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College of The Albemarle (COA) offers programs to help you build skills in specialized emergency and public service occupational areas. Fees are waived for active duty personnel at agencies in our service area. Please call 252-335-0821 ext. 2518 for information on the latest classes and registration forms.

Fees are waived for active duty personnel at agencies in the our service area.


Fire and Rescue Service Training helps prepare firefighters to serve their communities. Training sessions are held in fire departments throughout our seven-county service area, training you as part of an organized group with the equipment you would use in controlling fires.

Schedules and Calendars

Dare County Campus Fire Academy

Elizabeth City Campus Fire School

Fire Service Training Schedule (multiple regional locations)

North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission Technical Rescuer


Policy and Procedures for Instructors

Fire Class Request Form

Fire Class Minor Release Form

BLET is a 16-week certificate program, typically offered twice a year, and designed to give you the essential skills required for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer. You’ll participate in over 600 hours of training, including classroom tests, physical training and a physical assessment. At the end of the class, you’ll sit for the certification examination administered by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. In-service classes mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Commission Training and Standards Division (including those for telecommunicators and detention officers) are provided online as well as in a traditional classroom setting.


  • Cheryl Griffin

  • BLET Qualified Assistant

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2210

ALET course work is designed to offer current law enforcement officers advanced learning opportunities that may be counted toward an intermediate or advanced law enforcement certificate.


2017 Advanced Law Enforcement Training Calendar


252-335-0821 ext. 2210

EMS training courses meet both the initial training and WDCR requirements for medical responders within COA’s service area.

The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services works with the college to develop classes for individuals interested in joining a first responder department, rescue squad and/or EMS agency. The classes we offer include Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic. For additional information on class prerequisites and qualifications, please contact the EMS Director, John Wilson at 252-335-0821 ext. 2519 or

WDCR is provided by COA through each of the county’s EMS agencies. Please contact the appropriate agency for class dates and times.

Upcoming Classes

  • Spring 2017 semester: EMT and AEMT.

If your agency wishes to hold a special class of any kind or if you have questions about our EMS WDCR classes, please contact us.

COA offers the Corrections Officer Training program. This week-long class provides the Workforce Development and Career Readiness requirements for North Carolina Department of Corrections personnel serving at state prisons, including Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City. COA is also working toward certification to offer the Detention Officer Training program, an intensive, month-long class for those interested in serving at the county or municipal level.