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Planning to start a business as a fire extinguisher technician or inspector? It’s a “hot” industry! But before you start taking on clients, you’ll first need to get your fire extinguisher permit. This essentially states that you have been tested in fire safety and prevention, and that you will use the state’s standards for installation, maintenance, and inspection of fire extinguishers.

Taking the Test

Each state has its own exam for professionals in the fire extinguisher industry. There are different types of fire extinguisher licenses, depending on the area you plan to focus on. These include:

  • Residential
  • Kitchen cooking systems
  • Planning
  • Portable
  • Fixed system

You may be required to take more than one exam, so talk to your business license agency to find out what you need to do, as well as what other business licenses, permits & tax documents you need.

In the training materials, you will learn a variety of useful information relating to fire extinguisher safety, including:

  • Servicing
  • Recharging
  • Repairing
  • Testing
  • Inspecting
  • Installing

Most states offer training and exams online, which makes it easy for you to study for your fire extinguisher building permit exam and take it at your convenience from home. Note that there may be a fee from the online exam site in addition to what you’ll pay for your fire extinguisher permit.

Once you pass the test, you can continue your application for your fire extinguisher license. You’ll include information about you and your new business on the business license application, and be required to pay a fee. Most fire extinguisher permits renew after several years, at which time you will pay the renewal fee, usually less than your initial fire extinguisher license application fee. Check to see if your state requires additional training or continuing education to keep your fire extinguisher license up to date.