How to apply for National Fire Academy courses

Thank you for your interest in training with us! We look forward to receiving your application and assisting you through the process. For help completing your application, contact our Admissions Office, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at 800-238-3358, ext. 1035, or by email at

Ready to enroll in a free National Fire Academy (NFA) course? Follow these steps to apply for admission:

Application deadlines

Semester datesApplication period
First semesterOct. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019Closed June 15, 2018. Browse the course vacancy list.
Second semesterApril 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019Application period open Oct. 15 – Dec. 15, 2018.

Send your application

On-campus courses and non-U.S. citizen applicants (mail, email or fax)

National Emergency Training Center
Admissions Office
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8998
Fax: 301-447-1441

Off-campus and online courses

Follow application instructions provided on the Course Description page in the NFA catalog.

Application form downloads

If your course code begins with this letter:Use this form:
I, M, P, R or TFEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application PDF 337 KB
C, F, N, O, W or YFEMA Form 119-25-2, General Admissions Short Form Application PDF 234 KB

Application basics

If your application is not accepted for the first semester, you must reapply for second semester courses. Applications are not carried over.

You may apply for more than one course per semester, but you must submit a separate application for each course.

Application notifications

Our Admissions Office will notify you about the status of your application via email no later than 60 days after the close of the application period. Information will not be available before that time.

Please add 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. If you did not provide an email address on your application, your notification will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Applying for course vacancies

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

Requesting a Student Identification Number

If you are interested in applying for an NFA course, you need to register for a SID. Applications for NFA courses that do not include a SID will not be processed.

To obtain a SID

  1. Register at
  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 part of the overall reference number. 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 course number R0214, “Forensic Evidence Collection,” the letter “R” in the reference number 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-day or six-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
FTwo-day off-campus, NFA-sponsored delivery
IInstructor in-service
MOnline-mediated delivery
NSix-day off-campus, NFA-sponsored delivery
OState- and local partner-sponsored training system delivery
PPilot delivery
QSelf-study course
R10-day and six-day on-campus delivery
WTwo-day on-campus delivery
YNFA-approved, state-developed course delivery

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.

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