National Fire Academy student eligibility

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.

Selection criteria

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.

Prerequisites

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.

ICS-100- and ICS-200-level training for on-campus students

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:

ICS-100

  • Q0462, Introduction to ICS for Operational First Responders (2007 version or later).
  • F0163 or W0163, NIMS – ICS for Emergency Medical Services (2007 version or later).
  • F0376 or W0376, ICS and Resource Management for the Fire Service (2014).

ICS-200

  • Q0463, Basic NIMS ICS for Operational First Responders (2007 version or later).
  • F0163 or W0163, NIMS – ICS for Emergency Medical Services (2007 version or later).
  • F0376 or W0376, ICS and Resource Management for the Fire Service (2014).

Help with course codes

Application information for these courses is available in the NFA catalog. Enter the course code or course name to search for a course.

Non-discrimination in admission decisions

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.

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