Boiler Certification at Bates

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South Campus

South Campus Room A100
Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Bates offers Boiler Operator Certification Testing, Class I, II and II Operating Engineer and Class IV and V Boiler Fireman. Certification is required to operate boilers in the City of Tacoma. Bates administers testing monthly at South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St, Tacoma. Call 253.680.7402 for more information.

Boiler Certification Test Dates  

Boiler Certification exams are held monthly on Wednesdays. Please note that you must turn in a completed application on or before the application deadline. The application deadline time is 8 p.m.

2014 Test Dates Application Deadline
Nov. 19 Nov. 10
Dec. 17 Dec. 9
2015 Test Dates Application Deadline
Jan. 21 Jan. 13
Feb. 18 Feb. 10
Mar. 18 Mar. 10
Jul. 16 Jul. 8
Apr. 15 Apr. 7
May 20 May 12
Jun. 17 Jun. 9
Jul. 15 Jul. 7
No Test, Summer Break
Sept. 23 Sept. 15
Oct. 21 Oct. 13
Nov. 18 Nov. 10
Dec. 16 Dec. 8

Testing takes place from 5-7 p.m. at Bates' South Campus in Building E, Room E101B. 

Bill Haselhuhn, Chief Boiler Certification Examiner, evaluates each application and will contact individuals who do not meet the test eligibility criteria.

Boiler Certification Packet Materials

  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. How to Apply for the Boiler Certification Exam
  3. Appeals Procedure
  4. Boiler Certification Test Application
  5. SCB Approved Policy
  6. Procedure to Establish Operating Certification for Steam Boiler Operators
  7. Tacoma City Ordinance #26951 (Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 6B.60)
  8. Washington Administrative Code 296-104-100
  9. Referenced Materials for Testing
  10. Sample Test Questions

Boiler Symposium

Bates Technical College, Renton Technical College and the Western Washington Stationary Engineers Training Trust host a two-day Boiler Symposium specifically designed for new and experienced operators. The 2015 event will be held at Renton Technical College in the summer.

This event meets the requirements for the refresher course (required every five years for license renewal) and is approved by both the Steam Certification Board of Tacoma and the Steam Licensing Advisory Board of Seattle. Attendance for the complete event and successfully passing the refresher test is necessary.