Coastal Carolina Fire Academy

Thank you for your interest in the Coastal Carolina Fire Academy! Beginning in January, 2022, the Fire Academy will be offered on two schedules. One is a daytime schedule Monday through Friday (six-month program when including EMT) and the second schedule is an evening/weekend program (six-month program without EMT). Both schedules lead to North Carolina Firefighter certification. The Academy is delivered on campus at Coastal Carolina Community College and other training locations in Onslow County.

Fire Academy Application Process

The Academy application process is currently open for the evening/weekend Academy (Class XV). Email Jim Rardin at to request the application packet for the evening/weekend Academy. The application period for the evening/weekend Academy closes at 4:00 p.m. on November 30, 2021.

The next application process, which is for the daytime Academy (Class 22B), will open March 1, 2022.


Candidates must present documentation that they are high school graduates (copy of a diploma or full transcript) or have a high school equivalency diploma. Candidates must be eighteen years of age by the start date of their class.

Candidate Acceptance

Academy classes are limited to 20 students. Students must commit to the entire block of instruction to be considered for acceptance. Applicants are evaluated for acceptance using five criteria- (1) affiliation with a fire department in Onslow County, (2) physical agility test, (3) CASAS Reading test score, (4) personal essay, and (5) date of application. Details of these criteria are included in the application package.


The evening/weekend Academy (Class XV) starts Thursday, January 6, 2022. The evening / weekend Academy schedule is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights every week, 6-10 PM; some Wednesday nights, 6-10 PM; some Saturdays 8 AM-5 PM; and one Sunday, 8 AM-5 PM.

The daytime Academy (Class 22B) starts Tuesday, June 1, 2022. The daytime Academy schedule is Monday through Thursday 7:30-4:30, and Friday 7:30-11:30.

Academy classes will not be scheduled on holidays. See the calendar below for the full schedule of both programs.


The Academy is delivered in a block format and requires a registration fee of $180, a graduation fee of $5, and an insurance fee of $1. The registration fee must be paid before the first class meeting. The cost of the text is approximately $126. The cost of required uniforms will be approximately $150. The registration fees and associated costs are not eligible for VA/GI Bill benefits. The EMT portion of the daytime academy is a separate registration.

We encourage those interested in the Academy to become members of their local volunteer fire department. This may make you eligible for waived registration fees and gives you access to the required PPE from the department. Those who are on the roster of a NC fire department will need only to pay the graduation fee and purchase the text and their uniforms. Proof of membership will be required.



Registration and Insurance


Graduation Fee


Initial Uniforms



$126 approx.

Graduation Uniforms

$105 approx. ($35 without badge)

EMT Class (second part of daytime Academy)

The EMT class has additional registration costs, fees, and textbooks.



Each student must attend as close to 100% of the instructional hours in each of the twenty-five courses as possible (there is some leeway made for excused absences but a student may never miss more than 20% of any one subject) and pass a blackboard quiz with a minimum score of 70% for each course. Each course has practical skills evaluations and the Academy has five comprehensive written tests (Emergency Medical Care, Safety & Survival, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and HazMat Ops). Students who do not maintain the attendance requirement, fail to complete the blackboard quizzes, fail to complete one of the practical skills for the scheduled courses, or who fail to pass any of the five comprehensive written tests will be withdrawn from the Academy program.

Career Opportunities

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.

Students seeking employment as a career firefighter are encouraged to complete Emergency Medical Technician training at Coastal as many fire departments now prefer candidates who hold an EMT credential.

Fire Academy Scholarship Application

The Fire Academy has a dedicated scholarship, All applicants are encouraged to apply. Apply Here:

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 other training locations in Onslow County.