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 process is currently closed. The next application process will open November 2, 2020 for Class XIII that will begin in January 2021.

Candidate Acceptance

The Academy will accept candidates who commit to the entire Firefighter certification series. Competitiveness of the process will be determined by the number of applicants. There will be four (4) competitive requirements for each applicant. Details of these requirements are included in the application package. Students who are members of a fire department (on the official roster with department-provided PPE as attested to by the Fire Chief) will be considered before students who are not affiliated with a department.


For those accepted through the application process, there will be a mandatory Academy Orientation meeting on Monday January 4th, 2021 from 6-9 PM. The starting date for classwork is Tuesday January 5th, 2021. See the calendar below for the full schedule.


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 Orientation meeting. The cost of the text is approximately $106. The cost of required uniforms will be less than $60. At this time, the registration fees and associated costs are not eligible for VA/GI Bill benefits.

We strongly 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 may give you access to the required PPE from the department. Those who are members of a NC volunteer fire department may only need to purchase the text and their uniforms. Proof of membership will be required.


Attendance is mandatory for all Fire Academy sessions. There are minimal reasons for which absences will be excused.

Each course has at least one quiz that must be completed successfully. Most courses have hands-on skills that must be completed successfully. There are five comprehensive exams that must be passed with a minimum score of 70%.


Candidates must present documentation that they are high school graduates (copy of diploma or full transcript) or have a high school equivalency diploma. Candidates must be eighteen years of age by January 4th, 2021.

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.

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.

Application Process

  • Applications will be available here on November 2.
  • If you have questions, contact Jim Rardin, Academy Coordinator, at 910-938-6228, or e-mail