Benefits of Chapter Membership


Within British Columbia, Chapter #15 of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) provides an equal opportiunity for professionals working in fire services, law enforcement, criminal or civil litigation law, insurance, and governmental organizations and agencies to to become members of an Association that is devoted to the common goals of preventing, investigating and successfully prosecuting crimes of arson. We do not discriminate based on age, sex, race, or disability in qualifying for organization membership or for participation in training events.

Becoming a member of Chapter #15 of the IAAI requires that those eligible for membership complete a membership application and pay an annual dues fee of $30 CAD. Dues may be paid online at the time of registration by credit card or after registration by cheque. Cheques must be made payable to "BC Chapter 15 I.A.A.I." Cheques may be mailed to:

British Columbia Chapter 15 I.A.A.I.
c/o Unit 135 - 13900 Maycrest Way
Richmond, BC
V6V 3E2

Benefits of Chapter membership include:

  • Reduced rates for three fire investigation training seminars per year
  • Access to training that is held in various locations throughout British Columbia.
  • Access to our online searchable membership directory.
  • Access to secure online community forums to discuss topics such as training, investigation techniques, upcoming events, etc.
  • Email distribution of "The Informer" newsletter on a quarterly basis.
  • Inclusion within email distribution lists for special bulletins and email communications
  • Access to  information through our website on upcoming seminars and a variety of searchable articles of interest to the fire investigation community.
  • Participation in a private online community where members network and develop contacts with other fire investigation professionals.
  • Access to training events that support the IAAI professional designations including  Certified Fire Investigator ("CFI"), Fire Investigation Technician ("FIT") and Evidence Collection Technician ("ECT").
  • Representation of members' interests in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Representation with IAAI through the Chapter Liaison program
  • Support for testing and research projects relating to fire investigation within British Columbia

Eligibility Criteria



All membership applications are reviewed by a member of the BCIAAI Executive prior to activation of a online membership profiles. Once an application is submitted it may take up to one week for your online membership profile to be set up and activated.  To be eligible for membership in BC Chapter #15 of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the following qualifications shall be applicable:

  • The applicant should be of good moral personal character and reputation.
  • The nature, character and reputation of the applicants business should be consistent with the IAAI Code of Ethics.
  • The character and reputation of the applicant's employer and associates should be consistent with the IAAI Code of Ethics.
  • The general nature, character and reputation of the principal business of the applicant’s employer and associates should be consistent with the IAAI Code of Ethics.

No person shall be eligible for any class of membership if that person has been a member, or is presently a member, or becomes a member of a subversive organization or of any organization whose objectives and purposes are inconsistent with the purposes of the Association. If you have a question concerning whether or not you would meet our eligibility or membership or if you have applied for membership and your online member profile is not working please contact us at [email protected].

Membership Classes and Fees


Associate Membership - $30 


Any representative of an agency, government, industry or occupation that is involved in some phase of fire investigation, arson suppression, insurance adjusting, or the administration of justice, shall be eligible for Chapter membership as a subscribing Associate. This typically includes persons employed in police services, fire services, the insurance industry, private fire consultants and investigators, fire engineering firm, legal profession or those whose occupation is otherwise aligned with the above.

“Student” is be defined as any individual  not currently working in a paid position in the fire investigation field who is currently enrolled as a full time student in an accredited institution of post secondary education pursuing a degree in fire science, fire investigation, the administration of justice, or related field of study. Students are eligible for Associate member status; however, they will not have the right to hold office or vote on Association business.

All applications are subject to review and the discretion of the Membership Committee.

Life Membership


The Association may bestow life membership upon any qualified member of the association who has met the following requirements:

Life Membership for Distinguished Service:

  • The individual must be or have been an active member of the Association.
  • The individual must be an active member in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years.
  • The individual must have rendered distinctive service to the Association through participation on committees or activities for a minimum of five (5) years. 

Nominations for life membership for distinguished service shall be made to the Scholarship and Awards Committee Chairman at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting of the Scholarship and Awards Committee. The Scholarship and Awards Committee shall review the nominations and make its recommendations to the Board of Directors as to recipients of this life membership. No more than two (2) life memberships for distinguished service shall be bestowed by the Board of Directors in any one calendar year.

A life member shall have all rights and privileges of an active member without the payment of dues.




Persons that do not wish to become members of the local Chapter but would like to take advantage of regional training opportunities are classified as Non-Members. Basic contact information including occupation, address, phone number and email address is collected from Non-Members that have registered and paid non-discounted registration fees in order to participate in regional or annual training events and seminars. This information is stored in our contacts database for the purpose of contacting non-members about future training session or other membership initiatives of Chapter  #15 that may be of interest to them. There are no annual dues fees associated with non-member status.
If you are a returning non-member that would now like to join and receive the full benefits of membership in BC Chapter 15 IAAI, chances are we may already have some of your profile information within our system! When you click the "Join Now" button you will have an opportunity to confirm whether or not you are already in the contact database by simply entering your email address that you may have provided during a previous attendance at one of our training seminars. If your email address is on file, you will be issued a temporary username and password to allow you to update your member profile and complete you registration as a new Associate Member.
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