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 is accepting applications beginning on May 18. The office will not be open to accept applications until May 18. Complete applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on June 12, 2020.

Candidate Acceptance

The Academy will accept candidates who commit to the entire twenty-five class Firefighter certification series. Competitiveness of the process will be determined by the number of applicants. There will be an Agility 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 a mandatory Academy Orientation meeting on Wednesday, July 1st, from 6-9 PM. The starting date for classes is Monday, July 6, 2020. The Academy classes are scheduled for Monday through Thursday nights, 6-10 PM; two to three Saturdays per month, 8 AM-5 PM; and one Sunday, 8 AM-5 PM. Classes 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 $70. 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.

Description Cost Due by
Registration and Insurance ** $181 July 1
Initial Uniforms $37 July 1
Textbook $106 approx. July 6
Graduation Uniforms $33 November 16


Each of the twenty-five courses has an 80% attendance and a blackboard quiz requirement. Each course has practical skills evaluations and the Academy has three comprehensive written tests (Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and HazMat Level I Responder). Students who do not maintain 80% attendance, fail to complete the blackboard quizzes, fail to successfully complete one of the practical skills for the scheduled courses, or who fail to pass any of the three comprehensive written tests 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, 2020.

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

  • Download and print the application packet
  • Read, complete, and sign all of the required forms
  • Attach copy of high school diploma or equivalency
  • Attach Letter of Affiliation if member of a volunteer agency
  • Return completed application packet IN PERSON by June 12th, 2020 at 5:00 PM to the Continuing Education Building front desk.
  • If you have questions, contact Jim Rardin, Academy Coordinator, at 910-938-6228, or e-mail