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National Fire Academy

Fire and emergency medical services: Train with the best to be the best!

National Fire Academy (NFA) courses and programs prepare you to deal more effectively with all emergencies and disasters. Free training is delivered at our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland, online and in your state.

NFA provides specialized training courses and advanced management programs for middle- and top-level fire officers, fire service instructors, technical professionals, and representatives from allied professions.

The application period is:

Apply between Dec. 15, 2024Jan. 15, 2025 for on-campus courses scheduled from April to June 2025.

Apply between March 15April 15 for on-campus courses scheduled from July to September 2024.

Apply between June 15July 15 for on-campus courses scheduled from October to December 2024.

Apply between Sept. 15Oct. 15 for on-campus courses scheduled from January to March 2025.

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View courses with openings now

You can apply for a self-study course, course vacancy or the State/National Weekend Program at any time.

Learn how to apply

If you have substantial involvement in fire prevention and control, emergency medical services, or fire-related emergency management activities, we welcome you to apply.

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Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program graduate directory

EFO graduates: Check out our directory of over 4,600 graduates to catch up with colleagues and sign up for a networking opportunity.

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NFA is partnering with Columbia Southern University to enhance the EFO capstone advancement

The partnership will expand the timeline from 3 to 6 months and provide assistance for the student through research to their final paper.

Read the announcement


Let NFA help you pursue your degree

NFA courses are equivalent in difficulty to college- and university-level courses and can be considered for college credit. We award CEUs and our courses have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education.

Learn how to earn college credit


Self-study, instructor-led and live courses

Online learning is a terrific option if you want to take NFA courses. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for most courses. Successful completion is added to your NFA transcript and you earn an NFA certificate.

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Contract instructors wanted!

We are always looking for high-quality candidates to be contract instructors. NFA courses are some of the best in the nation, and we would love to talk with you about joining our team.

How to teach for NFA