NFA Online - Distance Learning for the Fire and Emergency Services

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The National Fire Academy (NFA) is proud to offer American fire and emergency services personnel a free, flexible, and convenient way to receive career enhancing training.  Through NFA Online, students can complete self-paced courses  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or college credit is available for most courses.

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“Now is the time for the fire community to embrace the future and improve our education through distance learning. Try it, and we think you will agree that NFA Online provides superior opportunity for training and education for the fire and emergency services.”

Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent National Fire Academy

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New Course: Principles of Building Construction (Q0751)

This interactive course replaces two two-day classroom-based courses the NFA has offered for more than 20 years. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of cross-disciplinary cooperation among fire protection and design professionals.
  • Explain the elements of building construction as they apply to construction codes.
  • Describe the elements of building construction as they apply to firefighter safety.
  • Anticipate fire behavior based on structural elements of, and thermal effects on, each of the following types of construction: protected noncombustible building construction, unprotected noncombustible building construction, masonry construction, heavy timber construction, wood frame construction.
  • Explain how design elements and emerging building methods and materials affect fire behavior and structural performance.

You will earn a National Fire Academy training certificate on successful completion of the final exam.

Register for this free course