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Managing Officer Program Curriculum

There is no formal start-to-finish time frame for the Managing Officer Program. You will receive a certificate after you complete all required courses and the capstone project.

Curriculum prerequisites and courses

Prerequisites1First-year on-campus courses2Second-year on-campus courses2Additional course requirements3
Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism (Q0890)Applications of Community Risk Reduction (R0385)Training and Professional Development Challenges for Fire and Emergency Services Leaders (R0389)Leadership in Supervision (R/N0645) (6-Day) OR a total of 6 days of coursework from:
  • Leadership in Supervision: Creating Environments for Professional Growth (F/W0646) (dated May 2016 or later) (2-day)
  • Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking (F/W0647) (dated May 2016 or later) (2-day)
  • Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success (F/W0648) (dated May 2016 or later) (2-day)
  • Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success (F/W/D/H/O0803) (2-day)
  • Leadership II for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Personal Success (F/W/D/H/O0804) (2-day)
  • Leadership III for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Supervisory Success (F/W/D/H/O0805) (2-day)
  • Shaping the Future (F/W/O0602) (2-day)
ICS-100: An Introduction to the Incident Command System (Q0462)Applications of Leadership in the Culture of Safety (R0388)Analytical Tools for Decision-Making (R0387)
ICS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response (Q0463)  
IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System  
IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction  
  1. You must complete these courses prior to admission to the Managing Officer Program. Substitutions are not allowed.
  2. These courses, offered twice a year, must be completed back-to-back; they can't be split. You are eligible for travel reimbursement on one trip per year to the NFA.
  3. Prior to Oct. 1, 2020, these courses can be taken before, during or after the first and second years of the NFA on-campus program. If you complete the on-campus program but not these 4 courses, you won't receive your Managing Officer Program certificate until you complete them.