Skip to Content
Live Chat
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: 4 semesters (approx. 11 hours per week of formal study AND approx. 8 hours unsupervised on-the-job learning).
Cost Info:

2018 - Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

2019 - New enrolment fee arrangements will be introduced. The $40 Services and Amenities fee will be included in the total subject costs. Indicative program cost may vary slightly and the subject costs displayed will also change. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance.

Indicative Cost: $1,570
Likely Job Outcome: Specialist fire scene investigators with technical expertise to undertake high complexity investigations.
Enrolment Type: Register Your Interest
Share:

Additional Information

You are required to attend CIT for a 6-day practical residential workshop towards the end of the qualification. The workshop includes practical exercises and assessment regarding fire scene/crime scene processing and recording; preparing legal briefs or evidence and presenting evidence in court.

Students will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation and travel for the 6-day practical residential workshop. This workshop is usually held once each year in November.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To enter this program you must:

Be working in a Fire Investigation role as you will be required to carry out work based activities to complete the course

AND

Be a member of an Australasian Fire or Police agency that has representation on the Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council (AFAC) or obtain a reference from an AFAC member

If you are a sponsored student and your workplace is paying for you to study, you must have support from your host organisation.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 15 subjects

Core: complete all 12

  • PUAFIR605A   Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE146
      Cost: Profile $64.50
      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 analysis of evidence; and making an informed cause determination.
      Prerequisites: PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
      PUALAW002B Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
  • PUAFIR606A   Apply principles of combustion and fire dynamics to fire scene investigation
    • CIT Code: FIRE147
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $86.00
      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. It includes identifying sources of evidence, collecting and documenting that evidence in preparation for analysis, and developing findings and conclusions.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire
      PUAFIR604A Determine origin and cause of structure fire
      PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      PUAFIR609A Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
  • PUAFIR609A   Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
    • CIT Code: FIRE150
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      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: PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR610A   Manage imaging and electronic data
    • CIT Code: FIRE151
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $107.50
      Description: This unit covers the competency to prepare evidence, present evidence and follow up on the outcomes of proceedings.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW004B   Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • CIT Code: LEGL147
      Cost: Profile $64.50
      Description: This unit covers the competency to prepare evidence, statements and submissions, select and arrange witnesses and brief counsel.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAOHS002B   Maintain safety at an incident scene
    • CIT Code: OHSS432
      Cost: Profile $53.75
      Description: This unit covers the competency to recognise potential health and safety risks and take action to eliminate or control those risks at incident scenes, to prevent injury to self, other personnel or members of the public.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR215 Prevent injury
  • CPPSEC3028A   Compile investigative report
    • CIT Code: FOSC323
      Cost: Profile $43.00
      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 and attachments in a format suitable for review and dissemination. This unit may form part of the licensing requirements for persons engaged in investigative work in those states and territories where these are regulated activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PSPREG012   Gather information through interviews
    • CIT Code: PSAD252
      Cost: Profile $107.50
      Description: This unit describes the skills required to gather information through interviews. It includes preparing for and conducting interviews and reviewing and correlating information.This unit applies to those working in regulatory roles within the public sector involved in information gathering through interviews.The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.Those undertaking this unit would work independently as part of a team, performing complex tasks in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR608A   Investigate fatal fires
    • CIT Code: FIRE149
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to undertake an investigation of a fire involving a fatality/ies.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire
      PUAFIR604A Determine origin and cause of structure fire
      PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      PUAFIR609A Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
  • POLFOR021   Use and maintain specialist forensic equipment
    • CIT Code: FOSC341
      Cost: Profile $215.00
      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: complete minimum 1

  • PUAFIR603A   Determine origin and cause of wildfire
    • CIT Code: FIRE144
      Cost: Profile $129.00
      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 recovering evidence relevant to a wildfire investigation, packaging items of evidence for examination and conducting an analysis of evidence to identify the cause and origin of a wildfire.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR303B Suppress wildfire
      PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
      PUALAW002B Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
  • PUAFIR604A   Determine origin and cause of structure fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE145
      Cost: Profile $129.00
      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 investigation, packaging items of evidence for examination and conducting a thorough analysis of fire behaviour, development and travel, and gathering evidence to establish fire cause.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR302B Suppress urban fire
      PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
      PUALAW002B Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
  • PUAFIR501B   Conduct fire investigation and analysis activities
    • CIT Code: FIRE159
      Cost: Profile $258.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to respond to an incident and to undertake a preliminary fire investigation prior to the arrival of a specialist fire investigator. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR612A   Undertake post-incident analysis
    • CIT Code: FIRE153
      Cost: Profile $86.00
      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 operational activities.
      Prerequisites: CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report
      PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire
      PUAFIR604A Determine origin and cause of structure fire
      PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
  • POLFOR017   Contribute to and comply with quality systems
    • CIT Code: FOSC132
      Cost: Profile $215.00
      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

Related Courses

Bachelor Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)
Diploma Forensic Identification (Document Examination) 10732NAT
Diploma Forensic Identification (Biometrics) 10732NAT
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