Executive Fire Officer Program admission requirements

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The target audience for the National Fire Academy's (NFA) Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program is active and emerging executive-level leaders in fire and emergency service organizations. The program is designed to provide executive officers with bold and imaginative public policy solutions to create safe, healthy, prepared and resilient communities. If you are accepted into the program, you will experience an environment that fosters individual growth and development, and an appreciation for lifelong learning as a strategic leader.

The ideal candidate

You must be willing and able to commit to two years of rigorous academic and professional development activities that include multiple in-resident sessions at the NFA in a cohort environment and online mediated courses throughout the two years. With a cohort environment there is no flexibility to change sessions, and there are stringent deadlines for the completion of required course work.

You must also meet the service and academic requirements.

Service requirement

You must hold one of the following ranks or positions within an agency:

Academic requirement

The EFO Program selection process is a transcript-based evaluation process. You must have a baccalaureate degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time of application.

Credit by examination or life experience

If your baccalaureate or higher degree includes credit by examination and/or life experiences course work, your transcript must document at least 60 college credit hours (or quarter-hour equivalent) from course work not associated with credit by examination and/or life experiences (including credit for nonacademic certificate courses and/or professional certifications).