Training Information

Training Name

Foundational Investigative Skills (FIS)

Activity Code


Training Description

This FIS Basic Training is intended to develop surveyors’ investigative skills used on site during surveys. This training introduces investigative techniques for making observations, reviewing records, and conducting effective interviews. It also provides guidance on writing effective deficiency statements and defending those statements in court when necessary. This training will aid in the development of surveyor skills and proficiency.

Training Objectives: On completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the components of an effective investigation, including the relationships between evidence, facts, and conclusions.
  • Explain the importance of detailed, well-documented observations.
  • Identify the consequences of an inadequate investigation.

Training Duration: 16 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced FIS Basic Training includes a mandatory pretest, five learning modules, a mandatory posttest, and a CMS-approved training evaluation. Both the posttest and the evaluation must be completed to generate a certificate of completion to earn training CEUs. To pass the FIS Basic Training, you must score a minimum of 80% on the course posttest.

Email for Questions: The training is available on-demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For all technical issues and those requiring an urgent response, such as accessing the training, email; for all content-related questions, email All other comments and questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.


No prerequisites in addition to those indicated in the Prerequisites (Mandatory) section of the Training Plan.

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