National Fire Academy

The National Fire Academy (NFA) works to enhance the ability of fire and emergency services and allied professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies. Free training courses and programs are delivered at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, online and throughout the nation.

Application period: CLOSED

The application period for our first semester (Oct. 1, 2015 – Mar. 31, 2016) courses opens on Apr. 15, 2015. Here’s how to apply for courses and get a Student Identification Number.

About the National Fire Academy

Learn about our student eligibility criteria, prerequisites, earning college credit, reimbursement for training and more.

Courses, catalogs and schedules

Course catalogs, descriptions and schedules for on-campus, off-campus and online training offered by the NFA for the fire service.

Admissions and student information

How to apply for NFA training and instructions for planning a trip to our campus. You can also learn how to request a course transcript.

Training programs and activities

Information about the NFA’s Executive Fire Officer, Managing Officer, and Volunteer Incentive Programs, and the TRADE training network.

Instructors and state officials

Information on how to become a contract instructor. Also, sign-in access for contract instructor bids and awards and the NFA’s annual course call for state and regional officials.

Featured course:
Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379)

This free, online self-study course teaches you about the roles and responsibilities of first responders at suspected arson fires. You will learn about basic arson detection procedures for scene security, evidence preservation and documentation. Read the course description.

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NFA calendar

April 15
First Semester application period opens
June 10-12
National Professional Development Symposium
June 15
First Semester application period closes
Sept. 10-12
Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium

On-campus training opportunity: Paired back-to-back courses

Our 2015 on-campus schedule presents a unique opportunity for you to attend two courses packaged into a two-week block and earn two NFA certificates. Paired back-to-back course blocks will be offered twice in 2015.

Apr. 26-May 8, 2015 | Aug. 2-14, 2015

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Wanted: contract instructor candidates

NFA is always looking for highly qualified candidates to teach our courses, considered to be some of the best in the nation. We invite you to review our general requirements and course instructor criteria to see if you qualify.

How to become a contract instructor

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