Coastal Carolina Fire Academy

Thank you for your interest in the Coastal Carolina Fire Academy! The Academy is a part-time evening and weekend program that leads to North Carolina Firefighter Certification. The Academy is delivered on campus at Coastal Carolina Community College and at other training locations in Onslow County.

The Academy application period is now closed. The application period will open again on November 1, 2016 with applications due by November 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM.


For those accepted through the application process, the Academy will begin Monday, January 9, 2017. The class schedule will be every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night 6-10 PM, two Wednesdays each month 6-8 PM, and two Saturdays each month 8 AM to 5 PM. There will be two Sundays on the schedule as well. We will not hold class on holidays. The schedule will be available on the calendar at the bottom of this page once finalized.

Candidates who complete the Academy successfully are eligible to receive a North Carolina Firefighter Certification from the NC Office of State Fire Marshal. This certification is IFSAC accredited, meaning it is accepted through reciprocity in over forty other states. If you are considering taking your certification to another state you should contact their certifying authority to understand their IFSAC reciprocity rules.


The Academy is delivered in a block format and requires a registration fee of $180 and an insurance fee of $1. The registration fee must be paid at the Orientation meeting. The cost of the text is approximately $95. The cost of required uniforms will be less than $200. At this time, the registration fees and associated costs are not eligible for VA/GI Bill benefits. Financial aid may be available for the Academy. For information, call 938-6309.

At this time we strongly encourage those interested in the Academy to become members of their local volunteer fire department. This makes you eligible for waived registration fees and gives you access to the requisite PPE from the department. Those who are members of a NC volunteer fire department will need only to purchase the text and their uniforms. Proof of membership will be required.

Description Cost Due
Registration and Insurance ** $181 January, 2017
Initial Uniforms $25 January, 2017
Textbook $95 +/- Prior to January 9
Graduation Uniforms <$175 April 1

Candidate Acceptance

The Academy will accept candidates who commit to the entire firefighter certification block. Competitiveness of the process will be determined by the number of applicants. There will be an Agility Test and a TABE Reading test requirement for each applicant. Details of these requirements are included in the application package.


The block format of this Academy requires that every student successfully complete all of the individual courses within the firefighter certification block in order to receive credit for any of the courses per NC OSFM and NCCCS rules.

Each of the twenty-four courses in the block has an 80% attendance requirement. Each course has practical skills evaluations and written testing. Students who do not successfully complete one of the courses in the block will be removed from the Academy program.


Candidates must present documentation that they are High School graduates or have a high school equivalency diploma.

Career Opportunities

While this Academy is not for direct placement into a career as a firefighter, it does make the successful graduate a desirable candidate for hiring. Additionally the Academy members will be exposed to career firefighters who work throughout Onslow County and may be a valuable resource in the job search.