Certification Testing

Coming Soon! Preview 2019 fee changes for SFD certification

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 $407 per examination - required once every 3 years
Renewal No charge - requires annual renewal
Replacement Card $55 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

Alignment of SFD Fire Alarm Certification Requirements with State Requirements for NICET II that Take Effect July 2018

The Building Code Council has voted to change the compliance date for the fire alarms NICET II requirement. Effective July 1, 2018, state law will require technicians working on fire alarms to hold a NICET II certification 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 certification will need to demonstrate that they hold the NICET II certification. (Electricians solely performing installation of wiring or performing other work on fire alarms systems consistent with the meaning of "electrical work" in RCW 19.28 do not require an FA-1.)