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Admission Procedures for the Basic Arson Investigator Course


In conjunction with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board  Southwestern Police Academy has tentatively scheduled the Basic Arson Investigator course.  This course is for firefighters (not law enforcement officers) seeking state certification as Arson Investigators. Tuition is $2283 and does not include transportation, housing, or meals.  Attendees may pay the tuition fee personally, but must be enrolled by the training officer or other command officer from their agency. Starting August 1, 2017 you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an employee of a local governmental authority 

  • Be a graduate of Fire Investigations Modules 1, 2, and 3.
  • Have a valid Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification card

Certification of an Arson Investigator does not automatically qualify one to carry a firearm. Firearm possession for Arson Investigators is based upon approval of the investigator’s fire or police chief or home rule ordinance. For questions regarding this issue, contact your jurisdiction’s legal advisor.           

Southwestern Police Academy will verify all enrollee’s certifications and employment through the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office prior to the beginning of the course.   

Anyone not approved by Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office may not attend this course.

Upon successful completion of the course, the attendee may submit for certification to the Office of the State Fire Marshal as an Arson Investigator.

Syllabus for Basic Arson Investigator Course

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Application Process
The first step for anyone who is interested is to contact Southwestern Police Academy at (618) 222-5396 to reserve a space in the class.

Application Letter
Online Pre-Registration

Upcoming Basic Arson Investigator Course
All paperwork must be filed 2 weeks prior to starting date.  2017 Course is scheduled in Joliet, Illinois.

BAI 2017  Joliet, Illinois
Applications Due August 14, 2017
Weeks 1 August 28 - September 1, 2017
Weeks 2 and 3 September 18 - 22 & 25-29, 2017
Weeks 4 and 5 October 9 -13 & 16 - 20, 2017

  All tuition and fees are set by the ILETSB are subject to change.

Southwestern Illinois Police Academy
2500 Carlyle Ave.
Belleville, Illinois 62221