You may take courses offered by the National Fire Academy (NFA) if you have substantial involvement in fire prevention and control, Emergency Medical Services, fire-related emergency management activities, or aligned professions. As a rule, you can’t take the same course more than once.
You must meet the selection criteria for each course. Selection is also based on:
Selection criteria for each course is available in the NFA catalog. Enter the course code or course name to search for a course.
Some courses have prerequisites that you must meet before you can take them. Check the course detail page of the NFA catalog for eligibility information on courses of interest.
We require that all on-campus students complete Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training before applying for a course. While we prefer that you complete the “Introduction to ICS for Operational First Responders” and “Basic NIMS ICS for Operational First Responders” courses available through NFA Online, we will accept other National Incident Management System (NIMS)-compliant equivalent training as provided by state and federal agencies.
Your fire chief’s signature attests that you have completed this required, prerequisite training.
These NFA courses meet the NIMS requirements for ICS-100 and ICS-200:
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Application information for these courses is available in the NFA catalog. Enter the course code or course name to search for a course.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is an equal opportunity institution. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, or disability in its admissions and student-related policies and procedures. The USFA makes every effort to assure equitable representation of minorities and women in its student body. Qualified minority and female candidates are encouraged to apply for all courses. A very limited number of opportunities are available for non-U.S. citizens to attend NFA courses.