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NFPA Hot Work Safety Program

NFPA's Hot Work Safety Certificate Program was created to help those in the construction industry develop awareness and understanding of dangers and safety procedures to promote safety on the work site where hot work occurs. Whether you are verifying compliance with local mandates, or are looking to demonstrate that you/your staff are committed to the highest level of safety standards, enroll in the NFPA Hot Work Safety Certificate Training Program.

NEW! NFPA Hot Work Certificate Verification Database

Mandatory program in Boston and Massachusetts

  • The City of Boston requires a Hot Work Safety Certificate for all persons engaged in hot work operations on the work site. This same requirement becomes mandatory state-wide in Massachusetts starting July 1, 2018.

Frequently asked questions

Hot WorkWhat is Hot Work?

Hot work is any activity or process that involves open flames or that generates sparks or heat and includes: Welding and allied processes; heat treating; grinding; thawing pipes; powder-driven fasteners; hot riveting; torch-applied roofing; and any similar applications producing or using sparks, flame or heat.

Why Should I attend a Hot Work Safety Certificate Program training?

Hot work contributes to fires throughout the country, and this training addresses the safe practices needed when planning and executing jobs wherever hot work processes are used. Attending this training demonstrates your commitment to the highest safety standards. It is mandatory in Boston currently and will be in all of Massachusetts as of July 1, 2018.

What is the training program like?

The program provides in-person training to meet these learning objectives: 

  • Identify relevant standards, regulations, and ordinances that are applicable to hot work
  • Describe the various types of hot work
  • Identify common fuel sources and ignition sources
  • Describe the three-step approach to hot work safety
  • Define and identify hot work and hot work hazards
  • Describe hot work evaluation requirements
  • Describe hot work safety team roles and responsibilities
  • Describe hot work permit requirements
  • Read and understand a hot work permit.


NFPA's Guy Colonna and Laura Moreno discuss what you need to know about hot work safety.

How will I be notified if I pass my training class?

  • For public class conducted at NFPA Headquarters: NFPA will be contacting you directly (via email) to let you know if you’ve passed the Hot Work Safety Certificate Program training assessment and, if you have, provide you with your Hot Work Training Certificate.
  • For Online Course and Exam: After completing the online class and exam you will receive immediate notification of your pass/fail status and access to your certificate online. You will also be able to obtain your certificate at any time in your NFPA profile by logging into the NFPA website.
  • For organized labor in Boston:Your Local Administrator will let you know if you passed the assessment and will provide your Hot Work Safety Program Certificate once this information is received from NFPA.
Who conducts this training?

This training is provided by instructors who have been trained by NFPA, and it is now also available in two formats - classroom and online.