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. It will reopen November 1.

Candidate Acceptance

The Academy will accept candidates who commit to the entire twenty-three class Firefighter certification series. 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 Academy classes are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights every week, 6-10 PM; two Saturdays per month, 8 AM-5 PM; and one Sunday, 8 AM-5 PM. The Academy will not be scheduled on holidays. See the calendar below for the full schedule.


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 before the Orientation meeting. The cost of the text is approximately $106. The cost of required uniforms will be less than $80. 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 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.

Registration and Insurance ** $181 January 6
Initial Uniforms $28 January 6
Textbook $106 Prior to January 6
Graduation Uniforms <$50 May


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 Students who do not successfully complete one of the scheduled courses will be withdrawn from the Academy program.


Candidates must present documentation that they are high school graduates or have a high school equivalency diploma. Candidates must be eighteen years of age by the first day of class.

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. The next step for a student seeking employment as a firefighter would be to attain their EMT-B certification, which is a desired credential for many employers. 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

  • The application packet will be available here on November 1, 2019.
  • Read, complete, and sign all of the required forms in the packet.
  • Attach copy of high school diploma or equivalency.
  • Attach Letter of Affiliation if member of a volunteer agency.
  • Take TABE reading test and attach a copy of result (or TABE document less than one year old).
  • Return completed application packet by November 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM to the Continuing Education Building front desk, or mail to (must be received before the November 26 deadline):
    Coastal Carolina Fire Academy
    444 Western Blvd.
    Jacksonville, NC 28546
  • If you have questions, contact Jim Rardin, Fire Academy Coordinator, at 910-938-6228, or e-mail