Texas Fire Chiefs Academy

Texas Fire Chiefs Academy is a comprehensive training opportunity for current fire chiefs and those who aspire to be fire chiefs. After completing Year 2 training, you’ll earn your Certified Fire Executive “CFE” professional designation. Years 1 & 2 are available at both spring and fall academies.

Attend one or both of the upcoming Texas Fire Chiefs Academies. This Academy is quickly becoming a desired/required credential for fire chief positions throughout the state, as seen in several recent job postings. Your department may qualify for up to $575 of funding that could go toward tuition! Review the Texas Forest Service Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program guidelines. Current chiefs and executive officers are especially encouraged to attend. Graduates of the Academy receive the Certified Fire Executive or CFE professional designation.

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2024 Spring Academy – Grapevine – Registration Coming Soon.

Event Details

June 3-7, 2024
Each class is limited to 75 attendees.


  • Sunday, June 2
    • 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Registration and Check-In
  • Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6
    • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Required Academy Presentations
  • Friday, June 7
    • 8:00 am – 11:00 am | Required Academy Presentations
    • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lunch and Graduation Ceremony

More agenda details coming soon.

TFCA provides lunch for each day of the Academy. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for all guest and dinner is on your own each night.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Grapevine DFW Airport North
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051

Registration Fee - $1,250

Registration is expected to open in February 2024. Please complete the interest form below to receive notification when the next Fire Chiefs Academy opens.

Interest Form

Hotel Information

TFCA has secured a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites at a discounted room rate. Information for booking in the room block will be announced when registration opens.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Attendee Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given for written requests received on or before May 13, 2024. A 50% refund will be issued for written requests received between May 14 – 20, 2024. No refunds will be issued after May 20, 2024. Cancellations must be received in writing from the original registrant to [email protected]. No cancellations will be taken by phone. Registrants who do not attend the conference and/or do not contact TFCA via written correspondence during the set window as directed above will be responsible for the full attendee registration fee.

Attending the Fire Chief Academy requires prework. Your registration may be subject to cancellation without refund if the requirements are not received before the Academy deadlines. It is expected that you communicate with Ken Prillaman, [email protected], if you have any concerns about the deadlines.

Attendee Substitution Policy

Due to the pre-work required for the Fire Chief Academy, no substitutions will be taken.

Sponsorship Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected]. No cancellations will be accepted over the phone. Cancellations are effective on the date written notification is received by TFCA. To qualify for a full refund, cancellations must be received one month before the event’s start date. A fifty percent (50%) refund will be given for cancellations received three weeks before the event’s start date. Sponsors canceling after three weeks before the event start date, will be responsible for (100%) payment in full. Sponsors that do not provide written notification of cancellation and do not participate in the event will be responsible for payment in full and may jeopardize the right to sponsor at future events.