Eligibility Requirements

WA Fire Careers is made up of several different fire agencies from throughout King County, WA. Each of these agencies has its own exam and hiring eligibility requirements. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements to register for the exam and apply for employment before you begin the registration process. The requirements to consider include:

Exam Requirements

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Requirements

Pre-employment Requirements

Veterans Preference Requirements

Exam Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements applicants need to meet for each agency to take the online exam.

Must be able to show proof of legal right to work in the U.S.
Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority

Renton Regional Fire Authority

Tukwila Fire Department

At least 18 years old
Eastside Fire & Rescue

South King Fire & Rescue

Valley Regional Fire Authority

At least 21 years old

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Requirements

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is not required to take the written exam, but it will be required to move forward in the hiring process. You will need to have a valid CPAT if you are contacted to participate in the interview process. Keep the following items in mind:

Your CPAT must be provided by an IAFF certified CPAT provider.
You must be able to show proof of a current CPAT by the time you’re invited for an interview.
A current CPAT is one that was completed within the last 12 months.
CPAT centers do not have CPATs available every day. Make sure you plan ahead so that your CPAT is completed in time.

WA Based IAFF Certified CPAT Centers

Public Safety Testing

National Testing Network

Pre-Employment Requirements

In addition to the exam requirements above, applicants must also meet the minimum requirements listed below to move forward in the hiring process with each agency.

Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Must show proof of passing the CPAT by the time you are contacted to interview.
Must pass a personal and professional reference check.
Must pass a criminal background check.
Must pass an NFPA 1582 standard firefighter medical exam.
Must pass an illegal drug screening.
Must pass a psychological exam.


Applicants wishing to claim veterans preference will be required to upload a digital copy of their DD-214 discharge form and a completed Civil Service Veterans Scoring Declaration form during the pre-screen application part of the registration process.  The Civil Service Declaration form is available here.