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Fire Sprinklers

Levels of Fire Sprinkler
Contractor Licensing

In Washington State, a company contracting to design, install, inspect, test, maintain, and/or service any portion of a water-based fire protection sprinkler system must be licensed by the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office.

There are five levels of fire sprinkler licenses available:

Levels of Certification

Fire Sprinkler Certificate of Competency

Any contractor licensed to design and install water-based fire protection sprinkler systems must have at least one Certificate of Competency Holder (COC) in their employ, holding the same level of certification as the contractor’s licensing level. This requirement is reflected in the specialized level of licensing.

Other Certificate Holders:

Fire Sprinkler Training

The State Fire Marshal’s Office in accordance with Revised Code of Washington provides fire sprinkler training and assistance to local fire authorities, the fire sprinkler industry and the public, at no cost.

The courses offered are taught to current NFPA standards utilizing nationally recognized providers of fire protection education and training. The training providers are International Code Council Preferred Providers allowing attendees the added benefit of achieving continuing education credits under the International Code Council certification process. In an effort to reach as many people as possible the SFMO provides regular fire sprinkler training classes throughout the state.

Click here for a current list of classes and registration forms.

Residential Fire Sprinkler
Demonstration Trailer

The Residential Fire Sprinkler Demonstration Trailer allows the public, fire districts, and the fire sprinkler industry to view a live fire demonstration of the effectiveness of sprinkler systems at saving lives and preventing further property damage.

The trailer is available free of charge and is scheduled on a first come / first served basis.

  • Requesting the Trailer for a Demonstration

    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

    FAQS:
    • A level parking area is needed measuring at least 10 feet x 30 feet.
    • The viewing side of the trailer is the driver’s side.
    • A water connection (outdoor faucet or fire hydrant) within 100 feet is needed.
    • Availability of shore power (240V connection).

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