Basic Operations Firefighter Academy (320 hours)
The NIPSTA Basic Operations Firefighter Academy is an exceptional educational experience, satisfying both the requirements of the State of Illinois Basic Operations Firefighter Certification and fulfilling the year-round training needs of fire departments and fire protection districts. NFA's nine-week curriculum exceeds all learning objectives identified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, as well as NFPA 1001. All training is accomplished on the 20-acre NIPSTA Campus and is supported by multiple state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor training props. The program is delivered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. To Register for the NIPSTA Fire Academy, you must be sponsored by a fire department; no independent students are currently being accepted into this program.
The Fire Academy can reached at FireAcademy@nipsta.org, or by contacting any of the coordinators listed to the right.
Upcoming Fire Academy Dates
1901 - Winter Session: January 14 - March 15, 2019 [closed]
1902 - Spring Session:April 15 - June 14, 2019
1903 - Summer Session: July 15 - September 13, 2019
1904 - Fall Session: October 14 - December 15, 2019
As recommended by the IL OSFM, the following textbook is required for NIPSTA’s Basic Operations Firefighter course:
Jones & Bartlett Learning Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills: Evidence Based Practices”, 3rd Edition
The following textbook is required if you or your student will be participating in the Hazardous Materials portion of NIPSTA's Basic Firefighter program (more info here):
Title: Hazardous Awareness and Operations, 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett
Emergency Response Guide, 2016 Edition, Department of Transportation
Ordering info can be found on the course registration page.
Fire Departments or municipalities need to set up an account prior to registering students for NIPSTA's Basic Operations Firefighter program. Account set up is simple and quick. Please visit our Account Set-up and Registration page, found under the About NIPSTA menu.
The deadline for registration is one (1) week prior to the start of the program. If space is available, last minute requests may be accommodated by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have an employee name, you may proceed to the registration page, add the new student name to your department account roster, select the appropriate academy session, select the student(s), then proceed to the check-out page. If you have not set up an account for your department, you must do so first by clicking on the "Log-in/Create Account" button found at the center/left of the page.
You will receive a confirmation invoice or receipt immediately after completing the registration process. Confirmed registrations will be added to the course roster in chronological order. A maximum of thirty (30) candidates will be enrolled; additional registrations will be assigned to a waiting list in the order received.
For fire departments that are in the process of hiring a new employee, and do not have a name and date of birth at the time of registrations, please use the following procedure:
Choose the appropriate fire academy session.
You will need to establish a new member account on your department roster for each position held by choosing "Add Account Member" at the bottom of the "Account Members" list visible to the right.
Under First Name - enter your fire department name.
Under Last Name - enter TBD. If you are reserving more than one spot enter TBD1, TBD2, etc.
Save new account member(s).
Choose the new account member(s) you wish to enroll and add them to your "cart".
Follow the prompts, proceed to "checkout", and complete your transaction.
Only paid TBDs can be confirmed. In the event that a session reaches max enrollment, and a waiting list is established, unpaid TBDs will be moved to the waiting list. This to accommodate departments with employee info (name & DOB). Maximum enrollment for NIPSTA's BOF academy is 30.
Departments may substitute for a confirmed candidate by editing their member account roster, or emailing the Fire & Tech Rescue Director.
A department may cancel a confirmed reservation at any time for any reason prior to the start of a session. Cancellations after the start of a session will result in a 50% refund of the paid tuition (75% for NIPSTA members). Unpaid reservations canceled after the start of a program will result in a cancelation fee of 10% of the tuition cost.
Montgomery G.I. Bill Information
The State of Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs has identified NIPSTA’s Basic Fire Academy course eligible for reimbursement for a veteran's federal VA education benefits. If you qualify for “G.I. Bill” education benefits, you may apply for VA reimbursement benefits for this course. This reimbursement will come directly to you, normally after you have completed the course.
If G.I. Bill recipients wish to pay for the course directly at the time of registration, they will receive an invoice at checkout that can be submitted to the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
If the G.I. Bill recipient’s fire department will be paying, they may pay via purchase order at checkout, and the G.I. Bill recipient will need to coordinate reimbursement with their fire department.