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, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2018) courses is open from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2017. 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

Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities R0614

This course provides you with the tools to create a community wildfire protection plan and shows you how develop a local coalition to address WUI issues and create a fire-adapted community. Read the course description.

Course dates: Dec. 3-8 vacancies, Feb. 25 – March 2 vacancies

Alternative Water Supply: Planning and Implementing Programs Q0217

This course will teach fire chiefs, water authority personnel, and public policy officials how to plan for and implement programs that allow for the use of alternative water sources during structural firefighting operations. Read the course description.

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

Course vacancies

Immediate course vacancies

For information on other course vacancies, browse the vacancy list and take advantage of these training opportunities!

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