Certification Testing

Latest News

  • Spring 2022 - Compliance Engine Updates New Fire Alarm Acceptance Test Form (required prior to final inspection starting April 2022) and small updates to annual forms for Fire Alarm, BDA/DAS and Sprinkler. See Fire Marshal's letter.
  • Alternative Extinguishing Systems Certification Card Holders are required by state law to hold NAFED certification since July 2021. Technicians with E-1, E-2, E-3 and E-4 certifications will need to present the appropriate NAFED/ICC certification at the time of SFD testing or renewal. Learn more 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.

COVID Requirements for People Taking Exams at the Fire Marshal's Office: As of April 4, 2022, masks will be recommended but not required.  If you would like a mask and do not have one, we will provide one for you. At this time, visitors to City buildings are not required to show vaccination/negative test results.

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

Review this document for information about the types of certification exams.

ApplicationsFees
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 over the phone at (206) 386-1450 or securely and conveniently online.

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 one in the message. 

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

Testing hours are:
Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Location:
220 3rd Avenue South, 2nd floor
Seattle, WA 98104-2608

Since July 1, 2018, state law requires technicians working on fire alarm systems to hold a NICET II certification to perform all inspection, testing, maintenance and programming not defined as "electrical construction trade" by Chapter 19.28 RCW. Beginning July 1, 2019, the state and SFD will also accept Electronic Security Association/National Testing School Certified Fire Technician Level II (ESA/NTS CFAT II). All technicians seeking to receive or renew the City of Seattle FA-1 and FA-ITM certifications must demonstrate that they have the NICET II or ESA/NTS CFAT II.

Electricians solely performing installation of wiring or performing other work on fire alarm systems consistent with the meaning of "electrical construction trade" in Chapter 19.28 RCW do not require an FA-1 or FA-ITM certification to work in Seattle.