Administrative requirements for National Fire Academy instructors

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Suitability determination

Prior to becoming an eligible instructor and being placed in an active bidding status, you must submit your fingerprints along with FEMA Form 121-2-1 and receive a favorable finding. In addition, a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check will be run one year from the anniversary date of the fingerprint check to determine continued suitability. This process will be repeated for all NFA contract instructors every two years.

You will receive instructions for the suitability determination process after it has been determined you meet the individual course criteria.

Failure to maintain favorable fingerprints and NCIC checks will result in you being placed in an inactive status and no longer considered eligible to bid on course offerings.

For additional information, please contact the NETC Security Specialist at 301-447-1405.

Frequently asked questions about background suitability

DUNS Number

If you don't already have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, you must get one. Call 1-866-705-5711 (calling appears to be the easiest method) or go online at to obtain one. This process usually takes about 24 hours.

Any questions concerning DUNS may be directed to

System for Award Management

After obtaining your DUNS number, go to and register in the System for Award Management (SAM) system. You must validate your registration in the SAM every year. If you have any changes to banking information, address or contact information, you must go to first and update your information there before updating and validating your SAM registration.

For more detailed information, please see the Federal Government Federal Acquisition Regulation clause 52.204-7 (Central Contracting Registration).

National Emergency Training Center parking, registration and conduct

Contract instructors traveling by shuttle bus to the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) will be directed to Building C for registration. If you arrive in another vehicle, that vehicle is subject to search.

At registration, you will receive a temporary photo identification badge and a temporary parking permit if driving a motor vehicle. Your vehicle is subject to search only if you are not in possession of your temporary parking permit AND temporary NETC identification.

Please contact NETC Security at 301-447-1055 for questions and further information.