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Earning college credit and CEUs for National Fire Academy courses

National Fire Academy (NFA) courses are equivalent in difficulty to college/university level courses. NFA is not an accredited institution, but the courses you take through NFA can be considered for college credit. Credit transfer policies vary by institution so you should request a credit evaluation by the institution where you plan to pursue your degree.

College credit

NFA courses have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). ACE is the major coordinating body for all higher education institutions in the U.S.

NFA course descriptions include the ACE CREDIT recommendation for credit hours, curricula and level. Newly developed courses may not have been evaluated for college credit and will be included in the next annual review.

ACE has partnered with Credly to provide you with digital credentials (badges) and transcripts on their Acclaim platform. To have NFA courses that you passed listed on your ACE transcript, you need to request a badge for each course from the NETC Admissions Office.

Once we've issued and you have accepted a badge, you can use Acclaim to create your profile and send an official academic transcript directly to a college or university to see if they will grant you transfer credit. You can also share your badges through LinkedIn and other social media channels.

Request course badges

For instructions on accepting badges, creating your profile and sending transcripts, visit Credly's Acclaim platform Help Center. If you already have a transcript from ACE's CREDIT service with courses from other providers, you may need to contact the ACE Student Resource Center to get your new accomplishments added to your transcript.

Continuing Education Units

NFA awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training for successful completion of NFA-sponsored courses offered on-campus, off-campus and online. A CEU is a standard unit of measure, with one CEU representing 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education/training experience. The availability of CEUs is included in the course catalog on the Course Detail page for your specific course.

NFA is a preferred provider with the International Code Council’s (ICC) Preferred Provider Program. This program recognizes and promotes ICC-approved educational opportunities as they relate to codes, standards, building construction, and other subject areas. Several NFA-sponsored courses are approved for CEUs through the ICC and are listed in their catalog.

NFA/ACE success story

Matt Epperson

Meet Matt Epperson, Chief of Emergency Services at the Shawnee Fire Department in Kansas. Matt recently earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. Through the NFA's partnership with ACE, he was able to apply six credits from his Executive Fire Officer classes toward his degree. Congratulations Matt!