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

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.
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

Chemistry for Emergency Response (R0233)

10-day on-campus Hazardous Materials

This course teaches you how to safely operate at the scene of a hazardous materials incident. You will learn about chemical nomenclature and the basic principles of chemistry in order to assess risks to responders and the public.

Course dates: July 6-17, 2015 | Jan. 4-15, 2016

Fire Inspection Principles (R0220)

10-day on-campus Fire Prevention: Technical

This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes to conduct both basic- and intermediate-level fire safety inspections. You’ll develop a working knowledge of various codes and standards in order to apply them in the inspection process.

Course dates: Oct. 5-16 | Dec. 7-18 | Feb. 15-26, 2016 | Mar. 14-25, 2016

Fire Service Course Design (R0129)

Six-day on-campus Training Programs

This course teaches you how to apply training design principles to courses used by other instructors. During the class, you’ll identify a training need within your organization and create a program design that meets your identified training need.

Course dates: Oct. 25-30

Course vacancies

Course vacancies

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

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