S-130, Firefighter Training, 2008

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Blended Course Work

This is an NWCG-certified course. View the NWCG certification statement for this course. 

This blended course includes an online component (estimate 22 hours) and a instructor-led component (mandatory field exercise). A description of the field exercise day can be found in Performance Day Requirements module.  

Additional information about the course can be found on the Overview page.

Instructions for Online

  1. Complete the online component (see below).
  2. You will be directed to the National Fire Academy (NFA) Online website. You will need an NFA Online account to take this course; follow directions on the NFA Online website to obtain an account. Search for course title in the catalog and add the online course to your “To-Do-List.” The NFA Online learning management system will track your progress.  Note: There is an optional module available called "Optional Knowledge Areas" under "Easy Links" on the student's "Home" page tab that covers the following topics: pump operations, navigation, wildland fire investigation, and cultural resources.  This optional module is not tracked in the NFA Online learning management system and will not issue a certificate upon completion.  This module is only for your benefit to gain additional knowledge.
  3. There is a challenge review at the end of each module.
    • You must obtain a passing score of 70% or higher on each review.
    • When you successfully complete the review, you will be able to print or pdf a "module" certificate of completion. 
  4. When you successfully complete all of the challenge reviews, and all modules have tracked complete in the NFA Online, and the online component has moved to the "Completed Work" section, you will then be able to print a S-130 certificate of completion for the online component. Note: Upon successful completion of the field day exercise, the lead instructor will issue the student  a S-130, Firefighter Training (Blended) 2008 certificate of completion. 
    • Print the NWCG certificate of completion (instructions below). Keep the certificate as proof of successful completion of the course.


  1. To complete the instructor-led component (field day exercise) you must find a local, state or federal agency that is hosting the field day exercise. 
  2. Check with the Lead instructor for the field day exercise to determine whether module completion certificates, the online component completion certificate, or both are required to submit in order to attend the instructor-led component (field day exercise).



Chrome and Safari will not work with online content.  Please read Browser Requirements below to learn about compatible browsers.  Link to online training logon.

Chrome and Safari ARE NOT compatible with NWCG Online course content and will not track your progress. NWCG Online courses are Flash-based, so they only work in certain browsers and with certain settings enabled. You MUST use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge browsers. Please see the write up below for help in configuring you browser.

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If you do not receive a green check mark to the left of the module name on the Course Content screen when completing a module, then your browser is not configured correctly or you are using an incompatible browser.  At that point do not proceed until you have correctly configured the browser. Browser settings are normally ​accomplished at the user level.  If you work for an agency you may have to contact your agency's IT Department for assistance in configuring the IE browser to access the online training.


Flash Player Download and Help 


Confirm the installed Adobe Reader is the current version for the browser you are using:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the three tutorial links below to ensure IE is configured correctly. Course progress tracking issues will persist in IE if the browser is not configured per this guidance.

  1. IE Pop-up Blocker Settings.
  2. IE Compatibility Setting.
  3. IE Trusted Site Setting. Note: USFS and BLM students, this setting is already globally set by your agency.  Other agencies: If you are unable to access this setting you will need to contact your IT representative.

Mozilla Firefox

In order for Flash content to display correctly, you must ensure Shockwave Flash is installed and that "Always Activate" is selected and "Block dangerous and intrusive Flash" is not selected. A step-by-step process with screenshots is posted here.  

Additional information regarding Flash can be found on Mozilla’s Firefox Support site.  

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge can be found on most Windows 10 computers. However, Flash content will not work in all versions of Edge. In order to attempt an NWCG course in Edge, the Flash player must be enabled and Flash content allowed. Adobe provides instructions on doing both here

If, after adjusting your settings, Edge does not run NWCG online courses, you will need to switch to Firefox or IE.


How to enable JavaScript in your browser

Mac Users

The following is the required software and plugins needed to access the online training using a Mac OS X.  If your progress does not track while accessing the online training on a Mac, you will need to switch to a Windows PC that is correctly configured:

  • Mozilla Firefox Browser is the only compatible browser for Mac users.
  • Shockwave Flash must be installed per guidance provided above.
  • Current Adobe Reader
Note: It may be helpful to print this page to use as a reference if you run into problems with your online course work not tracking.

For additional questions

Please go to the NWCG FAQ page.

1. Confirm the installed Adobe Reader is the current version for the browser you are using:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

2. To print the online course completion certificate, log into your NFA Online account.  From your Home Page select "View All" in the "Completed Work" pod.

3. Hover mouse over the title of the course, wait for pop-up and select "Print Certificate":

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