Obtaining a License

To obtain a license, you will need to:

  • Apply for a license and pay a non-refundable application fee ($25)
  • Schedule an exam. (An application must be completed and submitted, along with an additional $75 fee for the test, to schedule an exam.)
  • Successfully pass the licensing test. The licensing test is made up of questions based on the relevant standards for that safety system; see the links below for details.
  • If you did not pass the test, you need to pay the $75 fee to take the test again.


  •  In code-revision years (generally every three years), all licensed installers/inspectors must reapply, pay the renewal fee (currently $75) and take the complete revised test. 2010 is a code revision year.
  • In non-code-revision years, installers may renew their license upon payment of a renewal fee. The renewal fee for installers/inspectors is subject to change annually. 2011 and 2012 are non-code-revision years.

All apprentice registrations must be renewed annually.


If you have any questions related to the Denver Department of Safety licensing program or would like to schedule a test, please contact the Fire Safety Systems Licensing Program Coordinator at 720-913-3465 or robert.manek@denvergov.org.



License / Apprentice Card

Upon successfully passing the test or registering as an apprentice, you will be issued a license or an apprentice card, which is laminated and comes with a lanyard and a clip so that it can be kept with you while you are at work. You may slip the license or card into your pocket at times when it would be in the way, but in general it is to be kept visible at all times while on the job site.