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FMOInspectionFire Prevention Fee and Service Changes as of January 1, 2017

Fire prevention fees including certification exam fees are increasing in 2017. The fee increases are intended to more closely align fee levels with current service costs, and include an additional 7% increase to partially offset the cost of replacing aging technology systems in the Fire Marshal’s Office over the next five to six years.

Preview Certification changes.

Seattle Fire Department certification is required of persons who install, maintain, service and test fire and life safety systems in the city of Seattle.

The Seattle Fire Department administers examinations and provides a Certification Study Information packet. This packet is available online in PDF file format only.

The packet contains information on:

  • Exam dates and times
  • How to schedule an exam
  • List of resources pertaining to fire and life safety issues
  • Study material bibliographies

View or download the Certification Study Information Packet.



Exam Application

$407 per examination, required once every 3 years

Renewal Application

No charge, however certificates are required to be renewed annually

Replacement Card Application

$55 per card

To schedule an exam:

Changes to the Certification Program in 2017

Documentation of State Certification of Competency for Sprinklers Beginning January 1, 2017
The certification application process currently asks customers seeking sprinkler certification to sign an affidavit that they have and will maintain a State issued Certification of Competency. Beginning January 1, 2017, in addition to signing the affidavit, customers will be asked to present a copy of the current documentation along with their application.

Alignment of SFD Fire Alarm Certifications with State Certifications Beginning July 1, 2018
The Building Code Council has voted to change the compliance date for fire alarms NICET II requirement. Effective July 1, 2018, state law will require technicians working on fire alarms to hold a NICET II license to perform all inspection, testing, maintenance and programming not defined as "electrical construction trade" by chapter 19.28 of the Revised Code of Washington. As a result, beginning July 1, 2018, technicians seeking to receive or renew the FA-1 and FA-ITM certificate will need to demonstrate that they hold the NICET II certification.

New Systems Testing Oversight (Confidence Test Reporting) Program to Begin July 1, 2017
For more information, see our Summary of Systems Testing Reporting Program.

Certification fees can be paid by credit card.  Payment by credit card can be made by over the phone by calling (206) 386-1450 during regular business hours, in person at the Fire Marshal's Office during regular business hours or, for certification testing only, make your payment securely and conveniently online.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Certification Unit by email or phone (206) 386-1444 and (206) 386-1351.

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Last Modified:   June 16, 2017

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