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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.


Exam dates Application deadlines

BOTH Fire Suppression AND
Commercial Hood Cleaning

March 18, 2020

May 20, 2020

July 15, 2020

September 23, 2020

November 4, 2020

February 28, 2020

May 1, 2020

June 26, 2020

September 4, 2020

October 16, 2020


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


April 15, 2020

June 17, 2020

August 19, 2020

October 21, 2020


March 27, 2020

May 29, 2020

July 31, 2020

October 2, 2020

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
  • 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.