DFS Licensing

The Department of Fire Services gives exams for licenses and certifications.

Licensing Topic Areas

Licensing Exam Guidelines

Review these licensing guidelines before you submit an application or take an exam. The guidelines answer questions about:

  • License applications
  • Fees
  • Test preparation
  • Cheating
  • Re-taking exams
  • Testing responsibilities

License Exam Schedules

Exams
Exam Dates
Application Deadlines

Fire Suppression and
Commercial Hood Cleaning

 

November 15, 2023

February 14, 2024

April 17, 2024

June 12, 2024

August 14, 2024

October 16, 2024

 

October 20, 2023

January 19, 2024

March 22, 2024

May 17, 2024

July 19, 2024

September 20, 2024

 

Exams
Exam Dates
Application Deadlines

Cannon/Mortar, Fireworks,
Special Effects, Blasting,
and Blasting R & D

 

October 18, 2023

January 24, 2024

March 13, 2024

May 1, 2024

July 17, 2024

September 18, 2024

November 13, 2024

 

September 22, 2023

December 29, 2023

February 16, 2024

April 5, 2024

June 21, 2024

August 23, 2024

October 18, 2024

 

Licensing Exam Study Materials

Download the following study materials for any exam you plan to take. 

Additional Resources

Licensing Exam Information

  • You must be pre-registered for all license exams. 
  • We must receive your complete current application by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date listed above. If we get your application after the deadline, you cannot take the exam. 
  • No photocopies of applications will be accepted. 
  • You can take exams at: 1 State Road in Stow (park in the remote lot at the top of the hill); and 100 Grochmal Avenue in Springfield. Directions are available at www.mass.gov/dfs.
  • Questions? Contact the Licensing Desk at 978-567-3700 or by email at DFS.FSDLicensing@mass.gov.
  • For questions on Boiler and Pressure Vessel licenses, contact: (978) 567-3780.

Penalties for Working After a License is Suspended or Revoked

Amendments to 527 CMR 1.00, effective May 15, 2020. On May 15, 2020, penalties took effect for performing work that requires a license after it has been suspended or revoked, and for unlicensed individuals who falsely represent themselves as licensed to perform work regulated by the State Fire Code. Additional changes hold companies responsible for knowingly allowing their employees to falsely represent themselves as valid license holders.

Contact for DFS Licensing

Online

Fire Safety Division Licensing Email FSD Licensing at DFS.FSDLicensing@mass.gov

Phone

Fire Safety Division Licensing (Fire suppression, commercial hood cleaning, cannon/mortar, fireworks, special effects, blasting, blasting R&D) Call FSD Licensing, Fire Safety Division Licensing (Fire suppression, commercial hood cleaning, cannon/mortar, fireworks, special effects, blasting, blasting R&D) at (978) 567-3700

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