Earning college credit and CEUs for National Fire Academy courses

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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. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information on using your ACE credit recommendations and to register and request an official ACE 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!