Coastal Carolina Fire Academy

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 application period is currently closed. Applications for Academy Class X will be accepted May 1 – May 30, 2019.

Candidate Acceptance

The Academy will accept candidates who commit to the entire twenty-four 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.


For those accepted through the application process, there will be an Academy Orientation meeting on Thursday, January 3, from 6-9 PM. The Academy classes are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights every week, 6-10 PM; eleven Wednesday nights, 6-8 PM; twelve Saturdays, 8 AM-5 PM; and one Sunday, 8 AM-5 PM. The Academy will not be scheduled on holidays. The first day of classes for Academy Class X  will be Monday, July 1, 2019.


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 $85. 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 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 July 1
Initial Uniforms $28 July 1
Textbook $85 +/- Prior to July 1
Graduation Uniforms $30 Mid October


Each of the twenty-four 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 Students who do not successfully complete one of the scheduled courses will be withdrawn from the Academy program.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 July 1, 2019.

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

Print the application packet when available May 1, 2019.

    • Read, complete, and sign all of the required forms
    • Attach copy of high school diploma or equivalency
    • Attach “Request for Fee Exemption Status” 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 May 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM to the Continuing Education Building front desk, or mail to (must be received before the May 30 deadline):
      • Coastal Carolina Fire Academy, 444 Western Blvd., Jacksonville, NC 28546
    • If you have questions, contact Ed Duffield, Department Head, at 910-938-6200, or e-mail