Apply for Fireman and Engineer Licenses

Information on how to apply for 1st & 2nd Class Fireman and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Class Engineer Licenses

Boiler & Pressure Vessel Program Licensing

Phone

For other Fire Safety Division Licensing call (978) 567-3375

The Details

What you need

In order to work as a First or Second Class Fireman or a First, Second or Third Class Engineer in Massachusetts you need to be licensed.

You must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen (except for the 2nd class fireman license);
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Pass written and oral exams.

Fees

Name Fee Unit
1st and 2nd Class Fireman $100 each
Renewal 1st & 2nd Class Fireman License $90 each
1st and 2nd Class Engineer $150 each
Renewal 1st & 2nd Class Engineer $90 each
3rd Class Engineer $100 each
Renewal of 3rd Class Engineer License $90 each

How to apply

Submit completed application, fee and any required attachments to:

Boiler & Pressure Vessel Program
Department of Fire Services
P. O. Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775

Next steps

  1. Application for All Classes of Fireman and Engineer's Licenses

    Use the same form to apply for all classes of fireman and engineer licenses.

    Completed applications must include:

    • Completed Application with proper mailing AND home address, social security number;
    • Non-refundable fee;
    • One (1) passport style color photograph measuring 2” by 2”;
    • MA residents do not have to send photographs if they permit DFS use of their RMV photograph on the application;
    • Proof of age (legible copy of current driver's license is acceptable)
    • Documentation of work experience;
    • Endorsement (expect applications for second class fireman and special licenses) by an engineer or fireman holding a Massachusetts license of the same grade as that applied for, or of a higher grade.
  2. Examinations

    In order to become a licensed Fireman or Engineer in Massachusetts you must pass the written and oral exam.

    Once the completed application has been received you will be registered for the next exam date. If the application is received after the deadline for the next exam, you will be registered for the following exam.

    Incomplete applications will be returned to you.

    You may request special accommodations for exams. This request must be submitted with the application package.

    You may request an appeal hearing for Engineer Exam results. Use the form below.

  3. Apply for a Second Class Fireman License

    Anyone who is operating any boiler that is not used exclusively for heating purposes and does not hold a higher grade license must hold a Second Class Fireman license.

    Required Professional Experience:

    • There is no citizenship requirement for the Second Class Fireman license.
  4. Apply for a First Class Fireman License

    Anyone who is in actual authority as the ‘Fireman-in-charge’ of any boiler where the safety valve or valves are set to blow at a pressure not exceeding 25 PSI, who is held responsible by the owners as well as the proper authorities for the daily operation and maintenance of the steam boiler(s). This person is also the person responsible for all persons operating these boilers, engines, and/or turbines. A person holding a first class fireman's license may operate a third class plant under the engineer in direct charge.

    Required Professional Experience:

    • 1 year experience in a boiler or steam power plant as a steam engineer, fireman, control room operator, water tender, auxiliary operator or engineer's assistant; or
    • Held and used a Second Class Engineer's License for at least 6 months.

     

    • Apply for a Third Class Engineer License

      Anyone who is in actual authority as the ‘Engineer-in-Charge’, of any boiler or boilers not exceeding, in the aggregate, 150 horsepower when solid fuel is burned, or not exceeding, in the aggregate, 500 horsepower based upon the relieving capacity of the safety valves when steam is generated by the use of liquid, or gaseous fuel, electric or atomic energy or any other source of heat, or engines and turbines not exceeding 50 horsepower each, who is held responsible by the owners as well as the proper authorities for the daily operation and maintenance of the steam boiler, engines, and/or turbines must hold a Third Class Engineer license. This person is also the person responsible for all persons operating these boilers, engines, and/or turbines.

      Required Professional Experience:

      • 1-1/2 years experience in a boiler or steam power plant as a steam engineer, fireman, control room operator, water tender, auxiliary operator or engineer's assistant; or
      • 2 years experience operating a steam plant or plants having at least one engine or turbine of not less than 50 horsepower; or
      • Held and used a First Class Firemen's License as an engineer, assistant engineer, control room operator or a fireman for at least 1 year; or
      • Held and used an equivalent license in the United States Merchant Marine for 1 year; or
      • Held and used an equivalent license from another state for 1 year.
    • Apply for a Second Class Engineer's License

      Anyone who is in actual authority as the ‘Engineer-in-charge’, of any boiler, engines or turbines not exceeding 150 horsepower each, who is held responsible by the owners as well as the proper authorities for the daily operation and maintenance of the steam boiler, engines, and/or turbines must hold a Second Class Engineer license. This person is also the person responsible for everyone operating these boilers, engines, and/or turbines.

      Required Professional Experience:

      • 2 years experience operating a steam plant or plants having at least one engine or turbine of not less than 50 horsepower; or
      • Held and used a Third Class Engineer's License as an engineer, assistant engineer, control room operator or a fireman for at least 1 year; or
      • Held and used an equivalent license in the United States Merchant Marine for 2 years; or
      • Held and used an equivalent license from another state for 2 years.
      • Held and used a special license to operate a first class plant for not less than 2 years;  or
      • U.S. citizen who has served 3 years as an apprentice to the machinist or boiler making trade in stationary, marine, or locomotive engine or boiler works and has been employed one year in connection with the operation of a steam plan; or
      • Has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from any duly recognized school of engineering, who has been employed for 1 year in connection with the operation of a steam plant.
    • Apply for a First Class Engineer License

      Anyone who is in actual authority as the "Engineer-in-charge", who is held responsible by the owners as well as the proper authorities for the daily operation and maintenance of the steam boiler, engines, and/or turbines must hold a First Class Engineer license. This person is also the person responsible for everyone operating these boilers, engines, and/or turbines.

      Required Professional Experience:

      • 3 years as engineer in charge of a steam plant or plants having at least one engine or turbine of over 150 horsepower; or
      • Held and used a Second Class Engineer's License for at least 1 and ½ years; or
      • Held and used an equivalent license in the United States Merchant Marine for 3 years; or
      • Held and used an equivalent license from another state for 3 years.
    • Renewal of Fireman and Engineer Licenses

      These licenses are good for five years.

      There is a requirement for 30 hours of continuing education for all grades. Please see the list of approved schools for continuing education.

      60 days before the expiration of your license you will receive the application to renew by mail. Please submit the completed application, fee, and documentation of continuing education at least 30 days before your license expires.

      There is no exam for renewal.

    More info

    When a designated Engineer in Charge is assigned to a facility or leaves a position they must notify the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Program using the Engineer in Charge Notification Form.

    Engineers are required to keep the information on site contained in the State Log Book. DFS provides a template as a courtesy.

    Operators are required to keep a log book with the information contained in the template State Log Book.

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    Contact

    Address
    1 State Road, Stow, MA 01775
    Phone

    For other Fire Safety Division Licensing call (978) 567-3375

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