General Questions

WA Fire Careers is currently made up of six fire and life safety agencies:

  • Eastside Fire & Rescue
  • Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority
  • Renton Regional Fire Authority
  • South King Fire & Rescue
  • Tukwila Fire Department
  • Valley Regional Fire Authority

When you participate in a WA Fire Careers exam, your scores are sent to all of our agencies.

Yes. Every agency within the WA Fire Careers family is phasing out of their previous testing vendor and into the WA Fire Careers exam process. So, even if you recently took a test with Public Safety Testing or National Testing Network, we highly recommend you test with us as well.

Keep in mind that WA Fire Careers keeps your scores active for up to one (1) year and we only offer an exam window when more applicants are needed. The current exam window may be your only opportunity to apply for our agencies over the next 1-2 hiring periods, or 1-2 fire academies.

Also, remember that our single exam fee of $33 includes having your scores sent to all of the agencies within our organization.

The exam fee for WA Fire Careers is $33, however all applicants also pay applicable taxes and fees in the amount of $1.29. These are fees imposed by the vendor that processes payments for the exam, not fees imposed by or retained by our organization. The fees results in a final total of $34.29.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

Yes. As long as you meet the minimum age requirements to take the exam by the date the exam is being administered, you may register for the exam.

No. In fact, none of our agencies require you to have an EMT certificate prior to employment.

No. You need to make sure you have a CPAT by the time you’re contacted for an interview with one of our agencies. You do not need to have it in order to take the written exam.

Exam Registration

The first part of the registration process is Payment. The exam fee covers most of our administrative costs to offer the exam to applicants at a more affordable rate, using a more convenient exam method (online).

The second part of the registration process is the Pre-Screen Application. This application provides us some additional information, as well as serves as your first entry into our hiring system. Essentially, by registering for the exam, you are also take the first step into our hiring process in a single form.

Completing both of these steps is required in order for you to proceed forward and receive both the exam orientation guide, and your exam credentials to login and take the exam during the exam window. So, be sure you complete both.

If you are not automatically redirected to our pre-screen application once your payment is made, consult your confirmation email for a link to the pre-screen application. Your confirmation email from us (not the receipt you receive from Stripe) contains a direct link to the application to complete part 2 of the registration process.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail from us, and did not receive a receipt from Stripe, after making a payment, it is likely your payment did not go through. You may try again or contact us for additional assistance.

Once your registration is fully completed – you have paid your exam fee and completed the pre-screen application – that’s it! You will be e-mailed a detailed orientation guide after the registration deadline closes. This guide will fully walk you through the exam process and even provide some example test questions to get you comfortable with the exam format. If you do not receive the exam orientation guide within a few days of the registration deadline closing, let us know.

Exam Access & System Requirements

Here are the basic system requirements necessary to take our online exam:

You must use a desktop computer or laptop computer.

  • Cellphones, Android, iOS or Microsoft Tablets and Chromebooks are NOT supported.
  • Disable any updates to your desktop or laptop on test day.
You must use a webcam, microphone, and speakers (built-in or external).

  • It is your responsibility to make sure your webcam is working for the entirety of the test and that you can see yourself throughout the examination.
Your connection to the internet/network must reflect the following:

  • At least 2 Mbps download and upload speed is required at a minimum.
  • Test your internet speed prior to test and don’t run unnecessary applications in the background.
Supported browsers: Google Chrome (v39 or later) or Mozilla Firefox.

  • Make sure your browser’s pop-up blocker is disabled.

If you have any technical difficulties accessing your exam, please contact the exam proctor – Examity – right away. They can be reached online via their support chat or you may call them directly at: (855) 382-6489 (option 1).

Your exam instructions will come from the following email, using the following subject line:  “noreply@examity.com” with the subject line, “TestGenuisfull – Examity – Test Taker Registration.”

Be sure to check your inbox and your junk/spam folder for this email. If you do not find the email, please contact either the Exam Administrator, FPSI, or the Exam Proctor, Examity, directly to make sure you receive your access instructions prior to the exam window. FPSI can be reach at: help@fpsi.com. Examity can be reached at: (855) 392-6489 (option 1).

Applicants who do not take the exam because they did not receive their access instructions will not be eligible for a refund and will not have the opportunity to make-up the exam at a later date.

Our exam windows are specific, 48-hour time periods specified at the time of your registration. However, applicants only have 2.5 hours within that exam window to start and complete their exam. You select that 2.5 hours time period when you access the Examity system a few days prior to the exam window unlocking. Once you begin your exam, you must complete it within that 2.5 consecutive hours. You may not close the exam and come back to it at a later time. Make sure you start your exam with at least 2.5 hours left in the exam window. Make sure you have at least 2.5 hours of uninterrupted time to complete the exam.

Applicants who do not complete the exam during either their 2.5 hours of allotted time, or do not complete their exam within the exam window, will not be eligible for a refund of their exam fee and will not be able to take the exam again until the next exam window.