DFS Licensing

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

Licensing topic areas

The Department of Fire Services issues licenses, permits and certificates for the following 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 schedule

 ALL exams are held at 10:00 a.m.


Exam dates Application deadlines

Fire suppression

Commercial hood cleaning

March 21, 2018

May 23, 2018

March 2, 2018

May 4, 2018



Special effects


Blasting R & D

February 14, 2018

April 18, 2018


January 26, 2018

March 30, 2018


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

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 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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