Certification Testing

 Prepare for 2020: New citations will be introduced in 2020 for a small number of violation types to help improve compliance and safety in Seattle. To avoid violations for failure to submit confidence test reports on time or preventable "false" fire alarms, see more information here. 

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