DFS Licensing

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

Look up a DFS License

Get information on Boiler and Pressure Vessel Licenses. These include licenses for:

  • steam firemen and engineers (power plant operators),
  • boiler and pressure vessel inspectors,
  • oil burner technicians.

 

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 schedule

 ALL exams are held at 10:00 a.m.

Exams

Exam dates Application deadlines

BOTH Fire Suppression AND
Commercial Hood Cleaning

July 17, 2019

Sept 18, 2019

Nov 13, 2019

June 28, 2019

Aug 30, 2019

Oct 25, 2019

 

 

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

 

Aug 21, 2019

Oct 16, 2019

 

Aug 2, 2019

Sept 27, 2019

Licensing exam study materials

DFS provides study materials for licensing exams. Download and study the materials for any exam you plan to take. 

Additional Resources for

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. 
  • All exams start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
  • 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.licensing@dfs.state.ma.us.
  • For questions on Boiler and Pressure Vessel licenses, contact: (978) 567-3780.
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