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Fire Safety Systems Licensing Program

114.2 Licenses required. Denver Fire Department licenses shall be required for the design, installation, modification, inspection, and testing of all life safety and conveyance systems and equipment. All life safety fitters/technicians shall be licensed to design, install, add to, modify, and perform all types of inspections, testing, maintenance, and repair of factory-engineered equipment. Conveyance inspectors and mechanics shall be licensed by the Fire Department per Section 114.3. All persons required to have a permit, license or certificates shall have a current—for calendar year—permit, license or certificate.

In the City and County of Denver , all installers of life safety systems, and all those who perform the service of inspecting those systems, must have current licenses issued by the Denver Fire Department. These safety systems include:

  • Fire protection systems (sprinkler systems)
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Public Safety Bi-Directional Amplifier Systems (BDA)
  • Fire Pumps
  • Health Safety Coordinator
  • Mass Notification Communication Systems
  • Venue Safety and Emergency Evacuation Coordinator
  • Central Station Runner
  • Apprentices doing this work under a journeyman, who are registered in an approved apprentice training program or have a signed agreement in place with a contractor (see below), are required to be registered with the Denver Fire Department (but not required to hold a license). 
In the future, additional licensing programs will be added, such as smoke control and hood systems. An announcement will appear on this web page whenever a new licensing program is added.

The Denver Fire Department Licensing Program has recently updated our process with regards to applying for Apprentice and Journeyman’s licenses and taking tests for all fire safety system’s disciplines. The reasons we are implementing these changes is in order to streamline and automate our current processes for you our customers, and to be more efficient and effective overall. With our new “Target Solutions” licensing software program Apprentices and Journeymen applicants will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to an online account with your own password protected user profile
  • The ability to view, modify and update current personal information on the Target Solutions website
  • Scoring and test results will be received immediately at the conclusion of a test
  • Certificates will also be immediately available for printing following tests
  • Applicants will be able to pay for licensing program services online with a credit card by following an ECS link in Target Solutions
  • And, in the future, applicants will be able to take tests online via the Target Solutions website at certified testing facilities.

Access our new DFD licensing Target Solutions platform, below, to find more information regarding this new testing solution along with easy to understand tutorials and helpful walk-throughs that will help you get started and on your way.

For additional information regarding the DFD licensing program please contact Robert Manek (Fire Safety Systems Licensing Program Coordinator) at 720-913-3465 or email to



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

Becoming Registered as an Apprentice

To be registered as an apprentice, you must:
  • Be registered in an approved apprentice training program focusing on the installation, repair and alteration of fire systems or electrical systems, or
  • Have a signed agreement in place with a contractor, indicating that within six (6) months of your hire you will be required to begin and complete an approved course of study and work experience.
  • Apply to be registered and pay the $20 registration fee.

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.

Payments for Services & Fees

Checks made payable to:

Denver Manager of Finance

You can deliver in person to:
745 West Colfax Avenue - 1st Floor
(receipt will be issued)

Or mail to:
P.O. Box 733422
Dallas, TX 75373-3422

Payment may also be made online by credit card.

You can also call (720) 913-3474 if you have questions regarding making payments.

Contact Us

For questions please contact us at:

Fire Prevention 
720-913-3474 or


Main Office:
745 W. Colfax Ave. 
Phone: 720-913-3474

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For Non-Emergencies Dial 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311


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