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: CLOSED

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017) courses is open from April 15 – June 15, 2016. 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-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.
List of state courses approved by the NFA PDF 137 KB
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

Electrical Aspects of Fire Investigations R0255

This six-day course for fire investigators and related fire service/law enforcement personnel addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical causes. It will provide you with a basic understanding of electricity, electrical circuits and distribution systems, and common electrical faults and failures, as well as a working knowledge of the National Electrical Code and how it applies to fire investigations. Read the course description.

Course dates: Sept. 18-23 | Oct. 23-28 | more dates

Wildland Urban Interface Fire Q0617

This simulation-based online course will introduce you to some of the problems and issues associated with a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fire. The simulation involves a small field fire that spreads into an area with several structures. You will serve as the Incident Commander for the fire, where multiple levels of response under the Incident Command System (ICS) are required. Read the course description.

Apply online

Managing Officer Program

The Managing Officer Program is a multiyear curriculum that introduces emerging emergency services leaders to personal and professional skills in change management, risk reduction and adaptive leadership. Acceptance into the program is the first step in your professional development as a career or volunteer fire/Emergency Medical Services manager.

Apply for the Managing Officer Program

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