Executive Leadership Programme – National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)


Our highly successful Executive Leadership Programme is now in its 18th year and we are inviting applications from those who would like to attend the gateway process to secure a place on a future course.  We have a small number of places available on Cohort 21 starting in October 2024 and 24 places on Cohort 22 starting in January 2025.

Please note due to a review and procurement process of our ELP we are unable to provide dates at this time of cohorts post 22 but we hope to have further dates available in early 2025 for future programmes.

The Programme is open to both Operational and Professional Fire Service staff who already hold a strategic leadership position or are likely to in the near future.

All applications must be supported by your Chief Fire Officer via your application form.

The Programme

The Programme consists of five modules, each of three – five days  duration and is delivered by our academic partner – Warwick Business School. Information on the programme and content can be found here.

Candidates MUST be available to attend all five modules of the programme.  The dates for Cohorts 21 and 22 are below.  Future Cohort dates will be available early in 2025. Places are allocated on each cohort immediately after the gateway process for successful candidates and applicants will be notified by letter which cohort they have been allocated to. 

Cohort 21

  • Induction Sunday 20th October – evening
  • Module 1 – 21 –24 October 2024
  • Module 2 – 09 – 12 December 2024
  • Module 3 – 24 – 27 February 2025
  • Module 4 – 12 – 15 May 2025
  • Module 5 – 21 – 24 July 2025

Cohort 22

  • Induction Sunday 5th January – evening
  • Module 1 – 06 – 09 January 2025
  • Module 2 – 24 – 27 March 2025
  • Module 3 – 16 – 19 June 2025
  • Module 4 – 08 – 11 September 2025
  • Module 5 – 10 – 13 November 2025

On completion of the Programme and the associated academic assignments successful candidates will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.


Application is strictly via the application form which can be found HERE. You will be required to provide a C.V. and Supporting Statement which will need to be emailed along with the application form.

The closing date for receipt of all Applications is – 17.00 on Friday 23rd August

All Applications must be supported by your Chief Fire Officer.

Gateway Process

You will be required to participate in the Gateway Process which assesses readiness for the programme and will take place on the dates listed below.

30th September

1st October

2nd December

3rd December

You will only need to attend 1 of these four dates and once we receive applications and have confirmation from your CFO they are supported we will contact you for your preferred date.  Dates are allocated on a first come first served basis. You will be required to attend the gateway for the full day 8.15–5.30pm. Full and further details of the venue will be provided nearer the time.

For any enquiries please email events@nfcc.org.uk.

Closing date: August 23 2024

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