Advanced Certificate in Fire Investigation AdvCert

Advanced Certificate in Fire Investigation AdvCert

The ability to successfully carry out complex fire investigations requires extensive experience in fire investigation practice,specialist knowledge and skills in the use of advanced analytical tools and methods and a deep understanding of fire dynamics and how the performance of the building structure and services contribute to fire behaviour. This qualification has been developed specifically to deliver these criteria in support of persons who are required to resolve incidents which due to their inherent intricacy require the support of more sophisticated techniques. The course caters for the needs of Level 3 Officers in Fire and Rescue Services and independent fire investigation specialists. This is the development pathway to further qualifications in fire investigation.

Entry and Admissions



LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Two weeks taught programme, Sixty hours pre course guided reading and 60 hours post course guided learning.

SCHOOL: School of Engineering

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: Start date dependant on applicant

Entry Requirements:


Course Content

Advanced fire pattern analysis techniques - processing the scene using calcination surveys and laser equipment; post flashover fire pattern analysis; vector surveys; hour glass burn patterns; Advanced electrical fault analysis – fault identification through elimination techniques; lost neutral, arc mapping surveys, use of x ray equipment; Introduction to modelling fires – fire dynamics & computer modelling; physical and mathematical models; zone modelling (CFAST/NIST); Field models (FDS); Laboratory analytical techniques – Accelerant detection and identification including gas chromatography, mass spectrometry; small or large scale ignition tests; physical and chemical debris examination; radiography; microscopy; reconstruction techniques; adhoc fire testing; Fire dynamics – Flashover characteristics including compartment variations, logic diagram for flashover; smouldering fires; flaming combustion fuel controlled, ventilation controlled and under ventilated fires; stack effect; flammability limits; flash point, fire point and auto ignition temperature; Thermal inertia, heat release rate and heat transfer; structural response of the building including fire load, design load, live load and load resistance.

Course at a Glance

The course focuses on the use of advanced analytical techniques for the determination of fire cause and origin using, computational tools such as NIST's Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS); advanced electrical investigative practice, forensic analysis and fire dynamics.

Year 1

  • Fire Scene Data Analysis and Interpretation


Learning Environment & Assessment

Theoretical sessions are supported by practical demonstrations in the fire laboratory and computational computer suite.

Assessment is by assignment and unseen examination.



Industry links & professional accreditation

Institution of Fire Engineers

Graduate Careers

Students graduating from this course will be well placed to deal with the challenges of a complex fire investigation. This course is specifically designed for fire service officers required to conduct Level 3 investigations, but is equally relevant to anyone who wishes to obtain a higher qualification in this area of expertise.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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

Course Leader
Simon Cable


About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400