Amusement Ride Safety & Inspections

Amusement ride inspector certification

Click here for a list of qualified amusement ride safety inspectors.

Requirements for becoming an amusement ride inspector

Per WAC 296-403A-170 - Amusement Ride Inspector qualifications, an amusement ride inspector must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Two years experience with an insurance company as an amusement ride inspector.
    • or two years experience inspecting amusement rides and enforcing amusement ride codes while employed by a state of other governmental body regulating amusement rides;
    • or not less than five years documented field operating and maintenance experience with amusement rides and devices, including responsibility for erection, assembly, disassembly;
  • Personnel supervision responsibility for erection, maintenance and operating functions;
    • or not less than ten years documented practical experience in design, construction, maintenance, repair, field inspection and operation of amusement rides and devices as an authorized representative of a recognized amusement ride manufacturer;

In addition to the above criteria, an amusement ride inspector must be certified by the department after demonstrating competency by:

  • Passing an amusement ride inspector competency examination administered by the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials for NAARSP Level II or other certification organizations recognized by the department.

An amusement ride inspector may work without certification as a trainee, if directly and continually supervised during the inspection process by a certified amusement ride inspector.

How to become an amusement ride inspector

  1. Complete the application form Application for Amusement Ride Inspector Certification (F500-065-000) (A fillable form — 98 KB PDF).
  2. Send it to L&I's Electrical program along with the following:
    • The $20.00 application fee,
    • Documentation of having met the requirements listed in WAC 296-403A-170 (above).
  3. L&I will send you a certificate that is valid for one (1) year and allows you to perform safety inspections for amusement ride operators.

How to renew your certification

Once you receive your renewal notice, you will be required to:

  1. Attend at least one amusement ride safety and maintenance seminar sponsored by AIMS, IAAPA, NW Showman’s Club, NAARSO or equivalent approved by the department. Verification of attending this program must be submitted with the renewal form.
  2. Send the following, by your expiration date:
    • the completed renewal form,
    • the seminar attendance verification,
    • the $20 fee,

    to the Department Labor & Industries Electrical Program, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, WA 98504-4460.

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