Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training and Certification - Course 20

Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training and Certification

Fort Myers (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Lake Buena Vista
Gainesville
Venice (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Destin
West Palm Beach (Two Consecutive Thur.-Sat.)
Fort Myers (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Altamonte Springs
Gainesville
Venice (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Tampa (Two Consecutive Weekends - Sat. & Sunday)
Fort Myers (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Destin
Jacksonville (Two Consecutive Weekends - Sat. & Sunday)
Lake Buena Vista
Venice (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Gainesville
Fort Myers (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Venice (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)
Destin
Jacksonville (Two Consecutive Weekends - Sat. & Sunday)
Fort Myers (Two Consecutive Fri. & Sat.)

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Cancellation Policy - If you cannot attend, written notification must be received at least two working days prior to the course. You may either transfer to another class (transfer credit good for only one year), send a substitute, or receive a refund.
In the event that a course is canceled, UF/TREEO is not responsible for non-refundable travel fares or lodging deposits.

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Attributes
  • CEU's: 3.0:
  • FBPE Provider #: 0004021 (Course #0009092) 30.0 PDH
  • FDEP OCP 04131042: 3.0 DW WW DS
  • FBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board Provider #: 0000995
  • FBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board Course #: 0003509
  • FBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board Course Hours: 18.5 (Includes BSP)
  • Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at TREEO: (off-site times vary)
Coordinator Marta Keilhauer     email: mkeilhauer@treeo.ufl.edu     phone: (352) 392-9570 x229
Description

This five-day course provides guidelines for acceptable practices for testing and annual inspection of backflow prevention assemblies used in cross-connection control programs. At the end of the course, an individual evaluation is administered to those who choose to participate in the voluntary certification program sponsored by the UF TREEO Center.

This course is for Tester Certification only. For Repair Certification, you must take the Repair Certification and Maintenance Course.
 
Daily breaks are scheduled. You are on your own for lunch.
 
Courses in Gainesville, Florida
 
 
Course Objective
The Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester is needed by administrative authorities around the country to assure the backflow prevention assemblies installed continue to protect the drinking water. The Backflow Assembly Tester course is a rigorous five-day course that meets all American Backflow Prevention Association standards for certification in backflow assembly prevention testing. Time is spent in the classroom and the working wet lab.  Students receive hands-on and practical instruction on how to test backflow devices. Upon successful completion of a hands-on test in the lab and a written exam, students are awarded a certificate as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester. 
 
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
  • Explain the basic hydraulics of a backflow condition and the differences between backflow due to backpressure and backsiphonage
  • Describe the different types of backflow prevention assemblies and what backflow conditions they protect against
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for the reduced pressure principle backflow preventions assembly
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for the double check valve assembly
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for  the pressure vacuum breaker assembly

Please Note: You must be present for entire course to receive continuing education credit and a Certificate.

 
Who Should Attend
Those individuals working in water and wastewater professions including: irrigation specialists, landscaping, fire prevention, maintenance personnel, builders/developers, and plumbers.
 
 
Instructors
Les O'Brien,-- Click on location for Instructor for other Training Sites
Senior Training Specialist
            University of Florida TREEO Center-Gainesville
 
 
Certification and Accreditation
The UF-TREEO Center only issues Certificate of Attendance and Certificates of Completion.
 
The TREEO Center does NOT issue backflow licenses.
 
Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers must check with their local water purveyor to find out what other requirements are necessary. Some water districts may require the backflow tester to also be a State licensed plumbing contractor, while other water suppliers may require the backflow tester to be a licensed plumber and certified repair technician. 
  •  Florida Statutes require any person installing or repairing a backflow prevention assembly for a customer be a state licensed plumbing contractor.
Florida Statutes require any person installing, testing, or repairing a backflow prevention assembly on a fire protection system be a state licensed fire sprinkler contractor.
 
 
What Students are Saying about this Course:
 
“The course was informative about reasons for backflow.”
 
“It was hands on and the instructors were knowledgeable.”
 

For more information on certification and accreditation, visit the Continuing Education Credit Information page.

Agenda

Monday  
8:00-8:30 am

Registration

8:30-9:00 am Introductions
9:00-9:30 am Definitions and Hazards of Backflow
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:00 am Health Issues
10:00-10:30 am Laws, Plumbing Codes, and Responsibilities
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-12:00 pm Theory of Hydraulics and Driving Forces
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 pm Methods & Mechanisms for Preventing Backflow
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-3:00 pm Methods & Mechanisms (continued)
3:00-3:30 pm Standards and Testing Labs
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:30 pm How the RP Works
   
Tuesday  
8:00-9:00 am Hands-on Disassembly of RPs
9:00-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:15 am Test Kits and Their Accuracy
10:15-10:45 am RP Test Procedure
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm RP - Hands-on Practice
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30 pm RP - Hands-on Practice
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-3:45 pm Installation of Backflow Preventers
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-5:00 pm RP - Hands-on Practice
   
Wednesday  
8:00-9:30 am DCVA Testing Procedures
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45 am-12:00 pm DCVA - Hands-on Practice
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:30 pm Inspecting for Cross-Connections
1:30-2:00 pm Record Keeping
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-2:45 pm Fire Sprinkler Systems
2:45-3:45 pm Dual Check Valves & Thermal Expansion
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-5:00 pm DCVA & RP - Hands-on Practice
   
Thursday  
8:00-9:00 am Freeze Problems
9:00-9:30 am Lawn Irrigation Systems
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:00 am PVB Testing Procedure
10:00-11:00 am PVB - Hands-on Practice
11:00 am-12:00 pm DCVA & RP - Hands-on Practice
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 pm Open Practice in Wet Lab
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-5:00 pm Open Practice in Wet Lab

 

 
Friday  
8:00-10:00am Written Examination
10:00am - 2:30pm Practical Examination
Upon Completion Awarding of Certificates