About Virginia Fire Marshal Academy
Fire Marshals serve as the law and code enforcement arm of the fire service. After receiving extensive training, fire inspectors and investigators are responsible for fire prevention, inspections and investigations. The Virginia Fire Marshal Academy recruits instructors to teach these extensive programs and organizes training classes that are held throughout the Commonwealth.
- VFMA Course Descriptions
- Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Application and Instructions
- Civilian Entry for VFMA Schools
*Please Note as of June 1, 2017* – Code of Virginia §15.2-1705 defines the minimum qualifications for law enforcement officers within the Commonwealth. There are specific categories and types of offenses that disqualify an individual from holding such a position. This information is reproduced on the updated application. Rather than submitting a criminal history / background check to VFMA, we are placing responsibility on the employing / sponsoring agency to conduct a criminal history / background check and certify that the applicant satisfies the stated criteria. There is a signature block on the application for the Chief of Department or Chief Executive of the jurisdiction to certify this information.
**Visit the COVID-19 page for more announcements on VDFP directives. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.**
VFMA School Schedule 2021
|Course||Location||School Starts||School Ends||Applications Open||Applications Closed||Students Notifications|
|Inspector Bridge/Re-Entry||Division 7
|1033 Fire Investigator – Class Full||Division 5
|1031 Fire Inspector||Division 5 Norfolk||03/15/21||04/02/21||12/30/21||1/29/21||2/13/21|
|Communicating with Your Community T-t-T –Location Change||Division 3 Albemarle||3/24/21||3/24/21||1/6/21||2/20/21||3/1/21|
|Basic Law Enforcement
NOTE: DATE CHANGE
|Environmental Crimes||Division 2 Spotsylvania||4/5/21||4/9/21||1/20/21||2/19/21||3/6/21|
|Fire Life Safety Educator Level I – Rescheduled from January||Division 5 Newport News||4/12/21||4/15/21||1/27/21||3/20/21||3/29/21|
|1031 Fire Inspector||
|Fire Life Safety Educator Level II||Division 1
|1031 Fire Inspector – Location Change||Division 2 Augusta||7/12/21||7/30/21||4/1/21||5/28/21||6/12/21|
|Fire Life Safety Educator Level I||Division 7 Loudoun||7/12/21||7/15/21||4/1/21||5/28/21||6/12/21|
|Environmental Crimes||Division 5 Hampton||7/19/21||7/23/21||5/5/21||6/4/21||6/19/21|
|1033 Fire Investigator||Division 2 Shenandoah||8/2/21||8/27/21||5/19/21||6/18/21||7/3/21|
|1031 Fire Inspector||Division 1
|Environmental Crimes||Division 6 Roanoke||10/18/21||10/22/21||8/4/21||9/3/21||9/18/21|
|1033 Fire Investigator||Division 6
|Fire Life Safety Educator Level II||Division 5
Please send all general correspondence, including course applications, course requests and transcript audit requests to FMA@vdfp.virginia.gov.
Inquiries regarding re-certification hours or course requests shall be submitted in accordance with the VFMA Request Procedures.
This program is intended for 1031 Fire Inspector accredited certificate holders seeking reciprocity to satisfy the requirements of Section 27.34-2 of the Code of Virginia regarding the authority to arrest, to procure and serve warrants of arrest and to issue summons or certificate holders that are classified as lapsed according to Virginia Certification Standard, Section 12VAC5-21-51 regarding issuance and maintenance of certificates.
DHCD-VBCA Core Module
When registering for the 1031 Fire Inspector class please review the Department of Housing and Community Development- Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy (VBCA) course schedule for registration dates for the “Core” module as it is highly suggested that this course is taken prior to 1031 Fire Inspector. Registration for this course is completed through the VBCA. Please find below the link to the VBCA course schedule.