How to Apply to NFA

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Application procedures vary with the different courses and programs. Each course or program has specific application requirements listed. In some instances, physical requirements must be met for successful acceptance due to the nature of the course activities. Applicants should carefully read the course descriptions and requirements and follow the procedures listed; this will save time and speed up the application process.

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Application Forms

Beginning April 15, 2012, students applying for FY13 training courses (those starting after September 30, 2012) are required to register for a Student Identification Number (SID). This number will be used in place of a Social Security Number on General Admissions Application forms.

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Select the appropriate form below to apply for National Fire Academy courses and programs.

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Completed applications for on-campus courses must be sent to the following address during the appropriate application period:

Office of Admissions
Building I, Room 216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998
(800) 238-3358, ext. 1035 or
(301) 447-1035
FAX (301) 447-1441

To apply for off-campus and other courses, please contact the State or local office sponsoring the training.

Only the May 2010 version or later of the General Admission Application will be accepted. All other versions, as well as applications that are incomplete, will be returned to the applicant. Applications sent outside the designated application periods identified below will be returned to the applicant.

Application Period

2012-2013 National Fire Academy Application Periods
  Semester Dates Application Period (postmarked between)
First Semester 10/1/12 - 3/31/13 4/15/12 - 6/15/12
Second Semester 4/1/13 - 9/30/13 10/15/12 - 12/15/12

Students must reapply for second semester courses if they are not accepted for the first semester. No applications will be carried over.

Applications will not be considered if they are postmarked before or after the stipulated open periods. You may apply for more than one course, but you should submit a separate application for each course.

Course Vacancies: Applications for course vacancies must be received at least six weeks before the course start date for the applicant to be considered for the course. Vacancies within six weeks of the course, start date shall only be filled from the established wait list, so it's important to apply early!

Acceptance Notification

The Office of Admissions will notify students of the status of their applications no later than 60 days after the end of the application period. Information regarding applications will not be available prior to this time. Application periods for the next academic year are anticipated to be similar; students should contact the NETC Office of Admissions to verify the application periods.