Package, such as PSPGOV412A Use advanced workplace communication strategies .  In practice, gathering information through interviews may overlap with other generalist or specialist public sector work activities such as acting ethically, exercising regulatory powers, applying government processes, gathering and analysing information, assessing compliance, receiving and validating information, etc.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR608A  Investigate fatal fires 
    • CIT Code: FIRE149
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to undertake an investigation of a fire involving a fatality/ies.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • POLFOR021  Use and maintain specialist forensic equipment
    • CIT Code: FOSC341
      Cost: $200.00
      Description: This unit is a restricted Police unit of competency. Content of restricted Police units of competency is not published on the National Register. Public access to these units of competency has the potential to compromise Police operations. Content of these units is maintained separately and is only available to persons authorised by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), visit their website available in the links.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - Group A

Complete a minimum of 1 elective from this group including all additional pre-requisite requirements.
  • PUAFIR603A  Determine origin and cause of wildfire
    • CIT Code: FIRE144
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to undertake wildfire scene examination and assessment to determine the path, origin and cause of a wildfire based on fire behaviour, weather conditions, topography and fuel load. It includes identifying and recove
      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR215B Prevent injury
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B CONDUCT INITIAL INVESTIGATION AT INCIDENT SCENE
      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR604A  Determine origin and cause of structure fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE145
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to manage the inspection and assessment of a structure fire to determine the origin and the cause. It includes the excavation and examination of fire debris, identifying and recovering evidence relevant to the fire
      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
      FIRENEW PUAFIR215B Prevent injury
      FIRENEW PUAFIR203B Respond to urban fire
      FIRENEW PUAFIR302B Suppress urban fire
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B CONDUCT INITIAL INVESTIGATION AT INCIDENT SCENE
      HESC462 HLTFA311A Apply first aid
      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene

Electives - Group B

Complete a minimum of 2 electives from this group including all additional pre-requisite requirements
  • PUAFIR501B  Conduct fire investigation and analysis activities
    • CIT Code: FIRE159
      Cost: $240.00
      Description:
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR612A  Undertake post-incident analysis
    • CIT Code: FIRE153
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to manage or participate in the analysis of an incident subsequent to the event. The analysis would review all pre/actual/post aspects of the event. This unit is not intended to address post-incident analysis of op
      Prerequisites: FIRE146 PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B CONDUCT INITIAL INVESTIGATION AT INCIDENT SCENE
      FOSC323 CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report
      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAPOLFC005B  Prepare and submit forensic documentation
    • CIT Code: FOSC138
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:

      You will learn to prepare and submit documentation relating to forensic examinations. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. NFPA (not for public access) * This unit has been assigned not for public access (NFPA), which means that it is not publicly available – it is only available through request via the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) website (http://w

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • POLFOR017  Contribute to and comply with quality systems
    • CIT Code: FOSC132
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:

      This unit is a restricted Police unit of competency. Content of restricted Police units of competency is not published on the National Register. Public access to these units of competency has the potential to compromise Police operations. Content of these units is maintained separately and is only available to persons authorised by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), visit their website available in the links.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Additional Pre-requisites

The following pre-requisite units are additional to the program requirements. Students who enter this program have previously undertaken internal training in the workplace and have acquired the skills and knowledge to apply for recognition or credit transfer for the majority of pre-requisite units in this program.

Students who have not completed the required pre-requisite units will either need to enrol into the unit/s or complete a recognition process if they are able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

  • PUAFIR203B  Respond to urban fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE160
      Cost: $340.00
      Description:

      This unit covers the competency for responding to an urban fire where offensive and defensive strategies are used, when working as a member of a team, under direct supervision.

      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • PUAFIR207B  Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
    • CIT Code: FIRE161
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit covers the competency required to select, don, operate and maintain breathing apparatus equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere.

      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR215 Prevent injury
  • PUAFIR302B  Suppress urban fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE162
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit covers the competency required to work as a member of a team under limited supervision when suppressing an urban fire.

      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR203B Respond to urban fire
      HESC462 HLTFA311A Apply first aid
  • PUAFIR303B  Suppress wildfire
    • CIT Code: FIRE155
      Cost: $160.00
      Description:

      This unit covers the competency required to work as a situation-aware member of a crew to apply appropriate fire control strategies and safe work practices to extinguish a wildfire, participate in mop-up and patrol operations, and prepare equipment for the next crew.

      Prerequisites: FIRE154 PUAFIR204B Respond to wildfire
  • PUAFIR204B  Respond to wildfire
    • CIT Code: FIRE154
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit covers competency for responding to a wildfire when working as a member of a team, under direct supervision. "
      Prerequisites: FIRENEW PUAFIR215 Prevent injury
  • PUAFIR215  Prevent injury
    • CIT Code: FIRE163
      Cost: $20.00
      Description:

      This unit covers the competency required to identify and avoid workplace hazards and risks, to maintain personal safety and to report identified issues to supervisors and team members.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW001B  Protect and preserve incident scene
    • CIT Code: LEGL202
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required, on arrival at the scene of an accident or incident, to conduct initial assessment, take action to maintain public safety and preserve the scene, and note and record details and information. The unit is particularly applicable in cases where organisation personnel are the first to arrive at the scene of an accident or incident.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW002B  Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
    • CIT Code: FOSC207
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUACOM009B  Manage media requirements at major incident
    • CIT Code: COMM460
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit covers the development of a media strategy and the management of the media and provision of information for a major incident. "
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR611A  Process and analyse fire scene data and laboratory results
    • CIT Code: FIRE152
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to receive data from scientific practitioners, to process and analyse findings and to determine the origin and cause of fire. It includes understanding scientific process, analysis and laboratory results. "
      Prerequisites: FIRE150 PUAFIR609A Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene

Related Courses

Bachelor Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)
Non-Accredited Training Evaluation of Security Documents

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au