National Fire Academy courses, catalogs and schedules

National Fire Academy (NFA) courses are delivered online, at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and off-campus throughout the nation in cooperation with state and local fire training organizations and local colleges and universities.

Our free courses target middle- and top-level fire officers, fire service instructors, technical professionals, and representatives from allied professions. Any person with substantial involvement in fire prevention and control, emergency medical services, or fire-related emergency management activities may apply for NFA courses.

Application period: OPEN

The application period for our second semester (April 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2016) courses is open from Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2015. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

Courses and schedules

On-campus classroom courses: six- and 10-day | two-day
Specialized training courses and advanced management programs of national impact offered in a classroom setting at our Emmitsburg campus.
Off-campus classroom courses: six- and 10-day | two-day
The same courses taught in Emmitsburg but delivered in your state to provide you with the opportunity to attend NFA training closer to home.
NFA Online and online-mediated courses
Through NFA Online, you can receive career-enhancing, self-paced training at home.
State- and local partner-sponsored classroom courses
Locally-sponsored two- and six-day training courses that use NFA course content.
State courses approved by the NFA
State-developed courses assessed by NFA as the equivalent of our training in both quality and content and taught by local instructors.
Course evaluation and general feedback
Learn how we measure the long-term impact of our training courses and provide us with your general feedback.

Featured courses

Developing and Implementing Public Policy R0670

If you have code development responsibilities, this course is for you. It will provide you with the tools needed to create, evaluate and defend codes, regulations and public policy at the local level. Through activities and examination of real world scenarios, you will gain an understanding of how codes and regulations can be used as an effective component in fire prevention and community risk reduction. Read the course description.

Course dates: March 6-11, 2016 vacancies | May 8-13, 2016

National Fire Incident Reporting System: Program Manager

This course teaches current and potential National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) program managers how to use NFIRS with evolving technologies to better assist fire departments in making data-driven decisions. You will learn about collecting NFIRS data, analyzing the data, and available system reporting features.

Read the course description: Six-day offering vacancies | 10-day offering

Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities R0614

This course helps officials with responsibility for Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) risk reduction operations. It will teach you how to start a local community coalition to address WUI issues and become a fire-adapted community, create a community wildfire protection plan, facilitate partnerships, and improve pre-fire communication and planning. Read the course description.

Course dates: Feb. 7 - 12, 2016 vacancies | July 24 - 29, 2016 | Sept. 18 - 23, 2016

Course vacancies

Course vacancies

We still have immediate openings in upcoming courses. Browse the vacancy list and take advantage of these training opportunities!

Recently added courses

Fire Inspection Principles II - P0391 1/31/2016 - 2/5/2016

Fire Inspection Principles I - P0390 1/24/2016 - 1/29/2016

Download the 2015-2016 NFA course catalog PDF 1 MB

More information on NFA training