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How to become an NFA contract instructor


The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) is always looking for high quality candidates to be contract instructors. NFA courses are considered to be some of the best in the nation and with that we adhere to high instructional standards.

General requirements


NFA instructors must have subject area experience and proven successful teaching experience. Review the individual course criteria to be certain that you meet the qualifications for each course you wish to teach. Please pay careful attention to the experience requirements for each course.


Education requirements are specified for each course. All degree requirements must be satisfied from nationally and/or regionally accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


We recommend that applicants be certified through:

  • An established training organization or association.
  • Completion of an instructional methods course from a college or university.

In order to be retained, contract instructors must perform well in all aspects of their responsibilities, including classroom instruction and administration. See the Contract Instructor Bid Package PDF ~700 KB for specific information concerning work requirements.

NFA students in a classroom

How to submit an application

If you are applying as a Contract Facilitator for courses under the revised Executive Fire Officer Program, please refer to the specific facilitator criteria for application instructions. If you qualify and would like to apply, please submit your application or any questions you have to: fema-nfainstructorapp@fema.dhs.gov.

The following documents are required for each application:

Do not include your Social Security Number and/or your date of birth on any of the documents you submit.

Email your application to fema-nfainstructorapp@fema.dhs.gov.

Upon receipt of your application package, an NFA Training Specialist will review it. You will receive an email notification within 30 days regarding the status of your application.

Questions about submitting your application? Please email them to fema-nfainstructorapp@fema.dhs.gov.

Other important information

Once we review your application and determine you meet the qualification standards, you must complete the following administrative requirements:

For more information, please review the administrative requirements for NFA instructors.

National Fire Academy policies for contract instructors

This document contains policies that all contract instructors need to be familiar with, such as:

It also includes policies related to curriculum development and delivery and student affairs. Download the policy document PDF 1.8 MB