This online tutorial will show you how to submit a bid to teach a National Fire Academy course and how to find out if your bid was successful.
To begin, look at your dashboard to see if a bidding period is open and if there are any course offerings for which you are eligible to bid.
If a bidding period is open with eligible courses for you to teach, you will see this link: Course Offerings I Can Bid On
Selecting this link will return on- and off-campus course offerings for which you are eligible to bid, along with other important offering information.
To create a bid, click on Bid Now.
You will first be asked to confirm that the information in your profile is correct.
If it is, click Next at the bottom to go to the Bid screen.
If something in your profile needs to be updated, simply change the outdated information on this screen and click Next. Your profile will automatically update with the new information.
At the top of the Bid screen under Course Information, verify that the name, location, offering dates and role for the course you are about to bid on are correct.
Next, indicate if you will require housing at the National Emergency Training Center.
Under Participation, enter the dates you will be teaching if they differ from the offering dates.
Next, enter your Bid. This should be your total fee, including per diem, travel costs and miscellaneous expenses.
Should you wish to provide additional information for NFA to review, enter it under Comments.
To place your bid, click Submit Bid. An email receipt for your bid will be sent to you.
The bid will now display on your dashboard under Live Bids.
To withdraw or edit your bid, click on the dollar amount and select either Withdraw or Edit. An email receipt will be sent to you.
At the end of the bidding period, NFA will award courses to instructors based on best value to the Government.
To see if you have been awarded a course, look under My Bid History.
If NFA has not yet awarded the course offering you bid on, Pending will display under Awarded to You.
If NFA awards the offering to you, the course offering will appear green and Yes will display under Awarded to You.
If NFA does not award the offering to you, No will display under Awarded to You.
For information regarding courses you bid on, click Review Your Bid and Award History. Select the Details link for a listing of all instructors who bid on, and were awarded, the offering.
If you experience problems, please contact FEMA-NFAInstructor@dhs.gov or call (301) 447-1411.
Last Reviewed: November 20, 2009
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