Supervision of Fire Protection Workers


NOTICE OF RELOCATION:  The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office is moving. During this transition between the dates of September 8th, 2023, and September 22nd, 2023, services may be limited. In addition, on Monday, September 11th, 2023, and possibly Tuesday, September 12th, 2023, our phone lines and internet access will be down as services are switched over. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your patience. 


Effective September 11th, 2023, our new address will be:


WV State Fire Commission

State Fire Marshal - 4th Floor North​

1700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E.

Charleston, WV 25314​

West Virginia Code, Chapter 29, Article 3D "Supervision of Fire Protection Workers" 
West Virginia Code of State Rules Title 103, Series 3 "Supervision of Fire Protection Work"

Important Notices:​
No person may perform fire protection work as defined in 29-3D unless licensed by the State Fire Marshal. 
Effective June 16, 2021, due to the passage of new legislative rules​, Fire Damper Technicians, Fire Damper Technicians In-Training, and Sprinkler Fitter's In-Training no longer require licensure to perform fire protection work. 

Types of Fire Protection Worker Licenses:
  • Fire Protection Layout Technician
  • Journeyman Sprinkler Fitter
  • Engineered Fire Suppression System Installer
  • Engineered Fire Suppression System Technician
  • Pre-Engineered Fire Suppression System Installer
  • Pre-Engineered Fire Suppression System Technician
  • Portable Fire Extinguisher Technician 

Licensure Process:
Persons wishing to obtain their Fire Protection License shall provide the following prior to the issuance of the license:

1.  Complete the Fire Protection Worker application.
2.  Be at least 18 years of age.
3.  Pay all application review and license fees. Must be paid by check or money order only. 
4.  Submit ALL work experience, certifications and supporting documentation with the application.

Individual requirements for all FPW licenses are listed on the application. Please click the link below for a copy. 

Application for Fire Protection Worker

Licensure Renewal:
Renewal Notices are mailed to​ the licensee address on file approximately ninety (90) days prior to the license expiration date.
Fire Protection Workers  will have the option of paying for either a one (1) year license renewal or a three (3) year license renewal. 
Please be advised no grace period exists for Fire Protection Worker licenses. All FPW license renewals must be postmarked by the expiration date.
For more information on FPW license renewals or to request copies of renewal forms, please contact the Regulatory and Licensing Division directly at 304-558-2191 and press option 1.