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Fire and Smoke Damage Certifications

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Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Consultant
Required: At least 8 years experience consulting on fire and smoke damage issues

Certification performed by ACAC: Testing, analysis, and evaluation of the individual's knowledge, skills and abilities for the purpose of certification and re-certification in the field of fire and smoke damage investigations and consulting.

 

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Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Technician
Required: At least 2 years experience consulting on fire and smoke damage issues

Certification performed by ACAC: Testing, analysis, and evaluation of the individual's knowledge, skills and abilities for the purpose of certification and re-certification in the field of fire and smoke damage investigations and consulting.

 

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Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Assistant Technician  (ENTRY-LEVEL)
Required: current involvement in fire and smoke damage investigations and consulting

Certification performed by ACAC: Testing, analysis, and evaluation of the individual's knowledge, skills and abilities for the purpose of certification and re-certification in the field of fire and smoke damage investigations and consulting.

 

Program Summary:

The Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Technician (CFST) and the Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Consultant (CFSC) conduct investigations to assess property-related fire and smoke damage.  Certificants conduct visual and quantitative observations as well as designing and executing environmental sampling regimens.

A CFST or CFSC possesses verified knowledge of the field of fire and smoke damage consulting. The certification exams cover all major domains of knowledge relevant to the field.  Candidates must know the important industry standards. They must be familiar with scientific principles governing fire, its causes and sources, and its products and effects. They must understand the most common practices and protocols used by investigators and consultants. They must be familiar with the equipment used in fire and smoke damage investigations. They must be aware of legal issues affecting their work.

A CFST or CFSC possesses verified experience in fire and smoke damage investigations in one or more of the following settings:

To earn the Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Technician (CFST) or Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Consultant (CFSC) designations, candidates must:

 

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*  The CIEC and CMC programs are dual-accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
    and the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
* 18 other ACAC programs are accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).
*  ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME.
*  ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.