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

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

Indicative Cost: $1,570
Likely Job Outcome: Specialist fire scene investigators with technical expertise to undertake high complexity investigations.
Application Type: Register Your Interest
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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 (12 Core and 3 Electives)

Core - Complete all 12 subjects

  • 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 analysis of evidence; and making an informed cause determination.
      Prerequisites:

      LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B Conduct initial investigation at 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
      FIRE150 PUAFIR609A Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
      FIRE144 PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire OR
      FIRE145 PUAFIR604A Determine origin and cause of structure fire

  • 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: 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: $60.00
      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: $50.00
      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: FIRE163 PUAFIR215 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 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: $100.00
      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: $80.00
      Description: This unit covers the competency required to undertake an investigation of a fire involving a fatality/ies.
      Prerequisites: FIRE146 PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      FIRE150 PUAFIR609A Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
      FIRE144 PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire OR
      FIRE145 PUAFIR604A Determine origin and cause of structure fire
  • 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 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: LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
      FIRE155 PUAFIR303B Suppress wildfire
  • 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: LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
      FOSC207 PUALAW002B Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
      FIRE162 PUAFIR302B Suppress urban fire

Electives - Group B and Other

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: 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.
      Prerequisites: LEGL202 PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
  • 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 operational activities.
      Prerequisites: FOSC323 CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report
      FIRE146 PUAFIR605A Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      FIRE144 PUAFIR603A Determine origin and cause of wildfire OR
      FIRE145 PUAFIR604A Determine origin and cause of structure fire
  • 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: FIRE161 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: FIRE163 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: HESC462 HLTFA311A Apply first aid
      FIRE 160 PUAFIR203B Respond to urban fire
  • 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: FIRE163 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: This unit covers the competency required to gather and collate information and obvious and accessible physical evidence from the scene of an incident and identifying potential witnesses.
      Note: It does not cover the specialist skills required to interpret the evidence gathered, or the specialist skills required to gather specific evidence.
      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
  • HLTFA311A Apply first aid
    • CIT Code: HESC462
      Cost: $65.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.
      Prerequisites: Nil

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