The Cadet Academy is approximately 26 weeks from initial applicant testing to cadet graduation. If selected, the academy lasts approximately 16 weeks. During the academy the cadets will be required to work Monday thru Friday and will report to the Training Academy between the hours of 0800 to 1700.
Each cadet will participate in arduous physical training, classroom work, hands on skill training, homework, quizzes and tests. All curriculum exceeds the IFSAC FFI and FFII certification requirements. All cadets that graduate will be issued an IFSAC certification from the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy (NMFTA).
After graduation, a cadet is listed as a probationary firefighter and will be placed on a twenty-four hour assigned shift in the field and will remain an at will employee until their nine month probation period is over.