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Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation

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CSU's Fire Investigation program aims to develop and increase the knowledge and professionalism of fire investigation practitioners and those in related professions.

The Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation is related to:

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation equips students with advanced knowledge and skills for the investigation of a range of complex and novel fire scenes including explosions, motor vehicle fires, fires involving electrical equipment and fires involving ships / boats and the marine environment. Students will engage with the theoretical concepts and underpinnings of fire patterns and behaviours relating to the structure and effects of fire on buildings and building materials. This course will enhance investigators' practice in these areas, and will equip new and aspiring investigators to reach their professional goals.

    Articulation agreements

    There is an articulation agreement with the NSW Police Arson course for one subject credit, JST415.

    The Diploma in Fire Investigation from QLDFR is recognised with one subject credit, JST415.

    The AFAC Advanced Diploma of Fire Investigation is recognised with credit for JST415. and one elective.


  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    There is an articulation agreement with the NSW Police Arson course for one subject credit, JST415. QLD Fire and Rescue have a Diploma in Fire Investigation which is recognised with one subject credit, JST415.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation (32 points)
    JST415 Foundations of Fire Investigation
    JST496 Fire-Setting Behaviour, Legal Issues and Investigative Practice
    JST455 Wildfire Investigation
    One elective

    Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation (64 points)
    All the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation, plus:
    JST484 Structure and the effects of fire
    JST488 Specialist Fire Investigations (16)
    One elective

    Master of Fire Investigation ( 96 points)
    All the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Fire Investigation, plus:
    EMG505 Workbased Project (16 points)
    EMG506 Literature Review (16 points)

    Selected from any Level 400 subject offered by the AGSPS; check for pre requisites and residential requirements before making your selection. Subjects at Level 400 outside of the AGSPS will be considered by the Course Coordinator.

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1

    JST415 Foundations of  Fire Investigation

    JST496 Fire-Setting Behaviour, Legal Issues and Investigative Practice

    Session 2

    JST455 Wildfire Investigation

    One elective

    Session 3

    JST484 Structures and the Effects of Fire

    one elective

    Session 4

    JST488 Specialist Fire Investigations (16 points)

    Session 5

    EMG505 Workbased Project (commenced)

    EMG506 Literature Review (commenced)

    Session 6

    EMG505 Workbased Project (completed)

    EMG506 Literature Review (completed)


  • Admission information

    Admission to this course is open to those people who can demonstrate a genuine connection with fire services or an occupational requirement to study this area.
    Applicants must also have:
    1) an undergraduate degree; or
    2) a minimum of five years experience in the field of fire services or a related area, as determined by the Course Coordinator.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYCAFG
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPPGYYYOAFG
    DirectDistance EducationManlyFPOSYYYJAFG

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete 64 points for graduation from the Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    International students from the United Kingdom and Canada should select the Planned Course of Study with Code CAFG when completing an online application.

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • About the School
    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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