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Thank you for your interest in training with us! We look forward to receiving your application and assisting you throughout the process.
For help completing your National Fire Academy (NFA) application, contact our Admissions Office, Monday – Friday between 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET, at 800-238-3358, ext. 1035 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All NFA students are required to have a Student Identification Number (SID).
The NFA application period is CLOSEDApply for a course
Online application for NFA on-campus (code R), online-mediated (code M), pilot (code P) and state weekend (code W) courses is now available. Applying online gives you your best chance to successfully submit your application and have it accepted by the NFA.
We do not accept additional information for consideration after you submit your application. Make sure that you have all of the required information included and attached before you submit. If your application is denied for any reason, you must apply again.
Ready to apply for a course?
Your state point of contact for questions is listed at the bottom of the course description page in the NFA Catalog. View courses available during your state weekend.
The following courses are only open to Managing Officer students: R0385, R0387, R0388 and R0389.
These courses are only open to Executive Fire Officer students: M5101, M5102, M5103, M5104, R0125, R0306, R5201, R5202, R5203 and R5204.
|Semester dates||Application period|
|First semester (FY 2022)||Oct. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022||Application period open April 15 – June 15, 2021.|
|Second semester (FY 2022)||April 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022||Application period open Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2021.|
|First semester (FY 2023)||Oct. 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023||Application period open April 15 – June 15, 2022.|
Applications are not carried over. If your application is not accepted for the semester in which you applied, you must reapply for the next semester.
You may apply for more than one course per semester, but you must submit a separate application for each course.
We will notify you within 14 days about the status of your application.
Please add NETC-AdmissNotifications@fema.dhs.gov to your “safe senders” list to ensure you receive our emails. This email address is used only for sending notifications; do not reply to this email address.
Your application must be received at least six weeks before the course start date to be considered. Vacancies within six weeks of the start date of the course are filled only from the established wait list, so it is beneficial for you to apply early in the application period.
The NFA offers a limited number of opportunities for non-U.S. citizens to attend courses. If a course has vacancies after U.S. applicants have been placed, you (as a non-U.S. citizen) will be considered.
You will be notified about application status no less than two weeks before the start date of a requested course. Placement for a requested course offering date cannot be guaranteed.
Ready to apply for an NFA off-campus course? Follow these steps:
If your course code begins with N,
NETC Online Admissions Application
If your course code begins with F, use
General Admissions Application
Call or email the person listed in the Contact(s) column at the bottom of the course description page in the NFA catalog.
Select the “Sign up now” button on the course description page in the NFA catalog.
If you are interested in applying for an NFA course, you need to register for a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). Applications for NFA courses that do not include an SID will not be processed.
Every NFA course has a course code. As you scan the catalog, the course code can help you more easily identify the delivery method for your program of interest. You can quickly scan for programs that fit your preferred delivery option. Be sure to include the correct course code when you submit your application for an NFA course.
The Course Description page of the catalog provides specifics on the delivery type and duration along with information such as course objectives, selection criteria, prerequisites and continuing education units.
|Course code||Delivery method|
|C||FESHE-recognized college courses|
|F||Two-day off-campus NFA-sponsored delivery|
|N||Six-day off-campus NFA-sponsored delivery|
|O||State- and local partner-sponsored training system delivery|
|R||10-day and six-day on-campus delivery|
|W||Two-day on-campus delivery|
|Y||NFA-approved state-developed course delivery PDF 137 KB|