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Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking W0647

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.
Curriculum: Leadership and Executive Development
Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type
2-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in critical thinking and innovation.

This 2-day course provides the supervisor with the conceptual foundation and framework for success in leadership roles by exploring creative, analytical, political and critical thinking perspectives. The course addresses skills needed for assessing situations from multiple perspectives, making critical decisions, fostering creativity and innovation, and using persuasion.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 26KB
Instructions to Download Student Manual PDF 127KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

The primary target audience for this course are those individuals who are at the first line level of supervision. For purposes of student selection first line level is considered to be those at the Company Officer or Unit (fire prevention, fire education, communications, EMS, etc.) Supervisor level.

More specifically primary selection criteria are as follows:

  • First line supervisors in fire and emergency medical services organizations.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel due for promotion/appointment to a first line supervisory position within 18 months.
  • Fire and emergency medical services personnel who are regularly assigned acting supervisory positions.

Fire and EMS personnel currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Managing Officer Program will be provided priority selection.

The secondary target audiences are fire and EMS personnel at the first line management level (Chief Officer or above). Students at this level may be given consideration on a space available basis.


ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Apply online if you are interested in attending a state or national weekend program.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
August 13 - 14, 2022
National Training Weekend - Open Enrollment
Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 19 - 20, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Monna Gillespie
Administrative Officer l

Course coordination plan
June 3 - 4, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jack Smith
Ohio Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
July 8 - 9, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Mike Dunlap
Education Specialist/State NFA Coordinator

Bonita Watters
Curriculum Manager

Course coordination plan

Student comments

It makes you think outside the box and forces you to look at discussions in a new perspective.