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DFS Licensing

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

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.


Exam dates Application deadlines

BOTH Fire Suppression AND
Commercial Hood Cleaning

Mar 20, 2019

May 22, 2019

Mar 1, 2019

May 3, 2019



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



Feb 13, 2019

Apr 17, 2019

Jun 19, 2019



Jan 25, 2019

Mar 29, 2019

May 31, 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 study materials

Licensing exam information

  • You must be pre-registered for all license exams. 
  • Your complete current application must be received 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.
  • All exams are offered at both 1 State Road in Stow (park in the remote lot at the top of the hill) and at 100 Grochmal Avenue in Springfield. Directions are available at
  • Questions? Contact the Licensing Desk at 978-567-3700 or by email at
  • For questions on Boiler and Pressure Vessel licenses, contact: (978) 567-3780.