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

NEW! Virginia Law Enforcement School Application and Instructions (fillable form) !

*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.

VFMA School Schedule 2018

COURSE DATES LOCATION APPLICATION OPEN APPLICATION DEADLINE ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION
Fire Inspector 19-02 September 24 – October 12, 2018 Richmond area (Division 1) CLOSED CLOSED September 12, 2018
Fire Investigator 19-02 February 25 –      March 22, 2019 Tidewater (Division 5) December 26, 2018 February 8, 2019 February 13, 2019
Fire Inspector 19-03 March 25 –              April 12, 2019 Tidewater (Division 5) January 21, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 13, 2019
Fire Inspector 19-04 April 29 – May 17, 2019 NOVA      (Division 7) February 25, 2019 April 12, 2019 April 17, 2019
Fire Investigator 19-03 June 3 – June 28, 2019 Central Area (Division 3) April 1, 2019 May 17, 2019 May 22, 2019
Fire Inspector 20-01 July 8 – July 26, 2019 Southwest (Division 6) May 6, 2019 June 21, 2019 June 26, 2019
Fire Investigator 20-01 July 29 – August 23, 2019 NOVA      (Division 7) May 28, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 17, 2019
39th Basic Law Enforcement Academy September 9 – November 15, 2019 Fort Pickett (Blackstone, VA) June 3, 2019 July 26, 2019 July 31, 2019
Fire Inspector 20-02 September 23 – October 11, 2019 Richmond (Division 1) July 22, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 11, 2019

Please send all general correspondence, including course applications, course requests and transcript audit requests to FMA@vdfp.virginia.gov.