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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 Schedule



Exam dates Application deadlines

BOTH Fire Suppression AND
Commercial Hood Cleaning

July 14, 2021

September 22, 2021

November 10, 2021

June 18, 2021

August 27, 2021

October 15, 2021

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

August 18, 2021

October 20, 2021

December 8, 2021

July 23, 2021

September 24, 2021

November 12, 2021

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. 
  • 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
  • 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.

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.