Boiler Certification at Bates
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 for: Class I Chief Operating Engineer, Class II and III 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.
All boiler operator certificates must be renewed annually. Renewal notices will be mailed out by June 1. The cost will be $60 to renew between June 1 and the expiration date (August 1). If certificates are not renewed by the expiration date, certificates will enter a 45-day grace period (ending on September 15). During this grace period, a late fee of $25 will be added. Therefore, the total cost to renew a certificate throughout the grace period is $85.
Every five years, there will be a requirement to take a Boiler Refresher course. Refresher courses are usually eight hours long and finished in one or two days. They consist of a review of operation safety and give operators an overview of new technology. An open book test (on what was covered in class) will be given at the end. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the class. You must submit a copy of that Certificate of Completion as proof of attendance. Notification will be mailed out a year in advance as a reminder to take a Boiler Refresher course and will include a list of institutions that offer approved courses. This requirement is in addition to paying your annual renewal fee. Failure to complete a course will result in the expiration of your certificate. The tuition paid for the Boiler Refresher course cannot be applied towards your annual renewal fee.
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
- Eligibility Requirements
- How to Apply for the Boiler Certification Exam
- Appeals Procedure
- Boiler Certification Test Application
- SCB Approved Policy
- Procedure to Establish Operating Certification for Steam Boiler Operators
- Tacoma City Ordinance #26951 (Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 6B.60)
- Washington Administrative Code 296-104-100
- Referenced Materials for Testing
- Sample Test Questions
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.