Houston Fire Department

Fire Warden Certification Classes (High Rise)

Any Building Manager in need of High-Rise or Mid-Rise Atruim Certification Training may send attendees to the following monthly seminars at no cost. Monthly seminars are available for management employees and tenant fire wardens of high-rise buildings who need to be certified. Certificates shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of training.

There is no charge for attending these seminars. The only cost incurred may be parking fees, if applicable. Many buildings will have different fire safety features. The building management from each building represented is required to inform its employees and Fire Wardens of their specific fire safety features to complete the certification.

Please note this training is not valid for Mid Rise Evacuation Training. For information on mid rise training please visit the HFD Mid Rise Fire Certication Webpage.



Additional training availability information:
The Houston Fire Department has set up and implemented a list of all high-rise buildings for Fire Safety Plan approvals. This list was set up to ensure that priority is given to buildings that have the greatest need while also providing each building an equal opportunity. The list of buildings is separated into two groups based on whether the building is an occupancy where people sleep, such as hotel, apartments, and condominiums or those buildings where people do not sleep, such as office buildings. Buildings are then sub-grouped by no sprinkler system, partial sprinkler system, or complete sprinkler systems before sorting by building height. The highest priority building is the residential building that is non-sprinklered, and the tallest in height. Our goal is to provide the needed services to approve each building within a two-year cycle. Buildings desiring to expedite the process also have three additional options.
  1. The monthly open high-rise certification seminar is for buildings that have requested to send a limited number of fire wardens and building management employees to a class that is open to all high-rise buildings. The class information is not specific to any particular building and requires building management to supplement the training with their building specifics.
  2. An inspector/instructor in the Life Safety Bureau, Public Education Section - High-rise Fire Safety Plan Approvals, may be obtained to provide training outside his regular work hours on an overtime basis. This may be done by contacting Diana Cardenas by e-mail at: diana.cardenas@houstontx.gov. This should be done prior to payment of a required permit fee so that an instructor can be assigned to made contact with the requesting party, to assist the requesting party with information on the application for over-time training and payment of the permit fees, and to schedule a mutually convenient training date.

    A City of Houston permit fee is required to schedule an inspector/instructor. The permit fee is $326.89 plus an admin fee of $29.18 (as of January 2019).

  3. Having a City of Houston Fire Marshal approved consultant perform the training. The process to receive an approved Fire Safety Plan consist of the three following essential training elements conducted by persons, institutions or companies approved by the Fire Marshal according to regulations established by the Fire Marshal: a consultation with building management, an approved certification training for Fire Wardens and building employees, and a fire drill supervised by persons, institutions or companies approved by the Fire Marshal.