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Fire Sprinklers

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office provides licensing and certification issuance to businesses and individuals performing design, installation, testing, and maintenance on all aspects of fire sprinkler systems. The licensing section processes applications for all fire sprinkler business entities and their requisite certificate of competency holders. In this section you will find information on the licensing and certification process as well as links to fire sprinkler training, residential fire sprinkler trailer events and other education opportunities.

UPCOMING FIRE SPRINKLER TRAINING

• Residential Fire Sprinklers: Homes to High Rise
November 6, 2018 | Woodinville

Plumber Installed Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
November 7, 2018 | Woodinville

Fire Sprinkler Systems – Plan Review for AHJ’s
November 13, 2018 | Woodinville

Hydraulic Calculations for Sprinkler Systems
November 14, 2018 | Woodinville

Introduction to Fire Sprinkler Systems
November 27, 2018 | Vancouver

• NFPA 25 – Step by Step Testing
November 27, 2018 | Vancouver

Fire Pump Testing and Analysis
November 28, 2018 | Vancouver

NFPA Overview
November 28, 2018 | Vancouver

RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER TRAILER EVENTS

Available by Request. To request the trailer please complete and return the Fire Sprinkler Trailer Request Form. These forms can be sent via fax at (360) 596-3934 or scanned and e-mailed to firesprinkler@wsp.wa.gov

Levels of Fire Sprinkler
Contractor Licensing

LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor is licensed to work on the installation of sprinkler systems falling under the purview of the National Fire Protection Association N.F.P.A. 13 – D. This means any single or dual family occupied residential structure and its dedicated underground fire service mains. Each Level 1 contractor must have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor is licensed to work on the installation of sprinkler systems falling under the purview of N.F.P.A. 13 – D and 13 – R. This means any single or dual family occupied residential structure up to and including a four-story structure and their dedicated underground fire service mains. Each Level 2 contractor must have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor is licensed to work on the installation of sprinkler systems falling under the purview of N.F.P.A. 13 – D, 13 – R, 13 and/or 24. This means any kind of work on any kind of structure including the dedicated underground fire service mains of such structures. Each Level 3 contractor must have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

LEVEL U: A Level U Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor is licensed to work only on the underground installation of the dedicated fire protection sprinkler system supply main falling under the purview of N.F.P.A. 24. This means any installation of underground work of any kind for any type of structure. Each Level U contractor must have at least one employee certified as their Certificate of Competency Holder.

LEVEL I&T: A Level I and T Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractors are allowed to contract for the inspection and testing work of a wet and dry pipe fire protection sprinkler system under the purview of N.F.P.A. 25. Each individual who physically performs such inspection and testing work must be certified by this office as competent.

Levels of Certification

LEVEL 1: A level 1 Certificate of Competency Holder is an employee of a Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor. The Certificate allows the employee to do work on the installation and design of sprinkler systems falling under National Fire Protection Association (N.F.P.A.) 13 – D. [Single or dual family occupancy residential structure and its dedicated underground fire service main]. To qualify for this level you will need to take the certification examination offered by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, possess National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies [N.I.C.E.T.] Level 2 in Water Based Sprinkler Layout Systems, or equivalency.

LEVEL 2: A level 2 Certificate of Competency Holder is an employee of a Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor. The Certificate allows the employee to work on the installation and design of sprinkler systems falling under the purview of N.F.P.A. 13 – D and 13 – R. [Single or dual family occupancy residential structure up to and including a four-story structure and their dedicated underground fire service main]. This level of design requires the Certificate of Competency Holder to have at least a N.I.C.E.T. level 2 certification in Water Based Sprinkler System Layout, or equivalency.

LEVEL 3: A level 3 Certificate of Competency Holder is an employee of a Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor. The Certificate allows the employee to work on the installation and design of sprinkler systems falling under the purview of N.F.P.A. 13 – D, 13 – R, 13 and/or 24. [This means any kind of work on any kind of structure including the dedicated underground fire service main of such structures]. This level of design requires the Certificate of Competency Holder to have at least a N.I.C.E.T. Level 3 Certification in Water Based Sprinkler System Layout, or equivalency.

LEVEL U: A level U Certificate of Competency Holder is an employee of a Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor. The Certificate allows the employee to work on only the underground installation of the dedicated fire protection sprinkler system supply main falling under the purview of N.F.P.A. 24. [Any installation of underground work of any kind for any kind of structure] To qualify for this level, you will need to take the certification examination offered by the State Fire Marshal’s Office

LEVEL ITT: A level ITT Certificate of Competency Holder is an employee of a Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor. This certification allows the COC inspection and testing work of a wet and dry pipe fire protection sprinkler system under the purview of N.F.P.A. 25. Each and every individual who physically performs such inspection and testing work must be certified by this office as competent. This specialized level requires the Certificate of Competency Holder to have at least a N.I.C.E.T. Level II Certification in Inspection and Testing of Water Based Systems. Allows an individual to perform only inspection and testing of water based fire protection systems, with the exception of preaction, deluge, or systems with fire pumps.

Other Levels of Certification:

Additional Information:

Complaints

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) regulates fire protection sprinkler system contractors for statutory compliance. This includes any business entity licensed or not and any individual certified or not who engages in worked regulated by RCW 18.160, RCW 18.270, and WAC 212-80.

  • Complaints

    The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) regulates fire protection sprinkler system contractors for statutory compliance. This includes any business entity licensed or not and any individual certified or not who engages in worked regulated by RCW 18.160, RCW 18.270, and WAC 212-80.

    The relevant statutes and rules authorize SFMO to deny fire sprinkler licenses, take administrative action against licensees, and impose civil penalties.

    The SFMO initiates action when there has been a complaint (from the public or an Authority Having Jurisdiction), or when the SFMO has concerns about the licensee. Depending on the facts, the SFMO notifies the company or individual about the investigation and scope of the complaint in writing. If the violation involves unlicensed work by a company, the SFMO will also send a Cease and Desist Order.

    Once the investigation is complete, the SFMO sends an Administrative Violation Notice (AVN) letter with a civil penalty notice. The letter explains the charges in detail and the results of the investigation. Once the recipient receives the letter and penalty notice, the recipient must either pay the fine or appeal the action.

    Within the AVN will be instructions regarding the time frame in which a recipient has to appeal the action through both an informal conference (WAC 212-80-235) and formal hearing process (WAC 212-80-240).

  • Forms