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National Fire Academy student policies

Ensure you have an enjoyable and informative stay at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) by familiarizing yourself with National Fire Academy (NFA) student policies for class attendance, code of conduct and dress code.

New guidance on standards of conduct at NETC

Before traveling to NETC, please familiarize yourself with two new documents that provide information about standards of conduct at Federal Emergency Management Agency training facilities.

FEMA Educational and Training Participant Standards of Conduct (FEMA Policy 123-0-2)

Personnel Standards of Conduct (FEMA Directive 123-0-2-1)

Class attendance and cancellation policy


Student substitutions

Substitutions for NFA courses are made from waiting lists; your fire department can’t send someone in your place.

Cancellations or no-shows

NFA’s mission for delivery of courses is impaired significantly by cancellations and no-shows. It is very difficult and costly to recruit students at the last minute. Currently there is a two-year ban on student attendance for students who are no-shows or cancel within 30 days of the course start date without a valid reason. If you receive such a restriction, your supervisor needs to send a letter to our Admissions Office explaining the cancellation/no-show.

Course failure

If you fail an on-campus course, you will not be issued a stipend for that course. You can reapply for the failed course or any other NFA course and go through the random selection process. You don’t have to successfully complete the failed course before attending another NFA course.

Student dress code policy

It is your responsibility to use good judgment in selecting clothing that projects a professional image and is appropriate for both climate differences and classroom activities. NFA superintendents have the authority to make a determination that your clothing is inappropriate. If they do so, you will be required to change into more appropriate clothing before being allowed to continue class.

In routine classroom settings, appropriate business casual attire includes:

What you can’t wear

Recommended graduation attire

Fourth year Executive Fire Officer and second year Managing Officer students only.
  • Suits or dresses.
  • Blouses or class shirts.
  • Dress slacks or skirts.
  • Departmental dress uniforms.
  • Suits.
  • Sports coats.
  • Class shirt.
  • Dress shirts with ties.
  • Dress slacks.
  • Departmental dress uniforms.

For more information on student policies

The student affairs section of the NFA policies document PDF ~3 MB contains information for American and foreign students on:

  • Academic grievances and grade appeals
  • Academic misconduct
  • Admissions procedures
  • Course failures or incompletes
  • Course grades
  • Misconduct on the NETC campus
  • Use of mobile devices in the classroom

For more information on NFA student policies, please contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 301-447-1083.

Human Dignity Statement

The uniqueness of all individuals at the NETC is recognized in their individual diversity, which can be a resource that enriches the working and learning environment through the sharing of differing perspectives. Equal opportunity is provided to all employees, students, contractors and visitors. This is supported by:

  • Ensuring equal opportunity to all employees, students, contractors and visitors.
  • Prohibiting all discrimination and harassment.
  • Supporting affirmative employment policies and practices.
  • Encouraging employees, students, contractors and visitors to communicate and behave in a manner that is sensitive to, and acknowledges the viewpoints of, others.
  • Regarding diversity as a resource that enriches the working and learning environment through the sharing of differing perspectives, experiences and ideas.
  • Removing barriers to teamwork through collaboration, problem-solving and the constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Continuing to identify and eliminate barriers.

Employees, students, contractors and visitors are expected to treat each other with respect at all times. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in appropriate administrative or disciplinary action, including removal and debarment from the facility.