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

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.

New online courses

Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379)

Online Arson

This self-study course teaches you about the roles and responsibilities of first responders at suspected arson fires. You will learn about basic arson detection procedures for scene security, evidence preservation and documentation. Read the course description.

Empowering Responder Wellness (Q0381)

Online Responder Health and Safety

This self-study course teaches you how to attain and sustain a healthy lifestyle. You will learn about opportunities that can benefit your personal health and enhance safety and survivability both at work and home. Read the course description.

Introduction to Fire Behavior in a Single-Family Dwelling (Q0368)

Online Fire Prevention: Technical

This self-study course provides you with an understanding of fire behavior in residential settings so that you can apply that knowledge to safer firefighting techniques. Read the course description.

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

Shaping the Future - P0602 5/30/2015 - 5/31/2015

Download the 2015-2016 NFA course catalog PDF 1 MB

More information on NFA training