Certification Testing

 Beginning July 1, 2019, technicians seeking to receive or renew the SFD FA-1 or FA-ITM certification can provide either NICET II or ESA/NTS CFAT II to demonstrate compliance with State law. 

A certification is required if you install, maintain, service or test fire and life safety systems in the city. Please refer to Administrative Rule 9.01 for the specific requirements.

Examinations are administered based on the study information packet. The packet contains:

  • Exam dates and times
  • How to schedule an exam
  • Resources about fire and life safety issues
  • Study material bibliographies

What certification exam should I take? 

Exam $444 per examination - required once every three (3) years
Renewal No charge - requires annual renewal
Replacement Card $60 per card


You can pay certification fees by check (payable to the City of Seattle) or credit card. Pay by credit card in person, over the phone at (206) 386-1450 or securely and conveniently online.

Schedule your exam

To schedule an exam: 

Note:  If you receive the recorded message, please follow the instructions. If you wish to receive a confirmation call, please request it in the message.   

You may schedule up to two exams. Re-tests will not be administered on the same day as the original test; a separate appointment must be made.   

Exams are administered:

Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.  


220 3rd Avenue South, 2nd floor

Seattle, WA 98104-2608