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

Evaluating Performance Based Designs (R0108)

6-Day On-Campus Fire Prevention: Technical

If you are responsible for review or approval of building and fire/life safety design in the regulatory process, this course is for you. It will provide you with the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities to assess performance-based fire-safe building designs that employ engineering and computer modeling techniques.

Course Dates: January 4-9 vacancies | May 3-8 | May 24-29 | August 16-21

Conducting Local Risk Reduction for Company Officers (R0186)

6-Day On-Campus Fire Prevention: Public Education Incident Management

This course seeks to improve the skills of company officers to lead and conduct risk-reduction activities within the service area of the fire station/community. Whether you're a company officer already engaged in risk-reduction activities, or trying to lay the foundation to start community risk reduction, this course can help you achieve your risk-reduction goals.

Course Dates: January 11-16 vacancies | June 21-26

Administration of Public Assistance for Community Recovery (R0335)

6-Day On-Campus Management Science

This course helps local officials to improve the administrative alignment of their organizations, people, process and paperwork to meet federal fiduciary standards for public assistance recovery. Topics include Stafford Act, Office of Management and Budget standards; Federal Emergency Management Agency policies and procedures; National Incident Management System application; public assistance categories A-G; and the criteria for reimbursement of force account labor, force account equipment, materials, rented materials and contracts.

Course Dates: March 29 - April 3 vacancies | August 16-21

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

Forensic Evidence Collection - R0214 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015

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