Certification Testing

COVID Updates and Re-Opening - Fire Marshal's Service Adjustments Summary

  • The Fire Marshal's waiver for exams that was issued earlier in the public health emergency has expired. All technicians must now come in to take required exams for certifications. If you have medical or other concerns, call the Certification Lieutenant at (206) 386-1351 to discuss options.
  • Exams are available by appointment only - NO WALK-INS.
  • The Certification Unit has expanded testing hours to accommodate increased requests. Exams are available on Monday from 1 - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday from 7:30 - 10 a.m., and Wednesday from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Schedule your exam by emailing your application and a copy of any state-required licenses/certifications to SFD_FMO_Certification@seattle.gov. Submit your preferred exam dates on your application form. We will confirm the scheduled dates and times with each applicant.
  • Due to limited staffing, payments should be made in advance if possible on https://web7.seattle.gov/sfd/permits/  
  • Test takers will be asked to wear masks while in our building. Each applicant will have his or her body temperature taken before entering the exam room.

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.   

Temporarily expanded testing hours are:

Monday 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 7:30 - 10 a.m.

Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m.


220 3rd Avenue South, 2nd floor

Seattle, WA 98104-2608