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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Fire Chief Shawn Snider – Texas Fire Chief Academy Memorial Scholarship

The Fire Chief Shawn Snider – Texas Fire Chief Academy Memorial Scholarship is available to assist eligible applicants attend the Texas Fire Chief Academy and Battalion Chiefs Academy. For full details and to apply, please click the link below. 

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2024 Fall Academy – San Marcos

Event Details

Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11
Each class is limited to 75 attendees.


  • Sunday, October 6
    • 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Registration and Check-In
  • Monday, October 7 – Thursday, October 10
    • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Required Academy Presentations
  • Friday, October 11
    • 8:00 am – 11:30 am | Required Academy Presentations

Full conference agenda coming soon.

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


Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center
1001 E McCarty Lane
San Marcos, TX 78666

Registration Fee - $1,250

The 2024 Fall Fire Chief Academy application will open on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 10:00 am. Due to assignment deadlines, we will only allow registrations for a short window of time. Please see the important dates below. Failure to meet deadlines will result in your registration for the class being cancelled.

Due to high demand, the Year 2 class is now SOLD OUT. Please join the waitlist to be notified if spots become available.

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Year 2: Join the Waitlist

Hotel Information

TFCA has secured a limited room block at the Embassy Suites. These rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center
1001 E McCarty Lane
San Marcos, TX 78666
Rate: $109/night

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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.