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Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation) PUA60919

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.
This qualification is designed for firefighting professionals performing fire investigations which involve a range of activities such as conducting investigations, analysing fire origin and cause and attending judicial hearings. It typically involves the use of specialised equipment, resources and services.
To enter this program, students must be working in a fire investigation role.

Qualification:

Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation) PUA60919

Program No:

AD-HS12

Campus:

CIT Bruce 

Duration:

This course can be completed in 4 semesters part-time.

Cost Info:

Further information about fees is available at Course fees and assistance

Likely Job Outcome:

Specialist fire scene investigators with technical expertise to undertake high complexity investigations.

Application Type:

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Additional Information

You are required to attend CIT (Bruce) 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.

Skills Recognition

Entry Requirements

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.

Pre-requisites

Before undertaking this qualification, you must achieve the following pre-requisite units by credit transfer or skills recognition:

*PUALAW001 Protect and preserve incident scene
*PUALAW002 Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
*PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
*PUAFIR302 Suppress urban fire
*PUAFIR303 Suppress wildfire

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

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 4 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Foundation Skills.

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 20 subjects

Core: Complete all 12

  • CPPSEC3028A   Compile investigative report
    • CIT Code: FOSC323
      Cost: Full fee $140.00
      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
  • POLFOR021   Use and maintain specialist forensic equipment
    • CIT Code: FOSC341
      Cost: Full fee $945.00
      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
  • PSPREG012   Gather information through interviews
    • CIT Code: PSAD252
      Cost: Full fee $340.00
      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
  • PUAFIR605   Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE166
      Cost: Full fee $210.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to manage, inspect and assess a mobile property fire to determine origin and cause. For the purposes of this unit mobile property includes aircraft, farm machinery, caravans, campervans, marine craft, motor vehicles, trains, trams, trucks and buses.The unit focuses on developing and applying a systematic approach to fire investigations in a mobile property context. It includes coordinating mobile fire investigations, securing fire scenes, preserving evidence, conducting analysis of evidence and making informed fire cause determinations and is applicable to fire investigators who are required to determine the origin and cause of a mobile property fires.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUALAW001 Protect and preserve incident scene
      PUALAW002 Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
  • PUAFIR606   Apply principles of combustion and fire dynamics to fire scene investigation
    • CIT Code: FIRE167
      Cost: Full fee $280.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to apply the principles of fire science and fire dynamics to a fire scene investigation. It includes applying principles of fire chemistry, chemistry of combustion and fire behaviour. The unit is applicable to the work of a specialist fire investigator.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR607   Apply electrical/electronic knowledge to fire investigations
    • CIT Code: FIRE168
      Cost: Full fee $280.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge 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. It includes identifying sources of evidence, collecting and documenting evidence in preparation for analysis, findings and conclusions. The unit applies to fire investigators who are required to assess a fire scene to identify the presence of electrical circuits, equipment or appliances that may have contributed to the cause of fire.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR603 Determine origin and cause of wildfire
      PUAFIR604 Determine origin and cause of structure fire
      PUAFIR605 Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      PUAFIR609 Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
  • PUAFIR608   Investigate fatal fires
    • CIT Code: FIRE169
      Cost: Full fee $280.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to undertake an investigation of a fire involving fatalities. It is applicable to specialist fire investigators who are required to apply a systematic approach to the investigation of fatalities at a fire scene.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR603 Determine origin and cause of wildfire
      PUAFIR604 Determine origin and cause of structure fire
      PUAFIR605 Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
      PUAFIR609 Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
  • PUAFIR609   Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
    • CIT Code: FIRE170
      Cost: Full fee $280.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to record and document physical evidence collected at a fire scene and to coordinate the analysis of physical evidence to meet organisational requirements. The unit focuses on developing and applying a systematic approach to the recording and documenting of physical evidence collected at a fire scene and the coordination of the analysis. It is relevant to specialist fire investigators, it does not address the technical and forensic analysis of evidence.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUALAW001 Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUAFIR610   Manage imaging and electronic data
    • CIT Code: FIRE171
      Cost: Full fee $280.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge 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.The unit focuses on developing and applying a systematic approach to electronically recording physical evidence at a fire investigation, using a range of media. Application of this unit is relevant to specialist fire investigators who are required to determine the origin and cause of fires. The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW003   Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • CIT Code: FIRE172
      Cost: Full fee $340.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to prepare and present evidence and follow up on the outcomes of proceedings.The unit applies to personnel who may be called as a witness in relation to specific incidents, this may include detailing incident events including operational and organisational procedures. It does not apply to an ongoing role in the presentation of evidence.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUALAW004   Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • CIT Code: FIRE173
      Cost: Full fee $210.00
      Description: This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to prepare evidence, statements and submissions, select and arrange witnesses and brief counsel.The unit applies to personnel with responsibility for managing organisational response for a judicial or quasi-judicial setting. It is not applicable to personnel with a legal representation role or who are presenting evidence in defence of organisational procedures.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAWHS002   Maintain safety at an incident scene
    • CIT Code: FIRE174
      Cost: Full fee $170.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to recognise potential health and safety risks and to then act to eliminate or control those risks at incident scenes and to prevent injury to self, other personnel or members of the public.The unit is applicable to public safety personnel attending an incident scene and links to the individual´┐Żs duty of care responsibility to maintain personal safety and to be aware of how actions affect the safety of others including team members, other agency/organisational personnel and the public.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR210 Prevent injury

Electives: Complete 3

  • PUAFIR604   Determine origin and cause of structure fire
    • CIT Code: FIRE176
      Cost: Full fee $410.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to manage the inspection and assessment of a structure fire to determine origin and cause. The unit focuses developing and applying a systematic approach to fire investigation in a structured environment.It includes originating structure fire investigations, securing fire scenes and preserving evidence. It also includes the evaluation and examination of fire debris, identifying and recovering evidence relevant to a fire investigation, packaging items of evidence for examination and conducting a thorough analysis of fire behaviour, development and travel as well as gathering evidence to establish fire cause. Application of this unit is relevant to fire investigators who are required to determine the origin and cause of a structure fires.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: PUAFIR302 Suppress urban fire
      PUALAW001 Protect and preserve incident scene
      PUALAW002 Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
  • PUAFIR501   Conduct fire investigation and analysis activities
    • CIT Code: FIRE180
      Cost: Full fee $785.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to respond to an incident and to undertake a preliminary fire investigation prior to the arrival of a specialist fire investigator. The unit is applicable to personnel required to conduct a fire investigation at a fire or related incident. It is not intended for personnel operating in the role of specialist fire investigator. The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • PUAFIR612   Undertake post incident analysis
    • CIT Code: FIRE179
      Cost: Full fee $280.00
      Description: This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to manage or participate in the analysis of an incident after the event. The analysis should review all prior, actual and post aspects of an incident (structure, mobile and wildfire). The unit focuses on developing and applying a systematic approach to a post incident analysis across incidents. It is not intended to address post incident analysis of operational activities. Application of this unit is relevant to fire investigators who conduct post incident analysis of fire investigations.The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: CPPSEC3028A Compile investigative report
      PUAFIR603 Determine origin and cause of wildfire
      PUAFIR604 Determine origin and cause of structure fire
      PUAFIR605 Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire

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More Information

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