Certificate in Fire Investigation Cert

Certificate in Fire Investigation Cert
Fire is not discriminatory. It maims, kills and destroys property irrespective of socio economic status and race. Effective fire safety is embedded in the concepts of safe building design, safe product design, risk management and community education. Inevitably serious fires do occur and a fundamental process in learning from these incidents is the conduct of an effective and efficient fire investigation to determine origin and cause. Mapped to the Skills for Justice Occupational Standards for Fire Investigation at Level 5 and offering a gateway to further progression. The course caters for the needs of Level 2 Officers in Fire and Rescue Services and can lead to an advanced certificate with further role related development. This is the development pathway to further qualifications in fire investigation.



Entry and Admissions

Award Type:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: One module - Two week taught programme; 60 hours pre-course guided reading and 60 hours post-course guided learning.


School of Engineering

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September and January. Next course date is 29th February – 11th march 2016

Entry Requirements:
This course has no specific entry requirements.
Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The module will develop students’ skills and knowledge to enable them to conduct a fire investigation and to communicate the findings of the investigation to stakeholders in writing and verbally to in accordance with legal requirements, appropriate conventions and agreed protocols.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students take theory and practical classes and practical fire investigations are conducted on full scale buildings.    

Assessment is by assignments and practicals. Practical assessment involves full scale room burns, preparation of reports and simulated court attendance.     

Academic Expertise

The course is delivered by academics with extensive experience in fire related subjects and fire service professionals who bring years of experience from working in the fire and rescue service.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work. 

Industry links & professional accreditation

Institution of Fire Engineers; Course mapped directly to Skills for Justice Fire Investigation Occupational Standards.


Accredited by the Forensic Society for 120 points continuous professional development.

Work experience and international opportunities

Graduate Careers

Fire investigators, either local authority fire and rescue service, private fire investigation companies or as an independent fire investigator.  

Students graduating from this course will be well placed to deal with the challenges of fire investigation. Skills learned will be signed off in acquisition. This course is specifically designed for fire service officers required to conduct Level 2 investigations, but is equally relevant to anyone who wishes to obtain a qualification in this area of expertise.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

This programme forms part of a formal qualification structure for fire investigators and provides access to the Advanced Certificate in Fire Investigation.

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


An additional charge of £150 is payable with regard to the awarding body registration and issue of the L5 Skills for Justice Award

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Fire and Rescue Service and other organisations wishing to nominate a number of officers onto the programme should contact The School of Engineering and speak to the Course Leader. Individuals applying for the course can apply online.


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400