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How to Apply for National Fire Academy Courses

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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 netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov.

All NFA students are required to have a Student Identification Number (SID).

How to get an SID

Overview of the NETC online application process

Use the online application for on- and off-campus courses.

How to apply

If your course code begins with:

Apply for on-campus, off-campus, online instructor-led and state weekend courses

The NFA application period is CLOSED

Use the online application to apply for course vacancies or state/national weekend programs.

Apply for a course

Application status and maintenance alerts

Before you apply online

We recommend that you apply using a laptop or a desktop computer.
  • Find a course. Search the NFA Catalog for a training opportunity that meets your needs. The course code and offering dates are listed on the course description page.
  • Understand course requirements. Many courses have specific selection criteria or prerequisites. Review the course description page for detailed instructions.
  • Request an SID. You need this number to apply for NFA courses. If you have an SID and your last name doesn't match the SID we have on file, you will need to review your SID registration information.
  • Verify the name and email address of the person authorized to approve your application.
  • Prepare documents. Electronic copies of documents demonstrating your eligibility may be required. Make sure you have them ready to attach to your application. Files must be in Portable Document Format (PDF). The maximum size for each PDF is 1 MB. Tips to reduce PDF file size.

Incomplete and denied applications

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.

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State Weekend students

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.

Restricted courses

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: M5104, R0125, R0306, R5201, R5202, R5203 and R5204.

Application deadlines

Semester datesApplication period
Second semester (FY 2023)April 1, 2023 to Sept. 30, 2023Application period open Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2022
First semester (FY 2024)Oct. 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024Application period open April 15 – June 15, 2023
Second semester (FY 2024)April 1, 2024 to Sept. 30, 2024Application period open Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2023

Application basics

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.

Application notifications

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.

Applying for course vacancies

Your application must be received at least 6 weeks before the course start date to be considered. Vacancies within 6 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.

Application process for a non-U.S. citizen

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.

  • Non-U.S. citizens must pay transportation, lodging and meal costs.
  • You must be fluent in spoken and written English; language translation is not offered on campus.
  • You can submit an application anytime during the year but it must be received at least 60 days prior to the course/conference start date.

You will be notified about application status no less than 2 weeks before the start date of a requested course. Placement for a requested course offering date cannot be guaranteed.

Apply for an online self-study (Q) course

Select the “Sign up now” button next to the course name in the NFA catalog.

How to request a Student Identification Number

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.

To obtain an SID

  1. Register at cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.
  2. Select "Register for a FEMA SID."
  3. Follow the instructions to create your account.
  4. You will receive an email with your SID. Save this number in a secure location.

Understanding course codes

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.

Example: If you are interested in Applications of Community Risk Reduction (R0385), the letter “R” in the course code tells you the delivery method. As you consult the course code list below, you will see that a course with the letter “R” is either a 10-, 9-, 6- or 5-day course offered on campus.

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 codeDelivery method
CFESHE-recognized college courses
F2-day off-campus NFA-sponsored course
MOnline instructor-led course
N6-day off-campus NFA-sponsored course
OState- and local partner-sponsored training system course
PPilot course
QOnline self-study course
R10-, 9-, 6- and 5-day on-campus course
SOnline instructor-led (live) course
W2-day on-campus course
YNFA-approved state-developed course PDF 137 KB