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National Fire Academy online-mediated courses

New learning management system for mediated courses coming in 2021

The NFA is excited to announce that we are migrating to the Blackboard Learn Learning Management System (LMS).

The new LMS will be available in 2021. We understand the importance you place on online learning for your professional development and are working hard to bring this option back to you. Check this page and follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) for updates.

Mediated enrollments (with a few exceptions) are on hold.

Information for Executive Fire Officer and Managing Officer students

We will provide Executive Fire Officer (EFO) and Managing Officer (MO) courses on a temporary system during the migration. If you are an EFO or MO student enrolled in an upcoming offering, you will receive an email a week before the start of the course with information on how to access the temporary system.

If you do not receive this e-mail five days prior to your course start date, please email the NFA Online Help Desk.


Email the NFA Online Help Desk

Please add to the subject line: Question regarding LMS migration to assist us in quickly identifying your question.

Your positive learning experience with the NFA is very important to us! We will make every effort to ensure the migration goes as smoothly as possible.

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About our online-mediated courses

Online-mediated courses offer instructor-led training and education that does not require attendance in a traditional “brick and mortar” classroom. With online-mediated learning, you will have the opportunity to interact with your classmates and deliberate on the topics being taught. An NFA instructor will facilitate the learning process and provide valuable feedback.

Courses range from four to six weeks in length, and you will be required to complete weekly assignments and papers, participate in class discussions online, and read various articles as the instructor assigns them. While most courses can be completed at your own pace (asynchronously), some courses may contain components that require your attendance online at a specific time (synchronous).

Online options for on-campus students

In addition to online-mediated courses, the NFA recently began including online options for many of our on-campus courses. These options may include pre-course work, final exam, daily reading and posting, student feedback and reading assignments, and other homework. Your welcome package for the course will tell you how to participate.

Mediated courses are virtually held, asynchronous instructor-led courses that include features such as student discussion forums and the writing of traditional papers.

If you have any questions or experience problems taking NFA online-mediated courses, please email our Help Desk at nfaonlinetier2@fema.dhs.gov.