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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. 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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To apply for a course you need a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This number is 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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Please use the proper course codes when applying.

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

For off-campus and other courses, please follow the application instructions contained in the NFA Courses Application.

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 you. Applications sent outside the designated application periods identified below will be returned to you.

Application Period

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2014-2015 National Fire Academy Application Periods
  Semester Dates Application Period (postmarked between)
First Semester 10/1/14 - 3/31/15 4/15/14- 6/15/14
Second Semester 4/1/15- 9/30/15 10/15/14 - 12/15/14

You must reapply for second semester courses if you 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 you to be considered for the course. Vacancies within six weeks of the course start date will only be filled from the established wait list, so it's important to apply early!

Acceptance Notification

The Office of Admissions will notify you of the status of your application no later than 60 days after the end of the application period. Information regarding applications will not be available prior to this time. All acceptance and rejection notifications are sent to the email address you provided on your application. If you did not provide an email address, your notification will be sent through the U.S. Mail. Please add NETC-AdmissNotifications@fema.dhs.gov to your “safe” list to ensure that you receive these emails. This email address is used solely for notifications and is not equipped to handle return replies.

Non-U.S. Citizens

A very limited number of opportunities exist for non-U.S. citizens to attend NFA courses. Non-U.S. citizens interested in applying should send applications to:

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

Non-U.S. citizens applicants must pay their own transportation, lodging, and meal costs. Because language translation is not provided on campus, students must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Applications from non-U.S. citizens are not considered during the random selection process following each application period. After students have been placed, and if there are vacancies, non-U.S. citizen applicants are considered. Therefore, applications are accepted from non-U.S. citizens for courses/conferences anytime during the year but must be received at least 60 days prior to the course/conference start date. Non-U.S. citizens will be notified of acceptance/rejection no less than two weeks prior to the start date. Placement for a requested date for course offerings cannot be guaranteed.


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