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, 2017 to March 31, 2018) courses is open from April 15 to June 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

Advanced Life Support Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents R0247

This 10-day course for paramedics with advanced life support (ALS) responsibilities provides you with knowledge of chemistry as it relates to hazardous materials. The course focuses on the medical management of victims, and the development and management of medical support system hazardous materials components. Read the course description.

Course dates: April 24 – May 5

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.

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

Course vacancies

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

Download the 2016-2017 NFA course catalog PDF 913 KB

More information on NFA training